IBM System Storage N3000 Express Modular Disk Storage Systems

Designed as reliable, powerful, scalable modular storage system

Highlights

The promise of expanding the data centre (DC) with small, low-cost servers has led to an unintended consequence – 'stranded storage' from internal disks or direct-attached storage (DAS) solutions. IT professionals today are overwhelmed by the amount of data they have to manage. They are challenged by the need to keep pace with their organisation’s growing business, to improve backup and restore effectiveness and to implement disaster recovery (DR) solutions without overwhelming IT staff – often on a shoestring budget. This has led IBM® to develop solutions that improve storage efficiency and data protection while considering the assets companies currently have.

IBM System Storage N3000 Express systems are designed to provide primary and secondary storage for small to midsized organisations, consolidating all of their fragmented application-based storage and unstructured data into one single-code system. Easily managed and expandable, this platform can help IT generalists increase their effectiveness. N3000 Express systems offer integrated data access, intelligent management software and data protection capabilities – such as those found in higher-end IBM System Storage N series systems – all in a cost-effective package. N3000 Express series innovations include internal controller support for serial attached SCSI (SAS) or serial advanced technology attachment (SATA) drives, expandable I/O connectivity and onboard remote management.

The N3000 Express series is compatible with the entire family of N series storage systems, which features a comprehensive lineup of hardware and software designed to address a variety of possible deployment environments.

The IBM System Storage N3150 system fits 48 terabytes (TB) of internal raw capacity into a 2U enclosure, with optional external expansion that can increase total system raw capacity to 240 TB. The IBM System Storage N3220 system contains 21.6 TB of internal raw capacity in a 2U enclosure, with optional external expansion that can increase total system raw capacity to 501 TB. The IBM System Storage N3240 system accommodates 96 TB of internal raw capacity in its 4U enclosure, with optional external expansion that can increase total system raw capacity to 576 TB. Whether used for primary or secondary storage, N3000 Express systems are intended to provide outstanding deployment versatility and connectivity to help satisfy your data protection and recovery needs at an affordable cost, while improving storage efficiency.

