Shark doubles capacity, gets self-healing technology

IBM will overhaul its Enterprise Storage Server this week. "Shark" will double in capacity and throughput. The high-end storage server has also been upgraded to include new self-healing technology.

IBM has a bigger, faster Shark on the loose.

Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM is set to announce that it is doubling the capacity of the TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server, code-named Shark, to 55.6T bytes using 145.6G byte disk drives. It will also add FlashCopy and Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy functionality, new autonomic features intended to ease data management.

The autonomic technology is designed to provide self-managing, self-optimizing and self-healing software and hardware.

Anne MacFarland, director of enterprise systems research for the Clipper Group Inc., Wellesley, Mass., said that autonomic technology goes beyond self-healing to encompass self-optimizing, self-configuring and self-securing capabilities.

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She said IBM is concentrating on building autonomic features into its devices, large and small, to achieve a more distributed implementation of management.

The ESS CLI, one of the new Shark enhancements, allows storage administrators to offload management and copy functions onto the arrays processors, and, more important, to automate them.

"This is something EMC and HDS are not doing, at least not yet," MacFarland said. "This directly reduces the amount of repetitive configuration that an administrator must do and eases life considerably."

IBM debuted its two new models of Shark, the 800 and 800T, in July 2002.

IBM said the new Shark capabilities are designed to automate tasks for asset management by obtaining information about volumes, I/O ports, volume space and disk groups. Other automated tasks include LUN masking, querying available space and creating new volumes, assigning user labels to volumes, managing host connections, obtaining audit logs, and managing parallel access volumes and copy services.

IBM also enhanced its FlashCopy and Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy functions to improve the flexibility and control of copy functions. These enhancements will improve application availability and disaster recovery.

Let us know what you think about the story; e-mail Kevin Komiega, News Writer

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