IBM, LSI Aim Low

IBM on Tuesday unveiled two new storage systems for small and mid-sized businesses based on hardware and software from LSI.

The new System Storage DS3000 series are entry-level disk arrays that include integrated management software that Big Blue says lets customers set up and manage their data resources in just six steps. The simple configuration, administration and management of the DS3000 will make it easier for SMBs or remote offices of larger corporations to set up a storage network, the company says.

The DS3000 series includes the IBM System Storage DS3200 and the IBM System Storage DS3400, based on the LSI 1333 and 1932, respectively. The OEM relationship has been a profitable one for both companies — IBM accounted for 17% of LSI’s $493 million third-quarter sales, according to LSI’s quarterly report filed with the SEC.

IBM said both products offer single and dual controller models. The DS3200 system is a direct-attached storage (DAS) solution that offers support for clustering and provides 3 Gbps SAS connection to the host. It supports IBM System x servers and some third party servers.

The DS3400 system can be direct attached or used in a SAN configuration, and is designed to accommodate 4 Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity. The system supports IBM System x and BladeCenter servers and select third-party servers.

Both systems support 12 SAS hard disk drives for 3.6 terabytes, and can add up to three EXP3000 enclosures to scale up to 48 hard disk drives and more than 14.4 terabytes of raw capacity. The new systems are also compatible with the DS4000 Storage Manager to allow for storage growth.

IBM said the combination of its System x and BladeCenter systems with the new storage options can address work group and departmental needs such as managing databases, e-mail and Web serving.

The IBM System Storage DS3000 Series will be available starting Jan. 30. The IBM System Storage DS3200 starts at a list price of $4,495 and the DS3400 at $6,495. Big Blue also plans an iSCSI offering.

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