Common features

Hardware summary

IBM System Storage N3000 Express series software features at-a-glance
Software Description Benefit
Clustered Data ONTAP* Clustered architecture operating system (OS) provides up to 4 storage controllers (or nodes) managed as a single logical pool‡‡ Can help eliminate planned and unplanned downtime for continuous business availability; can scale SAN and NAS from terabytes to tens of petabytes (PB) without disrupting running applications
Data compression Encodes information Transparent inline data compression can store more data in less space, reducing the amount of storage you need to purchase and maintain and reducing the time and bandwidth required to replicate data during volume SnapMirror transfers
Deduplication Performs block-level data deduplication on NearStore data volumes Volume data is automatically scanned and deduplicated, resulting in immediate space savings with minimal impact on operations
Data ONTAP System Storage N series storage OS provides full-featured and single-code data management for file-serving environments that support block-level service Single architecture and user interface simplify data management and reduce costs for network-attached storage (NAS) and SAN deployment
Disk sanitisation Physically obliterates data by overwriting disks with specified byte patterns or random data Helps prevent recovery of current data by any known recovery methods
Flash Pool§§ Enables automated storage tiering and combines flash and hard disk drive (HDD) technology. Helps to achieve optimal performance and efficiency while lowering the cost of the storage infrastructure
FlexCache Creates a flexible caching layer within your storage infrastructure that automatically adapts to changing usage patterns to eliminate bottlenecks Intended to improve application response times for large compute farms, speed data access for remote users or create a tiered storage infrastructure that circumvents tedious data management tasks
FlexClone Instantaneously creates logical unit number (LUN) and volume clones without requiring additional storage Provides accelerated test and development and storage capacity savings
FlexShare Prioritises storage resource allocation to highest-value workloads on a heavily loaded system Ensures best performance for designated high-priority applications
FlexVol Creates flexibly sized LUNs and volumes across a large pool of disks and one or more redundant array of independent disks (RAID) groups Enables fast, simple and flexible storage provisioning and high-capacity utilisation
MultiStore Securely partitions a storage system into multiple virtual storage appliances Enables secure consolidation of multiple domains and file servers
OnCommand Simplifies storage administration with an easy approach, presenting a consolidated view of key management elements that reduces system footprint and complexity Enables the consolidation and simplification of shared IT storage management by providing common management services, integration, security and role-based access controls delivering greater flexibility and efficiency
NearStore (nearline) Increases the maximum number of concurrent data streams (per storage controller) Enhances backup, data protection and disaster preparedness by increasing the number of concurrent data streams between two N series systems
Double parity RAID (RAID-DP) Offers double parity bit and RAID protection (N series RAID 6 implementation) Protects against data loss due to double disk failures and media bit errors occurring during the drive rebuild processes
SecureAdmin Authenticates both the administrative user and the N series system, creating a secure, direct communication link to the N series system Helps protect administrative logins, passwords and session commands from 'cleartext' snooping by replacing remote shell (rsh) and telnet with the strongly encrypted Secure Shell (SSH) protocol
Single Mailbox Recovery (SMBR) for Exchange Enables the recovery of a single mailbox from a Microsoft® Exchange Information Store Can extract a single mailbox or email directly in minutes compared to hours with traditional methods; helps eliminate the need for IT staff-intensive, complex and time-consuming exchange server and mailbox recovery
SnapDrive Provides host-based data management of N series storage from Microsoft Windows, UNIX and Linux servers Simplifies host-consistent Snapshot copy creation and automates error-free restores
SnapLock (requires Data ONTAP 8.1.1 or later version)§ Write-protects structured application data files within a volume to provide Write Once Read Many (WORM) disk storage Provides storage enabling compliance with government records-retention regulations
SnapManager Provides host-based data management of N series storage for databases and business applications Simplifies application-consistent Snapshot copies, automates error-free data restores and enables application-aware disaster recovery (DR)
SnapMirror Enables automatic, incremental data replication between systems: synchronous§ or asynchronous Provides flexible, space- and network-efficient site-to-site mirroring for disaster recovery and data distribution
SnapMover Enables rapid, non-disruptive reassignment of disks between controllers within a system Enables fast, non-disruptive load balancing within an active-active controller system
SnapRestore Rapidly restores single files, directories, or entire LUNs and volumes from any Snapshot backup Enables near-instantaneous recovery of files, databases and complete volumes
Snapshot Creates incremental, data-in-place, point-in-time copies of a LUN or volume with minimal performance impact Enables frequent, non-disruptive, space-efficient and quickly restorable backups
SnapValidator Maximises data integrity for Oracle Database Enhances Oracle Database resiliency in compliance with Oracle HARD initiative
SnapVault Exports Snapshot copies to another N series system, providing an incremental block-level backup solution Enables cost-effective, long-term retention of rapidly restorable disk-based backups
Storage encryption Prevents unauthorised access to data storage Provides support for self-encrypting drives (SEDs) in N series disk shelf storage and integration with license key managers including IBM Security Key Lifecycle Manager
SyncMirror§ Maintains two online copies of data with RAID-DP protection on each side of the mirror Protects against all types of hardware outages, including triple disk failure
Software packs Simplifies ordering of combinations of software features: Foundation Pack (SnapRestore, SnapVault Primary), Protection Pack (SnapMirror, SnapVault Secondary) and Advanced Pack (FlexClone, MultiStore and SnapLock) Provides flexibility to take advantage of breakthrough capabilities while maximising value with a considerable discount
Software bundles Microsoft Windows bundle: (common internet file system (CIFS), SnapRestore, SnapVault Primary and Secondary, SnapMirror, SnapDrive for UNIX and Windows, IBM Data ONTAP DSM for Windows MPIO, SnapManager [for all products, including Microsoft Hyper-V] and SMBR for Exchange)
Server virtualisation bundle: (NFS, SnapRestore, SnapVault Primary and Secondary, SnapMirror, SnapManager for Virtual Infrastructures and for Microsoft Hyper-V, SnapDrive for UNIX and Windows and Data ONTAP DSM for Windows MPIO)
Complete bundle: (NFS, CIFS, SnapRestore, SnapVault Primary and Secondary, SnapMirror, FlexClone, MultiStore, SnapLock, SnapManager for all products, including Microsoft Hyper-V, SnapDrive for UNIX and Windows [Filer], SMBR for Exchange and Data ONTAP DSM for Windows MPIO)
Provide broader and more complete solutions for more functionality at a lower price
  N3150 N3150 N3220 N3220 N3240 N3240
Machine type model 2857-A15 2857-A25 2857-A12 2857-A22 2857-A14 2857-A24
Controller configuration Single Dual* (active/active) Single Dual* (active/active) Single Dual* (active/active)
Processor speed and type Dual-core Intel® Xeon® 1.73 GHz
Random access memory 6 gigabytes (GB) 12 GB 6 GB 12 GB 6 GB 12 GB
Fibre Channel ports (speed) N/A N/A 2 (8 gigabits per second (Gbps)) 4 (8 Gbps) 2 (8 Gbps) 4 (8 Gbps)
Ethernet ports (speed) 4 (1 Gbps) onboard
2 (10 Gbps)
8 (1 Gbps) onboard
4 (10 Gbps)
4 (1 Gbps) onboard
2 (10 Gbps)
8 (1 Gbps) onboard
4 (10 Gbps)
4 (1 Gbps) onboard
2 (10 Gbps)
8 (1 Gbps) onboard
4 (10 Gbps)
Maximum raw capacity 240 TB 501 TB 576 TB
Maximum number of disk drives 60
12 internal
144
24 internal
144
24 internal
Disk drives supported in controller (type, size, speed) SAS: 600 GB, 600 GB self-encrypting drive (SED), 900 GB, 900 GB SED, 1.2 TB small form factor (SFF) (10k rpm), 4 TB nearline (7.2k rpm)
SATA: 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB, 3 TB SED (7.2k rpm)
Solid state drive (SSD): 100 GB, 200 GB, 800 GB
Hybrid configuration: 200 GB SSD with 2 TB SATA HDD, 900 GB SAS hard disk drive (HDD) or 4 TB nearline
SAS: 450 GB, 600 GB, 600 GB SED, 900 GB, 900 GB SED, 1.2 TB SFF (10k rpm)
SSD: 200 GB, 800 GB
Hybrid configuration: 200 GB SSD with 900 GB SAS HDD
SATA: 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB, 3 TB SED (7.2k rpm), 4 TB nearline (7.2k rpm)
SSD: 200 GB
Hybrid configuration: 200 GB SSD with 2 TB SATA HDD or 4 TB nearline
Disk expansion units supported EXN3000 – SAS disk storage expansion unit
SAS: 300 GB, 450 GB, 600 GB, 600 GB SED (15k rpm), 4 TB nearline (7.2k rpm)
SSD: 200 GB
SATA: 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB, 3 TB SED (7.2k rpm)
Hybrid configuration: 200 GB SSD with 2 TB SATA HDD
EXN3500 – SAS disk storage small form-factor expansion unit
SAS: 450 GB, 600 GB, 600 GB SED, 900 GB, 900 GB SED, 1.2 TB (10k rpm)
SSD: 200 GB, 800 GB
Hybrid configuration: 200 GB SSD with 900 GB SAS HDD
Warranty 3 years for hardware and licensed software, customer-replaceable unit (CRU) and on-site service, next business day 09:00 to 17:00, service upgrades available

