IBM First Vendor to Ship Enterprise Storage Systems With POWER5 Technology

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ARMONK, NY - 28 Feb 2005: IBM today announced that powerful models of the breakthrough IBM TotalStorage DS8000 series, which enables customers to simplify their storage infrastructure and support business continuity, are shipping in volume. The systems use open standards and new virtualization technologies to help clients easily link storage devices and software from different companies.

"Clients in a variety of industries worldwide are looking to the TotalStorage DS8000 for their business-critical, data center storage," said Andy Monshaw, General Manager, IBM Storage. "IBM is the only vendor to incorporate the game-changing POWER5 technology in our storage systems which allows us to help clients simplify their environments."

The IBM TotalStorage DS8000 Series, part of a single family of disk storage offerings from IBM, delivers the next generation of high-performance, high-capacity external disk storage solutions designed for medium to large businesses. As a means to help clients reduce costs and optimize their storage footprint, select models of the new DS8000 Series include IBM's breakthrough logical partitioning technology, which enables clients to run multiple storage workloads, allocate resources and create 'virtual' storage images using IBM's Virtualization Engine technology.

By leveraging the innovation of IBM's POWER5(TM) processor, IBM's next generation storage system has the architecture that can support addressing up to 96 Petabytes of data. Systems within the DS8000 series can take up less floor space than IBM's TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server Model 800 (ESS 800) with comparable capacity and offer as much as six times the throughput of a similarly configured ESS 800 running certain workloads.

The DS8000 series complements what is already the industry's most comprehensive set of information on-demand capabilities, including IBM's popular DS4000 line and new DS6000 series. IBM TotalStorage solutions are designed to help clients simplify their underlying IT infrastructure and its management to lower costs and complexity, protect data and efficiently manage information throughout its lifecycle.

The new IBM TotalStorage DS8000 systems are available worldwide, starting at $260,500.

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