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IBM Storage 'Giving Birth To Twins'
NEW YORK (October 12) — A throng of IT experts, vendors and customers showed up at the Hotel Mandarin to hear from IBM (White Plains, NY) the announcement they all expected to hear: the release of two new data storage systems — the IBM TotalStorage DS6000 series and the IBM TotalStorage DS8000 series.
The two systems are geared to bridge the gap between incompatible high-end and midrange storage classes. "When we look at the storage systems market, the one key point is there has been an exponential price performance in drives," stated Bill Zeitler, senior vice president and group executive of IBM Systems & Technology Group. "This is an industry that's vertically integrated."
According to Zeitler, the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of high-end systems was -8.4%, while the CAGR for midrange systems was 4.6%. Estimated spending for storage systems in 2004 is expected to be at $30 billion; by 2008, it is expected to rise by 33%. "This market has many characteristics of what the market was like five years ago," he said.
By using an open-standards architecture, the DS6000 series helps businesses unify data and facilitate the flow of information across the enterprise — even in complex, heterogeneous server environments. The use of open standards means businesses can use a variety of server types, operating environments and business applications from a variety of vendors to best suit their particular requirements.
The DS6000 series also features enterprise-class data backup and disaster recovery capabilities. IBM TotalStorage FlashCopy point-in-time copy functions back up data in the background while allowing users nearly instant access to information on both source and target volumes. At the same time, Metro and Global Mirror capabilities generate and maintain duplicate copies of data on separate storage systems located both locally and on geographically disperse locations to protect data from disasters and support business continuity, even in the event of power outages or disasters.