IBM unveils iSCSI array for SMBs

By Kevin Komiega

—IBM added to its portfolio of low-end storage arrays with the recent debut of the System Storage DS3300, an IP SAN system for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in search of an alternative to DAS.

The DS3300 is the newest addition to the DS3000 series of entry-level storage arrays and brings iSCSI connectivity to the product family. The DS3300 also features Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) disk drives and Simplicity management software with installation wizards to guide administrators through setup and configuration.

The DS3300 supports SAS drives and the EXP3000 Expansion Unit for up to 14.4TB of raw capacity.

According to IBM, the DS3300 is designed to provide an easy-to-use IP SAN solution for SMBs looking for an alternative to Fibre Channel SANs.

Users can also include optional data-protection features with the DS3300, including FlashCopy for point-in-time, full-volume copies of data, and VolumeCopy for full logical drive replication.

The DS3300 will be available September 7, starting at a list price of $5,000.

In addition, IBM announced two new Express models based on the DS3400 Fibre Channel array. The DS3400 systems comprises SAN16B-2 switches from Brocade and 4Gbps Fibre Channel-to-PCI-E host bus adapters (HBAs) from Emulex.

The DS3400 Express models have been certified in the Microsoft Simple SAN Solution program, which was developed to provide users with a simplified SAN installation and management process.

IBM is also working with Emulex to deliver a management software tool called EZPilot to streamline the configuration process of the DS3400 Express Kit. EZPilot ties together management functions for the DS3400 array, the Brocade switch, and Emulex HBAs.

This article was originally published on August 28, 2007