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IBM Storage Makes Announcements for N series, Tivoli Storage Manager and Others.

As with movies, IBM Storage announces the new releases on Tuesday and today is now different.  There is a ton of good information in the release today and I have summarized most of it below.  Like a Thanksgiving dinner, we have a little of this and little of that for our IBM Storage family.  I am super excited to see IBM continue to partner with Netapp on both hardware and software.  I know most of the Netapp team that focus solely with IBM and they work really hard to provide the IBM machine with information.  I have heard the new entry level N series systems are rocking with performance and are cluster mode ready.  I also am trying to include more from our TSM software.  In the future, its going to be the software that will help drive better utilization of storage and lower CAPEX/OPEX.

So grab a bag of popcorn, a box of Junior Mints and a ice cold Coke and enjoy the show.  The only difference is we don’t charge you $15 a ticket for the show.

IBM N series

IBM keeps investing in the Netapp technology and releases the anticipated N3220 and N2340.  The N3220 is an entry-level system that uses SAS internal disk on a 2U frame.  Clients can choose from 12 to 24 SFF SAS disk drives and extend to a max of 144 spindles.  The maximum raw storage for the system is 374 TB of storage, not shabby for a 2u box.

The big brother to the 3220 is the 3240.  This system comes in at 4U and allows for the use of LFF SATA drives.  Just like the the smaller version, the external disk expansion can grow up to a max of 144 spindles and top out at 432 TB of storage.  Both systems have a one controller (A12/14) or a dual controller (A22/24) setup to accommodate even the choosiest clients.  The single controller can be upgraded to a dual controller but this does require a disruption in service.

A couple of improvements over the N3400 is the amount of ports and IO slot.  These new systems have 8 1GBE on board ports, 4 SAS ports and 2 IO slots that can be used for adding 10GB Ethernet or more disk expansion. Another upgrade was to how much memory these systems come with compared to the older N3400.  The new systems now have 12 GB of memory in the dual controller configuration vs the 8 in the N3400.  This can only lead to better performance from both a throughput and a cache standpoint.

The systems carry the full protocol portfolio (FC, NFS, SMB, iSCSI) and Data OnTap operating system that Netapp has been using for the last 10 years or so.  These systems can be used in small remote offices or test environments were protocol flexibility is needed.  General availability for both systems will be March 9th.

Keeping with N series, IBM announced today the support for Full Disk Encryption on the EXN3500.  This feature (FC#4201) will allow for data encryption at rest on self encrypting drives. A few key points:

Implements full disk encryption at the hardware level
Prevents access to data until the drive is unlocked by an authorized administrator
Supports storage efficiency: deduplication and storage compression
Supports IDP: Backup/recovery, SnapMirror®, SnapProtect™, and SnapVault®
File system and network independent

General availability will be March 9th.

IBM TSM FastBack

IBM Storage also announced today that Tivoli Storage Manager updated the FastBack for Workstations version 6.3.  FastBack will backup files for laptop and desktops users with real-time protection.  This means you can backup your most important files the moment they are saved or you can backup the files in a traditional schedule.  The other cool thing about FastBack is you don’t have to be online to backup the data.  The system can create multiple versions of your file on the local system for a quick recovery, then send an additional copy to a remote storage device for DR.

Here is what is new in FastBack version 6.3

A wizard to help simplify recoveries when a complete system rebuild is required
Automatic expiration of deleted files from remote storage
Significant increase to the include and exclude list capacity
Simplified email backup configuration
Support for using generic IPv6 addresses for remote backup configuration
Integration with IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager V6.3 as a remote system

General availability is planned fr March 16th for those who want to download the software and if you require a CD/DVD/USB stick you will have to wait until April 20th.

The Others

As in any release there are things that make a big splash and then some that are pretty cool, then comes the others.  ‘Hanger-ons” I think is what they are called.  First up is a system that is built to backup IBM Server systems.  The 7226 is a multi-media system that attaches to Power6,Power7, SystemX and Bladecenters via four SAS ports.  It includes a half-high LTO5 tape drives that can backup data at 280 MB/s.  The system also comes equipped with a DVD-RAM  that uses a SAS Slim Optical drive with both a USB and SAS  interface option.

IBM Storage also announced the support for 8 Gbps FC Extended Reach SFP+ of 40KM on the Cisco MDS 9148.  This SFP is designed to provide auto sensing FC connectivity for the 2, 4, and 8 Gbps ports.  The maximum distance with this is now extended to 31 km. Available on March 2nd.

To find more information on this release and all of the releases, click here.

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