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Product snapshots: Disk array consolidation products

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  Storage consolidation is about doing more with less -- saving more data on fewer storage platforms. In many cases, enterprise data centers will implement consolidation strategies using large monolithic arrays that can replace several aging systems, though clustered storage approaches are sometimes deployed. In addition to huge storage capacities, today's enterprise-class arrays provide high internal performance, ample connectivity, redundancy and high availability, and power conservation features.

The following cross-section of disk arrays was selected based on input from industry analysts and SearchStorage.com editors. The specifications, which were provided by the vendors, are current as of January 2008. They are periodically upgraded. Vendors are welcome to submit their updates and new product specifications to Matt Perkins.

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  • 3PARdata Inc.; InServ E200 Storage Server
  • 3PARdata Inc.; InServ S400 Storage Server
  • 3PARdata Inc.; InServ S800 Storage Server
  • EMC Corp; Symmetrix DMX-4
  • Hewlett-Packard; StorageWorks XP20000 Disk Array
  • Hewlett-Packard; StorageWorks XP24000 Disk Array
  • Hitachi Data Systems; TagmaStore AMS1000
  • Hitachi Data Systems; TagmaStore USP1100
  • IBM; System Storage DS8000 Series
  • Sun Microsystems; StorageTek 9985 System
  • Sun Microsystems; StorageTek 9990 System 

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    3PARdata Inc.
    3PAR InServ E200 Storage Server (1)

    Usable capacity: 2.0 to 85.3 TB depending on configuration (2)
    Raw capacity 2.3 to 96 TB depending on configuration (2)
    # of drives: 16 to 128 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: FC and NL (nearline)
    Drive capacity: 147 GB FC, 300 GB FC, 750 GB NL
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: http://www.3pardata.com/products/performance.html
    Connectivity: 0, 4, 8 or 12 FC ports, 0 or 4 iSCSI ports
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: Starts at $70,000
    Software: InForm Operating System, Rapid Provisioning, Access Guard, Full Copy, Virtual Copy, Remote Copy, Dynamic Optimization, Thin Provisioning, System Tuner, System Reporter, Multipath I/O for Microsoft Windows, Multipath I/O for IBM AIX, Recovery Manager for Oracle, Recovery Manager for Microsoft Exchange
    Detailed specs: http://www.3par.com/products/inservmodels.html

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    3PARdata Inc.
    3PAR InServ S400 Storage Server (1)

    Usable capacity: 2.0 to 266.7 TB depending on configuration
    Raw capacity 2.3 to 300 TB
    # of drives: 16 to 640 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: FC and NL (nearline)
    Drive capacity: 147 GB FC, 300 GB FC, 750 GB NL
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: http://www.3pardata.com/products/performance.html
    Connectivity: 0-64 2Gb FC ports and 0-8 iSCSI ports
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: Starts at $120,000
    Software: InForm Operating System, Rapid Provisioning, Access Guard, Full Copy, Virtual Copy, Remote Copy, Dynamic Optimization, Thin Provisioning, System Tuner, System Reporter, Multipath I/O for Microsoft Windows, Multipath I/O for IBM AIX, Recovery Manager for Oracle, Recovery Manager for Microsoft Exchange
    Detailed specs: http://www.3par.com/products/inservmodels.html

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    3PARdata Inc.
    3PAR InServ S800 Storage Server (1)

    Usable capacity: 2.0 to 533.3 TB depending on configuration
    Raw capacity 2.3 to 600 TB
    # of drives: 16 to 1,280 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: FC and NL (nearline)
    Drive capacity: 147 GB FC, 300 GB FC, 750 GB NL
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: http://www.3pardata.com/products/performance.html
    Connectivity: 0-128 2Gb FC ports and 0-16 iSCSI ports
    Release date: Currently available
    Base price range: Starts at $150,000
    Software: InForm Operating System, Rapid Provisioning, Access Guard, Full Copy, Virtual Copy, Remote Copy, Dynamic Optimization, Thin Provisioning, System Tuner, System Reporter, Multipath I/O for Microsoft Windows, Multipath I/O for IBM AIX, Recovery Manager for Oracle, Recovery Manager for Microsoft Exchange
    Detailed specs: http://www.3par.com/products/inservmodels.html

