IBM Unveils Midrange Storage Servers for Telcos

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2006-11-08 Print this article Print

The company continues its push into the midtier market by offering portable, heavy-duty servers with built-in support for DC power.

IBM continued its full-court press on the midtier market Nov. 8 with the introduction of two new midrange storage servers designed for companies that use so-called "hardened" infrastructures, due to the industries they serve or the data center environments where the equipment is located. A hardened, or heavy-duty, IT infrastructure is one that utilizes high-end hardware and software components, a highly secure network, specially protective enclosures, and redundant database, backup, storage and archiving for high-volume data creation and transfer. The new IBM System Storage DS4700 Express servers, Models 70-DC and 72-DC, are designed to address requirements for companies in the telecommunications industry, as well as other segments, such as oil and gas exploration.
The new models, as well as the enhanced IBM System Storage DS4000 EXP810, a high-bandwidth storage system and expansion unit for midmarket clients, are now NEBS (Network Equipment-Building System) Level 3-compliant and optimally suited for environments with strict requirements, said a spokesperson for IBM, based in Armonk, N.Y.
IBM births a new server type. Click here to read more. The DS4700 Express 70-DC and 72-DC and the EXP810 expansion unit feature built-in support for DC power and are compliant not only with the NEBS L3 standard for U.S. clients, but also with the NEBS L3 standard for the European Telecommunications Standards Institute, the spokesperson said. The DS4700 and EXP810 aim to deliver the benefits of automated networked storage to all customers, particularly to customers in the telecommunications industry, because the systems can be powered from a 48-volt DC industry-standard power source. A bezel attachment option is also available for new models and expansion unit. This option contains an air filter that helps prevent harmful airborne particles from entering the DS4700 or EXP810 enclosure when these units are installed in rugged environments, such as earthquake-prone areas or buildings with significant amounts of dust and debris, often found in the oil and gas industries. The DS4700 Express series is designed to provide users with high performance and connectivity with connectivity to 4G-bps attached host systems, in addition to 16 disk drive bays inside the controller and up to eight host ports. Clients can attach EXP810 expansion units, each containing another 16 drive bays, to the back-end to scale up to 56 terabytes of physical capacity and 112 drives. The two DS4700 Express models will feature different amounts of cache and numbers of host ports. Pricing and availability IBM System Storage DS4700 Express Models 70-DC and 72-DC start at list prices of $26,100 and $52,000, respectively. The IBM System Storage DS4000 EXP810 will start at a list price of $12,100. Pricing includes Microsoft Windows host kit and storage partitions. All systems will be generally available on Dec. 8. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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