  N3150 N3150 N3220 N3220 N3240 N3240
Machine type model 2857-A15 2857-A25 2857-A12 2857-A22 2857-A14 2857-A24
Controller configuration Single Dual (active/active) Single Dual (active/active) Single Dual (active/active)
Processor speed and type Dual-core Intel Xeon 1.73 GHz
Number of processors 1 2 1 2 1 2
Random access memory 6 GB 12 GB 6 GB 12 GB 6 GB 12 GB
Integrated I/O ports
FC ports (speed) N/A N/A 2 (8 Gbps)* 4 (8 Gbps)* 2 (8 Gbps)* 4 (8 Gbps)*
Ethernet ports (speed) 4 (1 Gbps) onboard
2 (10 Gbps)*
8 (1 Gbps) onboard
4 (10 Gbps)*
4 (1 Gbps) onboard
2 (10 Gbps)*
8 (1 Gbps) onboard
4 (10 Gbps)*
4 (1 Gbps) onboard
2 (10 Gbps)*
8 (1 Gbps) onboard
4 (10 Gbps)*
Storage scalability
Maximum number of FC loops N/A
Maximum raw capacity 240 TB 501 TB 576 TB
Maximum number of internal drives 12 24 24
Maximum number of expansion drives 48 120 120
Maximum number of disk drives 60 144 144
Maximum volume size 53.7 TB (64 bits) 53.7 TB (64 bits) 53.7 TB (64 bits)
Maximum number of storage enclosures 2 SAS 5 SAS 5 SAS
Disk drives supported in controller (type, size, speed) SAS: 600 GB, 600 GB SED, 900 GB (10k rpm), 900 GB SED, 1.2 GB SFF (10k rpm), 4 TB nearline (7.2k rpm)
SATA: 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB, 3 TB SED (7.2k rpm)
Solid state drive (SSD): 100 GB, 200 GB, 800 GB
Hybrid configuration: 200 GB SSD with 2 TB SATA HDD, 900 GB SAS HDD or 4 TB nearline
SAS: 450 GB, 600 GB, 600 GB SED, 900 GB, 900 GB SED, 1.2 GB SFF (10k rpm)
SSD: 200 GB, 800 GB
Hybrid configuration: 200 GB SSD with 900 GB SAS HDD
SATA: 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB, 3 TB SED (7.2k rpm), 4 TB nearline (7.2k rpm)
SSD: 200 GB
Hybrid configuration: 200 GB SSD with 2 TB SATA HDD or 4 TB nearline
Disk expansion units supported EXN3000 – SAS Disk Storage expansion unit
SAS: 300 GB, 450 GB, 600 GB, 600 GB SED (15k rpm), 4 TB nearline (7.2k rpm)
SSD: 200 GB
SATA: 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB, 3 TB SED (7.2k rpm)
Hybrid configuration: 200 GB SSD with 2 TB SATA HDD