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    EMC Corp.
    EMC Symmetrix DMX-4 (1)

    Usable capacity: 6 TB to 526 TB (RAID5) depending on configuration
    Raw capacity 7 TB to 1,103 TB
    # of drives: 96 to 2,400 (2)
    Drive types: Dual-ported Fibre Channel, SATA II
    Drive capacity:Fibre Channel: 73 GB, 146 GB, 300 GB, 500 GB; SATA II: 500 GB, 1 TB (1 TB drives available for DMX-4 in Q1 08)
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: Not provided
    Connectivity: 4 Gb FC, iSCSI, 4 Gbps FICON, ESCON
    Release date:Currently available
    Base price range: Entry level configuration starts at $250,000 USD
    Software: http://www.emc.com/dsp/DisplayProducts
    Detailed specs: http://www.emc.com/products/systems/symmetrix/DMX_series/pdf/c1166-dmx4- ss.pdf

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    Hewlett-Packard Co.
    HP StorageWorks XP20000 Disk Array (1)

    Usable capacity: 59 TB
    Raw capacity 69 TB
    # of drives: Up to 236 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: Fibre Channel
    Drive capacity: 73 GB 15K rpm; 146 GB 15K rpm; 300 GB 10K rpm; 300 GB 15K rpm
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: Sequential reads: 1,207 MB/sec; Sequential writes: 646 MB/sec.
    Connectivity: 4 Gbps FC; 4 Gbps FICON; ESCON
    Base price range: Base price $189,000
    Software: Includes the following HP StorageWorks XP software: Thin Provisioning; Array Manager; External Storage; Performance Advisor; Continuous Access; Business Copy; Command View Advanced Edition; Provisioning Manager; Replication Monitor; Tiered Storage Manager; Auto LUN
    Detailed specs: http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/quickspecs/12711_div/12711_div.html

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    Hewlett-Packard Co.
    HP StorageWorks XP24000 Disk Array (1)

    Usable capacity: 290 TB
    Raw capacity 332 TB
    # of drives: Up to 1,148 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: Fibre Channel
    Drive capacity: 73 GB 15K RPM; 146 GB 15K RPM; 300 GB 10K RPM; 300 GB 15K RPM
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: Sequential reads: 11,000 MB/sec; Sequential writes: 5,400 MB/sec
    Connectivity: 4 Gbps FC; ESCON; 4 Gbps FICON
    Base price range: Base price $247,000
    Software: Includes the following HP StorageWorks XP software: Thin Provisioning; Array Manager; External Storage; Performance Advisor; Continuous Access; Business Copy; Command View Advanced Edition; Provisioning Manager; Replication Monitor; Tiered Storage Manager; Auto LUN
    Detailed specs: http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/xp24000/specs.html

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    Hitachi Data Systems
    TagmaStore AMS1000 (1)

    Usable capacity: 173.8 TB SATA Intermix; 129.4 TB Fibre Channel
    Raw capacity Over 200 TB
    # of drives: 4–450 Fibre Channel; 0–420 SATA (2)
    Drive types: SATA; Fibre Channel;
    Drive capacity: 73 GB (10K and 15K rpm); 146 GB (10K and 15K rpm); 300 GB (10K rpm); 250 GB SATA (7200 rpm); 500 GB SATA II (7200 rpm)
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: 13.7 Gbps Cached Bandwidth
    Connectivity: Fibre Channel: 8 @ 1, 2 or 4 Gbit/sec; or 4 Fibre Channel ports and iSCSI: 4 @ 1Gbit/sec; or NAS: 8 @ 1Gbit/sec
    Base price range: Under $80,000
    Software: IBM AIX; HP-UX; Sun Solaris; Microsoft Windows 2000, 2003; Windows Server 2003; Microsoft Simple SAN compliant; HP Tru64 UNIX; SGI IRIX; Novell NetWare; Linux; HP OpenVMS; VMWare; Apple MAC OS; IBM z/OS
    Detailed specs: http://www.hds.com/products_services/midrange_specifications/

