IBM System Storage DS3500 Express


IBM® System Storage DS3500 Express combines excellent development with leading 6 gigabits per second (Gbps) host interface and drive technology. With its simple, efficient and flexible approach to storage, DS3500 Express is a cost-effective, fully integrated complement to IBM System x servers, IBM BladeCenter and IBM Power Systems. By offering substantial improvements at a price that fits most budgets, DS3500 Express delivers superb price/performance ratios, functionality, scalability and ease of use for the entry-level storage user.

DS3500 Express offers:

Common features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
IBM System Storage DS Storage Manager
Host interface intermix
Balanced performance
Data protection
Thin provisioning with DDP
IP replication
Complete testing and integration
Support for SED drives
T10-PI data integrity
Scalability up to 192 drives
Support for drive intermix
Nearline SAS drives support
2.5 in. and 3.5 in drive support
SSD support
Superior disk utilisation use
Support for greater than 2 TB of logical unit numbers
Built-in efficiencies
DS3500 Express DC model
Redundant, hot-swappable components
Optional premium features Simplifies ordering of software features:
Online firmware upgrades
Part number 1746A2S DS3512 Express Single Controller Storage System
1746A2D DS3512 Express Dual Controller Storage System
1746A4S DS3524 Express Single Controller Storage System
1746A4D DS3524 Express Dual Controller Storage System
1746T4D DS3524 Express DC Dual Controller Storage System
Redundant Array of Independent Disk (RAID) controller Single or dual active, hot-swappable controllers
Cache 1 gigabyte (GB) cache per controller with 2 GB upgrade (battery-backed)
Host interface Two 6 Gbps SAS host ports per controller standard with the option to add a daughter card with additional connectivity.
Drive interface Single controller subsystem: One 6 Gb SAS drive expansion port
Dual controller subsystem: Two 6 Gb SAS drive expansion ports
Supported drives 6 Gbps SAS 3.5 in. drives: 6 Gbps SAS 2.5 in. drives: Solid-state SAS 2.5 in. drives:*
Data protection levels RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 10 and/or DDP
Software features Thin provisioning with DDP, 128 storage partitions, 32 Enhanced FlashCopy images, host-attachment support for Microsoft Windows and Linux on x86/IBM POWER, IBM AIX, HP-UX, Solaris and MAC OS
Maximum drives supported
Fans and power supplies Dual redundant, hot-swappable
Rack support 2U, 19 in., industry-standard rack
Management software IBM System Storage DS Storage Manager
SAN support Supported Fibre Channel switches and directors, and IP switches
Warranty Three-year parts and labour warranty, 09:00 to 17:00 next business day, upgradable to around-the-clock with six-hour response
Physical characteristics
Dimensions (H × W × D) DS3512: 86.16 mm x 482.47 mm x 551.60 mm (3.39 in. x 18.99 in. x 21.72 in.)
DS3524: 88.07 mm x 482.10 mm x 497.93 mm (3.47 in. x 18.98 in. x 19.60 in.)
Supported systems For a list of currently supported servers, operating systems, host bus adapters, clustering applications and SAN switches and directors, refer to the DS3500 Express Interoperability Matrix.
Model Model description Interface Model includes
1746-T4E EXP3524 DC
Drive enclosure 6 Gb SAS External security manager-embedded
Relative humidity (no condensation) EXP3512/EXP3524 drive enclosure
Operating range 20% – 80%
Storage range 10% – 90%
Maximum dew point 26°C (79°F)
Maximum gradient 10% per hour
Altitude ranges
Operating 30.5 m below sea level to 3,048 m above sea level (100 ft below to 10,000 ft above)
Storage 30.5 m below sea level to 3,048 m above sea level (100 ft below to 10,000 ft above)
Transit 30.5 m below sea level to 12,000 m above sea level (100 ft below to 40,000 ft above)
The tabulated power and heat dissipation values are the maximum measured operating power.
Acoustic noise EXP3512/EXP3524 drive enclosure
Sound power 6.5 bels
Sound pressure 65 dBA
Power input EXP3512/EXP3524 drive enclosure
Nominal voltage range 90 – 264 V ac
Frequency range 50 – 60 Hz
Maximum operating current 3.90 A at 115 V ac
2.06 A at 230 V ac

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