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IBM DS3500 Express Storage System – Product Analysis

Full Summary:

The IBM DS3500 Express storage system is an entry level storage system from IBM.  The DS3500 offering is targeted for usage with System x, BladeCenter, and Power systems.  The DS3500 is capable of scaling to mid-range capacity and performance but is targeted at entry level pricing.

Competitive multi-platform distributed storage hardware systems include alternatives such as EMC’s VNX series, Hitachi Data System’s (HDS) Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) Series, and Hewlett Packard’s (HP) MSA series.

The DS3500 Express storage system represents the continuation of the hardware evolution of the systems developed by NetApp Engenio and offered by IBM in their mid-range and entry DS lineup. There are a variety of packaging options using the modular controller. The DS3500 provides advanced features that have evolved over time to provide high-value capabilities to customers. As a system that combines performance with advanced features, the DS3500 meets a wide-range of demands in the market for open systems. The flexibility of SAN attachment for both Fibre Channel and iSCSI interfaces and the 6 Gb/s SAS host connection allows the DS3500 to be used in multiple environments that cover many different customer needs.

Document includes:

  • Highlights
  • Overview
  • Hardware Architecture
  • Software Architecture
  • Advanced Features
  • RAS Features
  • Performance
  • Evaluator Group Commentary

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