EXN3500 – SAS Disk Storage small form-factor expansion unit
SAS: 450 GB, 600 GB, 600 GB SED, 900 GB, 900 GB SED, 1.2 TB (10k rpm)
SSD: 200 GB, 800 GB
Hybrid configuration: 200 GB SSD with 900 GB SAS HDD
Clustered Data ONTAP support
Cluster nodes Up to four††
Cluster data communication interconnect 10 gigabit Ethernet (GbE)
Cluster capacity Up to 864 TB
Storage protocols FC, iSCSI, NFS, parallel NFS (pNFS), CIFS or Server Message Block (SMB)
Environmental specifications
AC power/current (line voltage for standalone systems dependent on local power distribution; system cabinets are 200 – 240 V only) R6 100 – 240 V ac 16A – 6A (8A - 3A per inlet) 60/50 Hz 0.7 kVA
R6 100 –120 V ac/200 – 240 V ac 16A – 6A 60/50 Hz 0.7 kVA
R6 100 – 240 V ac 16A – 6A (8A – 3A per inlet) 60/50 Hz 0.7 kVA
R6 100 – 120 V ac/200 – 240 V ac 16A – 6A 60/50 Hz 0.7 kVA
R6 100 – 240 V ac 16A – 6A (8A – 3A per inlet) 60/50 Hz 0.7 kVA
R6 100 – 120 V ac / 200 – 240 V ac 16A – 6A 60/50 Hz 0.7 kVA
Thermal rating 1,461 British thermal unit (BTU)/hr. (note: watts x 3.4129) 1,461 BTU/hr. (note: watts x 3.4129) 2,201 BTU/hr. (note: watts x 3.4129)
Weight (maximum) 28.3 kg (62.4 lb) 22.2 kg (49.0 lb) 46 kg (102 lb) 28 kg (64 lb)
Height 8.5 cm (3.34 in.), fits into 2U space 8.5 cm (3.34 in.), fits into 2U space 17.5 cm (6.88 in.), fits into 4U space
Width 19 in. IEC rack-compliant (44.7 cm, 17.61 in.) 19 in. IEC rack-compliant (44.7 cm, 17.61 in.) 19 in. IEC rack-compliant (48.3 cm, 19.02 in.)
Depth 61.2 cm (24.1 in.) 54.3 cm (21.4 in.) 60.3 cm (23.75 in.)
Operating temperature, altitude and relative humidity 10°C – 40°C (50°F – 104°F); ≤ 3,000 m (≤10,000 ft) elevation; 20% – 80% relative humidity, non-condensing (28°C wet bulb temperature)
Non-operating temperature and relative humidity -40°C – 60°C (-40°F – 140°F); 10% – 95% relative humidity, noncondensing, in original container
Operating acoustic noise 7.2 bels at normal operating conditions (at 23°C and at sea level)
Minimum cabinet clearances 25.4 cm (10 in.) in front, 30.5 cm (12 in.) in rear
Minimum service clearances 76.2 cm (30 in.) in front, 76.2 cm (30 in.) in rear
Maximum altitude 3,050 m (10,000 ft)
Regulations
Filer safety EN 60950, CE, CSA 60950, UL 60950, CB IEC60950-1 (all national deviations), EN60825-1, GOST-R, BSMI CNS14336, CCC GB 4943-2001, SABS, S Resolution 92 – 98
Disk shelf safety UL/C-UL; CE
Emissions/immunity FCC Part 15 Class A, ICES-003, CE, MIC, VCCI, AS/NZS EN55022, EN55024, IEC61000-3-2, IEC61000-3-3, BSMI, KN22, EN61000-4-2, EN61000-4-3, EN61000-4-4, EN61000-4-5, EN61000-4-6, EN61000-4-11, KN24, CISPR 24
Warranty 3 years for hardware and licensed software, customer-replaceable unit (CRU) and on-site service, next business day 09:00 to 17:00, service upgrades available

