On Tuesday, International Business Machines Corp (NYSE:IBM) declared the Storwize V3700 storage array that starts at US $11,000. It is among the lowest priced storage products that the company is offering right now.
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The V3700 array entails a stack of technologies that include thin provisioning and virtualization features that together effectively manage storage on a mix of solid-state drives and disk drives. A simple user interface is designed in order to simplify the array. The hardware offers tools and drivers to support OpenStack, which is an operating system that connects with the server, networking features and storage to enhance data center performance.
The array is for cloud apps or the ones that store huge amounts of data. It will be successful in handling both structured and unstructured data, as per the vice president of IBM’s marketing and strategy, Ed Walsh. The array incorporates a couple of features and management facilities from the top-notch Storwize V7000 arrays.
The array is intended for both small and medium-sized business as Walsh mentioned. A simple configuration of the array will begin at US$11,000 and it can be ordered at the moment. The product is slated to release at the end of this month.
The array comes in a 2U rackmount inclusion and can amount to 180TB in storage capacity. The disk system is equipped with dual controllers, each of them supporting up to 8 GB of cache. The standard host controller is 1Gbps iSCSI, with the option of 8GB Fibre Channel or 10 Gbps iSCSI/ Fibre Channel over FCoE host controllers.
The array is optimized for flash storage and has involuntary thin provisioning and volume management features. The amount of usable capacity could increase by 2-5 times owing to real-time compression capabilities. IBM is focusing on helping customers effectively manage storage resources to cope with the growing invasion of data.