IBM System Storage DS8000 series

High performance and superior reliability for the most demanding storage environments


We all struggle to manage the exponential growth of data and the increasing complexity of our IT environments. Much of this is the result of the variety of server environments spread across multiple data centres (DC), each typically with a distinct storage platform that must be managed separately. As the amount and variety of data accelerates, the challenge to manage it, let alone to gain valuable insight from it, further complicates matters.

Smarter storage, such as IBM DS8870, can help organisations simplify their storage environments to spend less time managing them and more time exploring ways to exploit data to grow their businesses. Quick and reliable data access is the driving force behind real-time business analytics and this intelligent, high-end IBM system sets the standard for what an enterprise storage system should be with extraordinary performance, reliability and agility that allows users to make information available exactly where and when it’s needed – easily and effectively.

As the latest model in IBM DS8000 series, DS8870 can bring simplicity to your storage environment with self-optimising performance for both random and sequential application workloads on an extensive variety of distributed server platforms and the mainframe. With the agility and automation to manage all these workloads simultaneously, DS8870 can greatly reduce the challenge of managing your increasingly complex storage environment as your business requirements change.

The logical choice

To support your most demanding, mission-critical applications, DS8870 combines rock-solid resiliency and intelligent flash performance to deliver consistent sub-millisecond application response times.1 The ability to select from all-flash, hybrid-flash or traditional disk configuration options enables users to feel confident about using this agile system to support more workloads. To that end, DS8870 delivers a range of self-tuning features – such as intelligent caching algorithms, automated QOS management and advanced storage tiering that can even optimise data placement between itself and the enterprise servers attached to it. DS8870 also boasts superb HA and exclusive integration with high-end enterprise servers. This is smarter storage for a smarter planet – and for organisations seeking an ideal combination of performance, HA and agility, DS8870 is the logical choice.

DS8870 is a high-performance, high-capacity, secure storage system designed to deliver the highest levels of performance, flexibility, scalability, resiliency and total overall value for the most demanding, heterogeneous storage environments.

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Hardware summary


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