Feeds

IBM unbuttons its DCS3700 NetApp-based box

Big Blue hard equipment can pump mighty streams

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

IBM has put its big data array on the table, the DCS3700, OEMed from NetApp and based on the Engenio E5400 box.

The DCS3700 is intended for scalable, data streaming applications in the high performance computing (HPC) – classic big data stuff for advanced engineering and design, oil and gas research, financial market applications, media streaming, and life sciences.

There is a 4U, dual active controller base unit containing 60 3.5-inch nearline 2TB SAS drives. There are four 6Gbit/s SAS host interfaces, two per controller, and optionally eight 8Gbit/s Fibre Channel ports.

The controller can have up to two, SAS-linked, expansion units, both 4U, 60-drive enclosures, taking total capacity to 360TB. IBM supplies the DS Storage Manager software along with Flash Copy for quick, logical, point-in-time copies of physical volumes, Volume Copy for physical copies of volumes, and Remote Mirroring.

The DCS3700 supports RAID levels 0, 1, 3, 5, 6 and 10. The controllers have mirrored cache and there are redundant, hot-swappable components in the arrays, plus energy efficiency features like variable speed fans.

A couple of weeks ago, NetApp launched its E5400 – and this is the same product as IBM's. NetApp didn't mention expansion units at the time, but it did say the product provides up to 8GB/sec of throughput, has "five nines" availability and is managed by its SANtricity software.

IBM's announcement letter says: "It is IBM's current plan and intent to offer additional drive options for the DCS3700 in second half 2011, including high-performance disk drives." That could mean 10K drives.

The DCS3700 product is available from 27 May. IBM hasn't published pricing information yet. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Docker's app containers are coming to Windows Server, says Microsoft
MS chases app deployment speeds already enjoyed by Linux devs
IBM storage revenues sink: 'We are disappointed,' says CEO
Time to put the storage biz up for sale?
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
Symantec backs out of Backup Exec: Plans to can appliance in Jan
Will still provide support to existing customers
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Cloud and hybrid-cloud data protection for VMware
Learn how quick and easy it is to configure backups and perform restores for VMware environments.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.