IBM Announces Enterprise Storage Server Enhancements

Increased Scalability, Expanded Disaster Protection and Reduced Cost of Ownership for Customers

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SOMERS, N.Y. - 16 Nov 2001: IBM today announced enhancements to the IBM TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server (code named "Shark"), that will increase system scalability, extend disaster protection and recovery capabilities, and help lower the total cost of ownership for customers.

With this announcement, IBM is doubling the maximum system capacity of the Enterprise Storage Server to more than 22 terabytes via support for 72.8 Gigabyte (GB) hard drives. IBM also is providing enhanced long-distance data protection and enabling more flexible disk drive management for open systems customers, making it easier to optimize storage environments for a wide range of business and application requirements.

"We're helping customers respond to the demands of today's competitive and challenging business environment by addressing their need for improved disaster tolerance and reduced total cost of ownership," said Barry Rudolph, vice president of disk storage systems and software for IBM. "The Enterprise Storage Server enhancements introduced today will help companies minimize administrative time and tasks, while maximizing utilization of their IT resources."

In addition to increasing Enterprise Storage Server scalability, the 72.8GB drives are compatible with IBM's recently announced drive intermix capability, which enables customers to flexibly configure and expand their Enterprise Storage Server using hard drives of varying sizes (9GB, 18GB, 36GB and 72.8GB). This increased granularity will improve customers' ability to install capacity tailored to their growing needs, yet specific to application requirements.

IBM today also revealed that the larger hard drives will be available for the IBM TotalStorage 7133 Serial Disk System, which provides high-bandwidth data storage for UNIX, Windows NT, and Novell NetWare servers.

The larger drives for the Enterprise Storage Server and 7133 Serial Disk System will begin shipping on December 14.

IBM is also announcing additional disk drive management capabilities, data protection and long-distance disaster recovery and protection for the Enterprise Storage Server when used by IBM eServer xSeries and Windows 2000 or NT server customers through the availability of SANsymphony storage management software via a reseller agreement with DataCore™ Software Corporation.

DataCore's SANsymphony will be available for purchase from IBM on November 23.

IBM is a leader in storage systems, software, services and technology. The recipient of the Year 2000 National Medal of Technology for its contributions to hard disk drive and storage technology, IBM led all companies once again with over 400 storage related patents in 2000. IBM's open storage solutions are designed for the rigors of e-business collaboration utilizing next generation concepts for open storage by integrating modular technologies including disk, tape and optical storage media, powerful processors, and rich software. For more information on the products and enhancements announced today, visit

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