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    Hewlett-Packard Co.
    TagmaStore USP1100 (1)

    Usable capacity: Up to 330 TB internal (up to 32 PB externally virtualized storage)
    Raw capacity 280 GB to 332 TB internal
    # of drives: 129 to 1152 drives (2)
    Drive types: Fibre Channel
    Drive capacity: Not provided
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: 81 GB/sec (maximum aggregate bandwidth)
    Connectivity: Up to 192 Fibre Channel, 96 ESCON, or 96 FICON ports
    Base price range: $600,000
    Software: IBM AIX; HP-UX; Sun Solaris; Microsoft Windows 2000, 2003; Windows Server 2003; Microsoft Simple SAN compliant; HP Tru64 UNIX; SGI IRIX; Novell NetWare; Linux; HP OpenVMS; VMWare; Apple MAC OS; IBM z/OS
    Detailed specs: http://www.hds.com/products_services/universal_storage_platform/specifications/

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    IBM
    IBM System Storage DS8000 Series (1)

    Usable capacity: 414 GB to 425 TB depending on configuration
    Raw capacity 1.168 to 512 TB
    # of drives: Up to 1,024 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: FATA; FC
    Drive capacity: 500 GB FATA; 73, 146, 300 GB FC
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: up to 3 GB/sec
    Connectivity: 2 Gb and 4 Gb FC/FICON; ESCON
    Base price range: $200,000 and up
    Software: i5/OS, OS/400, AIX, Solaris, HP-UX, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Linux for System z, z/OS, z/VM, VSE/ESA, TPF, Linux for System i, Linux for System p, Linux for Intel systems, OpenVMS, TRU64, NetWare, VMWare, Apple Macintosh OS X, Fujitsu Primepower, SGI IRIX
    Detailed specs: ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/common/ssi/rep_sp/n/TSD00374USEN/TSD00374USEN.PDF

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    Sun Microsystems Inc.
    StorageTek 9985 System (1)

    Usable capacity: 56.5 TB, open systems, RAID 5
    Raw capacity 69 TB
    # of drives: 0 to 240 hard drives (2)
    Drive types: FC active-active
    Drive capacity: 73 GB 10K prm, 73 GB 15K rpm, 146 GB 10K rpm, 146 GB 15K rpm, 300 GB 10K rpm
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: 12.1 GB/sec aggregate bandwidth
    Connectivity: FC, NAS, ESCON, FICON, iSCSI
    Base price range: Not provided
    Software: Not provided
    Detailed specs: http://www.sun.com/storagetek/disk_systems/data_center/9985/

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    Sun Microsystems Inc.
    StorageTek 9990 System (1)

    Usable capacity: 287.8 TB (with 300 GB 10K rpm drives); open systems, RAID 5
    Raw capacity 332 TB
    # of drives: 5 to 1,152 drives (2)
    Drive types: FC active-active
    Drive capacity: 73 GB 10K rpm, 73 GB 15K rpm, 146 GB 10K rpm, 146 GB 15K rpm, 300 GB 10K rpm
    Drive hot swap: Yes
    Transfer rate: 81 GB/sec (aggregate bandwidth)
    Connectivity: FC, NAS, FICON, ESCON, iSCSI
    Base price range: Not provided
    Software: Not provided
    Detailed specs: http://www.sun.com/storagetek/disk_systems/data_center/9990/index.xml

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    NOTES:
    (1) There are various configurations of this product model. Exact specifications depend on the selected/expanded configuration.
    (2) The exact number of drives/slots depends on selected options or expansion chassis.

    ** All prices shown are in US dollars (USD)

    LEGEND:
    ESCON: Enterprise Systems Connection
    FATA: Fibre-Attached Technology Adapted
    FC: Fibre Channel
    FICON: Fibre Connectivity
    iSCSI: Internet SCSI
    NL nearline

21 Feb 2008