IBM's midrange family extends

IBM Middle East has extended its midrange storage family with the introduction of a new four-gigabit per second storage system, known as the IBM TotalStorage DS4800. Details of the new IBM TotalStorage system, which claims to be one of the fastest midrange disk systems in the market today, were unveiled at Storage World Middle East Conference in Dubai.

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By  Jane Plunkett Published  June 9, 2005

IBM Middle East has extended its midrange storage family with the introduction of a new four-gigabit per second storage system, known as the IBM TotalStorage DS4800. Details of the new IBM TotalStorage system, which claims to be one of the fastest midrange disk systems in the market today, were unveiled at Storage World Middle East Conference in Dubai. In testing conducted by the Storage Performance Council, the DS4800 boasts to have set a new standard for midrange storage server performance delivering a maximum of more than 42,000 SPC-1 IOPS. The DS4800 achieved these breakthrough performance metrics with its high-performance architecture incorporating four gigabit per second technology, IBM said. "IBM's new DS4800 is an excellent choice for our customers in the region with high-performance computing needs that store and utilise vast amounts of data for high-bandwidth programs and complex application processing, such as those in the oil & gas, entertainment, media and scientific research segments," said Mohamed El-Shanawany, storage sales manager, IBM Middle East and Pakistan. "With the proven high performance of the DS4800, we believe we are introducing to the market a compelling new alternative that can't be matched by other products in the same class," he added. The IBM DS4800 claims to be designed to support up to 67 terabytes of data. It is also equipped to provide data failover software, availability and integrity features, all managed through a graphical user interface (GUI). The DS4800 will also support the recently announced integrated backup for databases with the AIX operating environment and IBM DB2 Universal Database. Other unique features include a "call home" function that alerts users if there is a problem with the system, long battery life, a second Ethernet port so diagnostics can be conducted, and a switched expansion drawer to allow for easy scalability, IBM said. The DS4800 operates in a heterogeneous operating system environment, which includes AIX, HPUX, Solaris, Windows, and various Intel and POWER(TM)-based versions of Linux(TM).

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