IBM System Storage DS5000 series


The IBM® System Storage DS5000 series is designed to meet the demanding open-systems requirements of today – and tomorrow – while establishing a new standard for lifecycle longevity. Building on many decades of design expertise, the DS5000 storage system’s architecture delivers industry-leading performance, real reliability, multi-dimensional scalability and unprecedented investment protection. DS5000 supports IBM AIX and IBM Power Systems T10-PI Data Integrity Initiative.

DS5000 storage systems are equally adept at supporting transactional applications such as databases and online transaction processing (OLTP), throughput-intensive applications such as high-performance computing (HPC) and rich media, and concurrent workloads for consolidation and virtualisation. With relentless performance and superior reliability and availability, DS5000 series storage systems can support the most demanding service level agreements (SLAs) for the most common operating systems (OS) including Microsoft® Windows®, UNIX®, Linux® and Apple Macintosh. When requirements change, you can add or replace host interfaces, grow capacity, add cache and reconfigure the system on the fly – ensuring that it will keep pace with your growing organisation.

This multi-dimensional scalability allows the DS5000 series storage system to extend beyond the normal three-to four-year lifecycle, protecting your storage investment by delaying, or even eliminating, the expense of migrating data to a new system and allowing you to amortise acquisition costs over extended periods of time. This lifecycle longevity enables DS5000 storage systems to continue delivering value long after other systems have been retired. With drive-level encryption, DS5000 series storage systems support affordable data security with no performance penalty. The DS5000 storage system’s multiple replication options, drive-level encryption, and persistent cache backup can help ensure that any data in cache is captured and safe in the event of a power outage.

Common features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
Flexible, replaceable host interfaces
leading edge performance
Linearly scalable IOPS performance
Balanced performance
Custom XOR engine for RAID parity calculations
Support for multiple RAID levels, including RAID 6
Redundant, hot-swappable components
Up to 448 FC, FC-SAS, FC-SAS nearline, SED, SSD or SATA drives with EXP5000 and up to 480 drives when attaching 8 EXP5060 drive enclosures
IBM System Storage DS Storage Manager software
T10-PI Data Integrity
Dynamic expansion capabilities
Up to 512 partitions
Fully-integrated replication features
Support for heterogeneous, open operating systems
Model DS5100-1818-51A, DS5300-1818-53A
RAID controller Dual active
Cache Up to a total of 64 GB cache
Host interface DS5100: DS5300:
Drive interface Sixteen 4 Gbps FC drive interfaces support up to:
Supported drives with EXP5000 expansion 4 Gbps FC full disk encryption (FDE): 300 GB and 450 GB 15k rpm
6 Gbps FC-SAS: 300 GB, 600 GB and 900 GB 10k rpm
6 Gbps FC-SAS FDE: 300 GB and 900 GB 10k rpm
FC-SAS: 300 GB 15k rpm
FC-SAS FDE: 300 GB 15k rpm
SSD*: 200 GB and 400 GB
4 Gbps SATA: 1 TB and 2 TB 7.2k rpm
6 Gbps FC-SAS nearline: 3 TB 7.2k rpm
Supported drives with EXP5060 expansion SATA: 1 TB and 2 TB 7.2k rpm
FC-SAS nearline: 3 TB 7.2k rpm
RAID levels RAID 0, 1, 3, 5, 6 and 10
Storage partitions 8, 16, 32, 128, 256 or 512 storage partitions
Maximum drives supported*
Fans and power supplies Dual-redundant, hot-swappable
Rack support 19-in. industry standard rack
SAN support Supported SAN fabric and gateways are available online at:

Physical specifications:
Height 17.4 cm (6.87 in.)  
Width 45.1 cm (17.75 in.)  
Depth 61.6 cm (24.25 in.)  
Weight 36.8 kg (81.1 lb)  
Relative humidity (no condensation) DS5000 series Controller Enclosure EXP5000 Drive Enclosure
Operating range 8% – 80% 8% – 80%
Storage range 5% – 80% 5% – 80%
Maximum dew point 26°C (79°F) 26°C (79°F)
Maximum gradient 10% per hour 10% per hour
Altitude ranges DS5000 series Controller Enclosure EXP5000 Drive Enclosure
Operating 30.5 m (100 ft) below sea level to 3,048 m (10,000 ft) above sea level 30.5 m (100 ft) below sea level to 3,000 m (9,842 ft) above sea level
Storage 30.5 m (100 ft) below sea level to 3,048 m (10,000 ft) above sea level 30.5 m (100 ft) below sea level to 3,000 m (9,842 ft) above sea level
Transit 30.5 m (100 ft) below sea level to 12,000 m (40,000 ft) above sea level 30.5 m (100 ft) below sea level to 12,000 m (40,000 ft) above sea level
Heat dissipation DS5000 series Controller Enclosure EXP5000 Drive Enclosure
BTU/hr. 1,905 1,570
kVA 0.562 0.462
Watts (AC) 557 580
Amps (240 V ac) 3 2.25
The tabulated power and heat dissipation values are the maximum measured operating power.
Acoustic noise DS5000 series Controller Enclosure EXP5000 Drive Enclosure
Sound power 6.8 bels 6.75 bels
Sound pressure 68 dBA 67.5 dBA
Power input DS5000 series Controller Enclosure EXP5000 Drive Enclosure
Nominal voltage range 100 – 240 V ac 100 – 240 V ac
Frequency range 50 – 60 Hz 50 – 60 Hz
Max operating current 7.0 A at 100 V ac
3.0 A at 240 V ac
5.4 A at 100 V ac
2.25 A at 240 V ac

Physical specifications:
Height 177.8 mm (7.0 in.)
Width 482.6 mm (19.0 in.)
Depth 825.5 mm (32.5 in.)
Weight Drive-ready (without drive modules installed): 56.7 kg (125 lb)
Fully configured (60 drive modules installed): 102.1 kg (225 lb)
Operating environment:
Temperature (operating) 10°C – 35°C (50°F – 95°F) at 0 m to 914 m (0 ft – 3,000 ft)
10°C – 32°C (50°F – 90°F) at 914 m – 2,133 m (3,000 – 7,000 ft)
Relative humidity (operating) 8% – 80%
Relative humidity (storage) 5% – 80%
Electrical power (per power supply, system rating)
Voltage range 200 – 240 V ac
Operating current 8.62 – 7.19 amperes
Power 1,450 watts
Frequency 50/60 Hz
Heat dissipation 4,884 BTU/hr.
Noise level (normal operation) 6.8 bels

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