IBM System Storage EXP5060 Expansion Unit


As the amount of data your organisation generates and stores continues to grow exponentially, it becomes an increasing challenge to fit needed storage drives into limited floor space – not to mention power and cool all the systems. The IBM System Storage EXP5060 expansion unit offers tremendous storage density and significant operational savings for data-intensive applications and other environments that store vast amounts of data.

The 60 drive EXP5060 expansion unit provides up to three times greater storage density than traditional drive enclosures, which means a 1.44 petabyte (PB) DS5000 series system can now reside in a standard 19 in. rack. The highly efficient power supplies and cooling fans enable the EXP5060 to reduce power consumption and increased density reduces floor space requirement by up to 50 percent when compared to previous generation enclosures.

Common features

Hardware summary

Feature Benefits
60 SATA drives in just 4U of rack space
Ability to reside in a standard 19 in. rack
Intelligent design and high efficiency power supplies
Online serviceability of individual drives
Individual extension of 12 drive drawers
Ability to intermix EXP5060 and EXP5000 expansion units
DS5000 scalability up to 480 drives, or 1.44 PB of raw capacity, in a single rack

Models 1818G1A
Supported drives SATA: 1 terabyte (TB), 2 TBs, 3 TBs
Maximum drives supported 60 SATA drives
Fans and power supplies Dual redundant
Rack support Yes

One year limited warranty:

customer replaceable unit (CRU) service, next business day delivery
CRU and on-site service, around-the-clock, six hour average
Size 4U
Supported systems DS5300/DS5100
Capacity Up to 180 TBs per 4U 60 drive enclosure
High availability (HA) Supports individual drive replacement while others remain active
Operational efficiency Reduces rack space by up to 50 percent
Serviceability Individual extension of 12 drive drawers eliminates excessive weight on the front of the rack
Supported disk systems DS5300 and DS5100

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