This document provides an overview and analysis of the IBM System Storage DS8000. The DS8000 is IBM’s high-end enterprise disk system supporting both mainframe and open system attachment. IBM has continued to enhance the DS8000 with new models since it was first announced on October 12, 2004 and became generally available on December 3, 2004. The DS8880 systems announced in October of 2015 feature multiple models that used Power 8 processors. In January 2017, IBM announced the DS8880F, which is the designation for the all flash models of the DS8880 along with Gen-2 Flash Enclosures. The current models are the DS8900F all flash models which uses Power 9 processors and were announced in September 2019.
The major competitive systems that support both mainframe and open systems attachment include the Dell EMC PowerMax, Hitachi Data Systems VSP 5000, and HPE XP7.
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