New Storage Solutions from IBM

Last week IBM introduced their System Storage DS3000 which is a direct-attached storage system giving smaller business increased storage within their budgets. Larger businesses with satellite offices would also be prime targets for IBM’s new system.
IBM’s press release reads that a key feature of the new DS3000 is the intuitive Storage Manager software, which comes standard on all configurations, and allows customers to set up and manage their data resources in six easy steps. The simple configuration, administration and management of the DS3000 is an important feature for the target customers, which are SMBs, or remote offices that are part of a larger distributed enterprise, and may not have access to the IT expertise required to set up a storage network.
There’s a lot of things in the world of technology that there are a lot of and one of them is storage solutions. IBM, HP, EMC, StoreVault and other vendors all have storage solutions for smaller businesses. It’s really up to and your IT consultant to consider which option is best for you.
The DS3400 system, which can be direct attached or used in a SAN configuration, is designed to accommodate 4 Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity. The DS3400 offers flexibility for both IBM System x and BladeCenter servers, in addition to select third-party servers.
I asked IBM about the difference between a direct attached system and a network attached system:
Direct-attached storage (DAS) is computer storage that is directly attached to one computer or server and is not, without special support, directly accessible to other ones.
The main alternatives to direct-attached storage are network-attached storage (NAS) and the storage area network (SAN).
Network-attached storage (NAS) is hard disk storage that is set up with its own network address rather than being attached to the department computer that is serving applications to a network’s workstation users. By removing storage access and its management from the department server, both application programming and files can be served faster because they are not competing for the same processor resources. The network-attached storage device is attached to a local area network (typically, an Ethernet network) and assigned an IP address. File requests are mapped by the main server to the NAS file server.
Techtarget has an article comparing the two types of storage connection options here. Base Line magazine has a great overview here.
The IBM System Storage DS3000 Series is available January 30, 2007. The IBM System Storage DS3200 will start at a list price of $4,495 and the DS3400 will start at a list price of $6,495.
Read more about IBM’s storage solutions here.