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IBM DS5020 Express

Description -
Guaranteed for IBM Support
Tech Specs -


Up to 4 GB of physical cache memory (2 GB per controller)

Drive Interface

4 drive ports—Fibre Channel (FC) Switched and FC Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL) standard, Auto-sensing 2 Gbps/4 Gbps

Fans and power supplies

Dual redundant, hot-swappable

Host Interface

Four 8 Gb/s FC;
or Eight 8 Gb/s FC;
or Four 8 Gb/s FC and Four 1 Gb/s iSCSI

Management Software

IBM System Storage DS® Storage Manager version 10.xx

Max. Disk Drives

Up to 67 TB of physical storage capacity with 112 600GB Fibre Channel disk drives.

Up to 224 TB of physical storage capacity with 112 2 TB SATA disk drives.

Up to 33TB of physical storage capacity with 112 300GB Solid State disk

Rack support

19-inch, industry-standard rack

RAID Controller

Dual Active

Raid Levels

0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 10

SAN Support

Supported IBM FC switches and directors (product numbers 2005, 2006, 2109, 2026, 2027, 2031, 2032, 2034, 2042, 2054, 2061 and 2062, and IBM BladeCenter)

Storage Partitions

4, 8, 16, 64 or 128 storage partitions

Supported Drives

Supports 4 Gbps FC/FDE: 15k – 600 GB, 450 GB, 300 GB, 146.8 GB, E-DDM
Supports 4 Gbps SATA: 7.2K 750 GB, 1 TB and 2 TB E-DDM Disk drives
Support SSD: 73 GB and 300 GB

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  • Overview
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Reliant Technology can help you cost-effectively design and architect your ideal IBM DS5020 SAN storage solution.

Scalable High-Performance Storage
The IBM DS5020 Express offers high data availability and high performance perfect for bandwidth heavy applications. The IBM DS5020 Express allows for 8Gb/sec Fibre Channel connections, optional 1Gb/sec iSCSI interface and can scale up to 224TB of physical storage. 

The IBM DS5020 Express also supports intermixing of low power, high performance Solid State Dirves (SSD) with Fibre Channel, FDE, and SATA disk drives. The IBM DS5020 Express Model 20A (1814-20A) has up to eight independent 8Gb/sec Fibre Channel host ports for direct attachment servers or fabric attached SANs.

New and Refurbished Options Available
High quality refurbished IBM DS5020 Express and used IBM DS5020 Express systems & upgrades (including IBM FC drives, SATA drives, SSD drives, and IBM disk expansions) are also available from Reliant Technology to provide IBM storage solutions to fit your budget.

Warranty and Support
Reliant Technology offers a 1 Year Next-Business-Day parts replacement warranty and 9-5 phone support on all refurbished IBM DS5020 Express systems & upgrades. All IBM DS5000 series storage systems and upgrades are guaranteed for IBM support. Extended warranties and 24x7x4 onsite hardware support are available. Learn More

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Support and Warranty

One-Year Warranty from Reliant Technology

Next-Business-Day Parts Replacement

Reliant Technology verifies equipment through our rigorous 8-step testing and certification process known as the “Reliant Rock-Solid Certification.” In addition to our certification program, each piece of equipment purchased through Reliant Technology comes with a one-year, next-business-day warranty.

If you require technical assistance in replacing a component, 9x5 phone support is available (Monday - Friday, excluding major holidays) from one of our storage experts.

Third-Party Maintenance and Support

Reliant Technology offers comprehensive maintenance coverage from our vast service network of internal and field engineers. Maintenance agreements can be customized to co-terminate at prices 30-70% of the OEM.

Our team works directly with you to understand your exact project requirements and design the right solutions for your organization’s challenges. And, with 5 levels of support available, ranging from 24x7x365 with 4-hour on-site response to next-business-day parts replacement, you have the flexibility to choose the right maintenance terms for your needs.

For more information about our product warranty or maintenance options, contact us by chat, email, or phone.