IBM expands portfolio to fight EMC

Big Blue links with NettApp to turbocharge its storage solutions

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By  Published  September 1, 2006

Industry heavyweight IBM has undertaken one of the largest expansions of its storage portfolio in the company’s history, building on its partnership with Network Appliance (NettApp), in order to take on rival and market leader EMC.

Spanning the vendor’s high-end disk systems, N series portfolio, data retention solutions, and small and medium-sized business (SMB) offerings, the upgrade to new and faster systems is designed to give custo- mers increased performance and management capabilities, while at the same time lowering costs, IBM claimed.

“We’re turbocharging our storage systems and accelerating our NetApp relationship to help customers manage their information on demand needs,” said Andy Monshaw, general manager of IBM Systems Storage.

Monshaw claimed the announcement further demonstrated IBM’s commitment to providing its clients with increased flexibility and increased choice that enabled them to take control of their storage infrastructure.

“The choice for customers is clear — more powerful and faster storage solutions from IBM, versus proprietary solutions from EMC,” he added.

At the high-end, IBM introduced the IBM System Storage DS8000 Turbo models, updating its flagship DS8000 series.

The new models — the IBM System Storage DS8100 Turbo and DS8300 Turbo systems — are based on POWER5+ processors, and demonstrate a performance improvement of up to 15% for transaction processing workload environments compared to their predecessors.

Big Blue also launched its new System Storage N7000 family, a complete line of unified storage products based on NetApp technology, designed to provide end-to-end solutions for environments needing enterprise class network attached storage (NAS), fibre channel (FC) storage attached network (SAN), and iSCSI offerings.

“The introduction of the N7000 products represents a significant milestone in Net- App’s strategic relationship with IBM,” said Tom Georgens, executive vice president and general manager of enterprise storage systems at NetApp.

“The pairing of IBM’s global reach and NetApp’s leading-edge storage offerings has been a winning relationship for both companies, and in particular our customers,” he added.

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