Jan 182013
 

IBM recently introduced their Storwize v3700 designed for the SMB market. They provide an online pricing/configuring tool here.

According to IBM, the v3700 highlights include:

Easily managed and deployed system with embedded graphical user interface based on the IBM® Storwize® interface design

Experience rapid, flexible provisioning and simple configuration changes with internal virtualization and thin provisioning

Have continuous access to data with integrated nondisruptive migration

Protect data with sophisticated remote mirroring and integrated IBM FlashCopy® technology

Benefit from advanced functionality and reliability usually only found in more expensive systems

Features dual controllers with up to 180 TB of capacity and 8 GB of cache packaged in a compact, 2U 19-inch rack-mount enclosure

Scales up to 120 2.5-inch disk drives or 60 3.5-inch disk drives with four expansion units

Provides host attachment through 1 Gb iSCSI ports (standard), with support for 10 Gbps, Fibre Channel over Ethernet and 8 Gb Fibre Channel available as options

Helps reduce power consumption with energy-saving features

Organizations of all sizes are faced with the challenge of managing massive volumes of increasingly valuable data. But storing this data can be costly, and extracting value from the data is becoming more and more difficult. IT organizations have limited resources but need to stay responsive to dynamic environments and act quickly to consolidate, simplify and optimize their IT infrastructures. The new IBM Storwize V3700 system provides a smarter solution that is affordable, easy to use and self-optimizing, enabling organizations to overcome these storage challenges.

Storwize V3700, the most recent addition to the IBM Storwize family of disk systems, delivers efficient, entry-level configurations specifically designed to meet the needs of small and midsize businesses. Designed to provide organizations with the ability to consolidate and share data at an affordable price, Storwize V3700 offers advanced software capabilities usually found in more expensive systems.

Web-based GUI with point-and-click management capabilities
Internal disk storage virtualization enables rapid, flexible provisioning and simple configuration changes
Thin provisioning enables applications to grow dynamically but only consume space they are actually using
Simple data migration from external storage to Storwize V3700 storage (one-way from another storage device)
FlashCopy creates instant application copies for backup or application testing

2U modular disk system
1 Gb iSCSI host interface with optional 8 Gb Fibre Channel or 10 Gb iSCSI/Fibre Channel over Ethernet host ports
Up to 180 TB of capacity
Maximum disk drives:
Small form-factor enclosure: 24 x 2.5-inch drives
Large form-factor enclosure: 12 x 3.5-inch drives
Supports up to four expansion units (up to 120 drives per system)
Dual-port, hot-swappable 6 Gb SAS disk drives
Support for RAID levels 0, 1, 5, 6 and 10
4 GB cache (per controller) standard, upgradable to 8 GB
Redundant, hot-swappable power supplies and fans
AC power (110 – 240 V)

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