IBM Simplifies Storage Area Networks for e-Business

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NEW YORK - 27 Jun 2000: -- IBM is continuing to deliver on its Storage Area Network (SAN) initiative with new packages designed to help e-businesses of all sizes more easily consolidate, secure, preserve and share critical business data.

Today's announcement -- exactly one year after IBM launched its SAN initiative at PC Expo -- shows how quickly and effectively IBM has focused its SAN efforts on what industry analysts project to be an enormous market opportunity.

With SAN-ready storage ranging from the entry-level to high-end, IBM is delivering the tape and disk storage, hardware, software and services that customers need to create complete SAN solutions.

"Companies of all sizes can now enjoy the benefits of SANs to better manage the data that is so critical to their business," said Linda Sanford, general manager, IBM Storage Subsystems Division. "These customers, large and small, are rapidly moving to storage networking environments and with IBM SmartPaks they can implement SAN solutions in a simple manner."

"The Promise of SANs," an IDG research study, revealed that there is tremendous interest in SANs among companies using NT-based platforms. SANs were cited as the preferred method for accessing data across NT servers, with 91 percent indicating that NT servers would be connected to a SAN in their companies. (See separate release on SAN survey.)

Today's Announcement Highlights

- IBM SmartPaks are packaged SAN solutions integrating storage hardware, software, switches and services. SmartPaks are constructed around the four basic goals of networked storage: data consolidation, data protection, disaster prevention and sharing. Tivoli storage management software is included in all SmartPaks to manage the entire SAN. Working with certified IBM business partners and SAN consultants from IBM Global Services, customers can select a SAN solution based on server platform, size of the enterprise and goals of the storage network.

- IBM Netfinity FAST200, code-named "Piranha" is the new, low-cost Fibre Channel storage server enabling more Netfinity and other Intel-based server customers to connect to SANs. Starting at less than $8,000, it is the most affordable Fibre Channel storage server for the entry-level Windows market. Piranha supports Windows, Linux and Novell as well as other Intel-based platforms. Piranha scales up to one terabyte and with its native Fibre Channel, delivers an industry-leading speed of one gigabit per second.

- Magstar 3590 Model E offers native Fibre Channel connectivity for SANs. Magstar is the industry's top-selling, high-performance tape storage solution. Fibre Channel allows Magstar customers to reduce the time needed for backups, with data transfers of up to 100 megabytes per second over distances of up to 11 kilometers. IBM is helping to protect the investment of the 62,000 existing Magstar customers by providing upgrades to the new Fibre Channel technology, which allows attachment to RS/6000 and other Unix and Windows NT/2000 servers.

- Shark Enterprise Storage Server, the highest-performance disk storage system in the industry, is optimized with Fibre Channel connectivity to S/390, NT, RS/6000 and NUMA-Q.

- IBM Global Services continues to expand its SAN services offerings with enhanced Performance Management and Capacity Planning Services to help customers optimize their SANs. Consultants provide modeling analysis to predict the application performance and capacity impact of applying SAN technology to customers' current IT environments. They also analyze customers' SAN solutions, including heterogeneous servers, SAN fabric, I/O systems and network, and provide performance recommendations to improve e-business application responsiveness and throughput.

For more information on IBM's SAN offerings and strategy visit

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