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IBM Debuts DS8700 High End Storage Solution

With an eye on improving its position in the high end server storage market, IBM has launched its latest range of its DS8000 series disk storage arrays called the DS8700 and it is designed to be more energy efficient and offer better performance than its predecessors.

The new product from IBM incidentally belongs to the high end of its widely used DS8000 series; it is built using IBM's own Power6 processors and is said to offer a 150 percent boost in performance compared to the previous DS8300 model.

It also comes with a new I/O topology and claims to be 50 percent more energy efficient than the DS8300 model besides offering a host of other improvements.

The pricing of the DS8700 range starts at $290,000 and is likely to find many takers amongst its long time user base who prefer to swear by the reliability that the IBM brand offers when it comes to storage arrays.

The new storage array utilises solid state drives which the company had introduced in its DS8000 series and it offers users the capability to configure the array drives with native full disk encryption which keeps the data secure irrespective of the drive remaining inside the box or outside.

Our Comments

The DS8700 will almost certainly be a performance screamer thanks to the SSD. However the price is likely to be quite high. Yet the initial investment might be recouped by the savings in space, cooling, electricity and maintenance. The DS8700 could well be a best seller for Big Blue.

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