IBM ultimate week unveiled two new network storage servers designed to aid small and mid size organizations consolidate their storage. The N5000 range of gadgets can also be fitted with Fibre Channel and SATA disk drives, will also be clustered for prime availability, and support assorted working systems, including windows, Unix, and Linux. The devices also assist Linux and AIX partitions running on iSeries servers, however not i5/OS.
IBM’s new N5000 line of storage servers are geared toward customers requiring a community connected storage (NAS) solution for powering disaster healing and disk-to-disk backups at small information centers and far flung regional offices. “The N5000 collection supports a broad latitude of community-connected storage needs, and is designed to give extra scale, extra attachment flexibility, and a richer set of software capabilities,” says Barry Rudolph, vp of storage programs at IBM.
There are two components of the line, together with the N5200 and the N5500. The entry-stage N5200 A10 equipment is equipped a single Intel Xeon processor working at 2.8 GHz, 2 GB of reminiscence, four built-in Gigabit Ethernet ports, 4 2 Gbps Fibre Channel ports, and three PCI-X enlargement slots. The N5200 A20, which is a beefed up version of the A10 used for clustering implementations the place failover is required, doubles the processing, reminiscence, and enlargement capabilities, and contains an Infiniband (IB) cluster interconnect between both processing nodes.
clients construct up their actual storage with their N5200 and N5500 gadgets by way of paying for EXN1000 or EXN2000 rack-mountable disk drive growth enclosures. they can join up to 12 of these disk enclosures to their N5200 unit (reckoning on the category of disk used), or up to 24 of these disk enclosures if they opt for the higher N5500 unit.
The EXN1000 storage expansion unit incorporates 14 SATA disk drives, either in 250 GB or 320 GB capacities, providing the N5200 consumer a optimum of forty TB of storage throughout 9 enclosures protecting 126 300-GB SATA drives, or a total storage skill of 24 TB across 168 drives in 12 devices if the users choose the 250 GB drives.
The EXN2000 storage expansion unit contains 14 Fibre Channel disk drives, including 10K RPM drives in seventy two, one hundred forty four, and 300 GB capacities, or 15K RPM drives in seventy two or one hundred forty four GB capacities, giving N5200 clients a highest capacity of 50 TB across 168 drives in a full complement of 12 enclosures. N5200 and N5500 clients cannot mix and fit between SATA and Fibre Channel drives, and if they select the extra expensive Fibre Channel drives, they ought to all be spinning at the same speed.
The N5500 A10 device is outfitted a single Xeon processor operating at 2.eight GHz, four GB of memory, four integrated Gigabit Ethernet ports, 4 2 Gbps Fibre Channel ports, and three PCI-X growth slots. like the N5200 line, there is additionally a beefed up edition of the bottom unit used for clustering implementations the place failover is required. This N5500 A20 unit doubles the processing, memory, and expansion capabilities of the base unit, and the IB cluster interconnect.
just like the N5200 line, the N5500 makes use of EXN1000 and EXN2000 storage enlargement gadgets, every of which contain 14 SATA or 14 Fibre Channel disk drives. entirely equipped, the N5500 can connect to 24 EXN1000 or EXN2000 expansion contraptions (best 18 growth devices if the greater capability drives are used), giving it a total capacity of 84 TB across 336 250 GB SATA disk drives. the overall ability on the N5500 is a little bit much less using Fibre Channel drives.
The N5200 and N5500 use business standard iSCSI, CIFS, FCP, and NFS storage protocols, which ability they support IBM’s Linux and Unix (pSeries) servers and its home windows and Linux (xSeries) servers. iSeries and zSeries are also supported, but best for NFS storage via Linux and AIX partitions; native OS/400 is not supported.
the brand new N5200 and N5500 drives become attainable December 9, with starting costs of $60,000 and $85,000, respectively. These products are the outcome of an aftermarket agreement that IBM and network equipment formed in April (see “IBM Makes a NAS Play”). the primary product as a consequence of that union was the N3700, a storage machine that can dangle as much as 17 TB of facts.
IBM also says it is planning to present all the way through the primary half of 2006 two gateway fashions of the N5500 and N5200 that will give connectivity to a lot of lower back-conclusion disk programs, including the IBM DS8000 and the IBM DS4800. The DS8000 line is IBM’s midrange to excessive-end storage server product line in response to its Power5 processor, and it supports the iSeries and zSeries natively. The DS4800 (formerly FAStT) is a midrange array that supports home windows, Linux, and Unix servers, as well as AIX and Linux partitions in the iSeries.