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IBM Introduces Entry-Level System Storage DS3300

IBM announced the System Storage DS3300, a new entry-level disk array featuring integrated management software designed to give small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) a simple and affordable solution to handle all their storage needs. The DS3300 brings iSCSI to the IBM System Storage D3000 series of products, providing the industry’s broadest choice of interfaces.

The DS3300 storage system is the newest addition to the IBM System Storage DS3000 product series and is designed to meet the consolidation needs for a wide range of users. With iSCSI interfaces, next-generation Serial-attached SCSI (SAS) back-end technology, and DS3000 management software, the DS3300 storage system provides businesses with robust, reliable, cost-effective shared storage. For even the smallest of businesses, transitioning direct attached storage (DAS) configurations to an IP (Internet Protocol) SAN is now virtually effortless. With Installation wizards to guide administrators through setup and configuration, even businesses that lack experienced IT staff can easily install a DS3300 solution.

The DS3300 is designed to provide as an easy-to-use IP SAN (iSCSI storage area network) solution for SMB customers looking for an alternative to a Fibre Channel SAN as they transition from a DAS environment. The DS3300 may be shared between applications, servers, computer rooms and remote locations for increased efficiencies across a company’s IT environment.

The IBM System Storage DS3000 series of products now offers a full range of host interface options – SAS, Fibre Channel and, now with the introduction of the DS3300, iSCSI rounds out the portfolio.

The DS3300 supports SAS hard disk drives and expansion via the IBM System Storage EXP3000 Expansion Unit for up to 14.4 terabytes of raw capacity that allow for the storage systems to scale up to 48 hard disk drives. Additionally, customers can elect to include enhanced data protection features such as FlashCopy for point-in-time, full volume copies of data, and VolumeCopy for full logical drive replication.

The IBM System Storage DS3300 will be generally available September 7, 2007 and will start at a list price of $5,000.

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