has unveiled an entry-level disk array with an iSCSI interface that fills a hole
in the vendor’s portfolio.
The vendor last week launched the System Storage DS3300 disk array, which includes iSCSI interfaces, next-generation serial attached SCSI (SAS) back-end technology and management software. The vendor already offers Fibre channel and SAS arrays as part of its DS3000 range.
According to Steve Horobin, IBM storage sales specialist, the DS3300 is targeted at SMEs because it is
easy to install and use. “It can be used for any business, as every business needs continuity, reliability and around the clock access. The system has a wizard that explains the storage installation for the customer.”
Horobin said that the system has an expansion unit for up to 14.4TB of storage and 48 hard disk drives.
Probal Sil, central government unit director at reseller Portal Partnership, said any firm that has mission critical data, regardless of size, would need secure storage.
“SANs are definitely appropriate for SMEs and the DS3300 has headroom for growth, which means a small firm can use it for a long time.
“Any firm that has two, three or more servers can use this because once it is implemented users can share the data across the servers and it has a single point of control for their entire data storage.”
Sil said VARs would be able to add value by including services and support. “For anyone selling hardware alone there will be limited value-adding opportunities on this, as for most things,” he said. “But value can be added through services such as data consolidation.”
Mark Prior, senior storage consultant at Bell Microsystems, said: “This is IBM’s third foray into the iSCSI world. It tried it with Adaptec and once before that, neither of which were very successful.
“However, this time it is with LSI and they are more geared towards the SME sector, so it seems a safer bet.”
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