Storage expansion unit specifications
EXN3000 – SAS Disk Storage expansion unit (MTM 2857-003) SAS: 300 GB, 450 GB, 600 GB, 600 GB SED (15k rpm), 4 TB nearline (7.2k rpm)
SSD: 200 GB
SATA: 1 TB, 2 TB, 3 TB, 3 TB SED (7.2k rpm)
Hybrid configuration: 200 GB SSD with 2 TB SATA HDD
EXN3500 – SAS Disk Storage SFF expansion unit (MTM 2857-006)* SAS: 450 GB, 600 GB, 600 GB SED, 900 GB, 900 GB SED, 1.2 TB (10k rpm)
SSD: 200 GB, 800 GB
Hybrid configuration: 200 GB SSD with 900 GB SAS HDD
Storage expansion unit specifications
Storage expansion unit interfaces Onboard or peripheral component interconnect Express (PCIe) FC Arbitrated Loop
Onboard or PCIe SAS 3 Gbps or 6 Gbps
Environmental specifications
Power supply/cooling fans EXN3000: Dual (SATA) or quad (SAS) redundant, hot-pluggable, integrated power supply/fan assemblies (220/110 V)
EXN3500: Dual, redundant, hot-pluggable, integrated power supply/fan assemblies (220/110 V)
AC power/maximum current 100 – 120 V ac/4.4A; 200 – 240 V ac/2.3A; 100 – 120 V ac/7A; 200 – 240 V ac/3.5A; 50/60 Hz
Operating temperature maximum range 10°C – 40°C (50°F – 104°F)
Recommended operating temperature range 20°C – 25°C (68°F – 77°F)
Operating relative humidity range 10% – 95% relative humidity, non-condensing 10% – 95%
Recommended operating relative humidity range 40% – 55% non-condensing
Non-operating temperature range -40°C – 65°C (-40°F – 149°F)
Non-operating relative humidity range 10% – 95% relative humidity, non-condensing
Thermal rating 1,437 – 3,414 BTU/hr.
Operating acoustic noise 56.4 dBA at 1 m at 23°C, 5.64 bels at 23°C
Dimensions (height/width/depth) EXN3000 EXN3500
Weight EXN3000 EXN3500
Regulations
Disk shelf safety UL/C-UL; CE
Emissions FCC Class A, EN 55022:1998, EN 61000-3-2, EN 61000-3-3, CE, BSMI, AS/NZ 3548, VCCI
Immunity EN 55024:1998

IBM System Storage N3000 Express series technical specifications
Technical highlights
SAN protocol support Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP) or Internet small computer system interface (iSCSI)
Network protocol support Network file system (NFS) V2/V3/V4 over user datagram protocol (UDP) or transmission control protocol (TCP), PC/NFS daemon (PCNFSD) V1/V2 for (PC) NFS client authentication, Microsoft® Common Internet File System (CIFS), HTTP 1.0, HTTP 1.1 virtual hosts, file transfer protocol (FTP)
FlexVol Up to 500 per controller
Snapshots Up to 127,000 per controller
Reliability Redundant hot-swappable controllers, cooling fans and power supplies
Management Full-duplex 10/100 Base-T Ethernet onboard console, diagnostic light emitting diode (LED), Maintenance Centre, simple network management protocol (SNMP), telnet, Secure SHell (SSH), HTTP, web, email alerts
Security Virus protection, SecureAdmin, IPsec, CHAP authentication, role-based access control (RBAC)

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