Quality Assurance

The IBM DS4800 disk system, coupled with virtualization software, is an ideal platform for a stable, low- cost deployment for test, development, and quality assurance environments.

By deploying a solid virtualization platform on top of a DS4800 storage array throughout their development lab, companies can accelerate software project completion by increasing team productivity of their developers and testers, reduce hardware and administrative costs, and improve the quality of applications that are deployed in production.

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IBM DS4800 as an Archive Storage Platform

IBM   •   February 9, 2011

IBM DS4800

Data archives exist to protect older data that isn't regularly accessed for day-to-day business operations, but may need to be accessed for compliance, regulatory, or referential purposes. An effective archive approach is an integral part of every IT organization, and the IBM DS4800 storage array is an ideal box for a dedicated archival system.

The DS4800 can be fine-tuned and repurposed as an archive platform by utilizing EXP810s with SATA technology to maximize capacity and ensure that data is available for discovery during the full retention cycle.

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IBM EXP5060 At A Glance

IBM   •   January 27, 2011

The IBM System Storage EXP5060 is a 4U storage expansion enclosure (Machine Type 1818, Model G1A) for IBM DS5000 series storage controllers. The IBM EXP5060 is a high density enclosure that can hold up to 60 3.5" SATA drives and fits in a standard 19" rack. When connected to an IBM DS5300 or an IBM DS5100 the EXP5060 can intermix with EXP5000s to connect up to 448 drives. The IBM DS5100 and IBM DS5300 can be configured up to 480 drives by using only EXP5060 enclosures. By using 1TB SATA disk drives, this configuration can scale up to 480TB of raw storage.

IBM EXP5060 front and side views

60 Drives in a single 4U enclosure
The IBM EXP5060 (1818-G1A) high density storage enclosure provides high-volume data transfer and retrieval and can deliver storage functions for multiple drives to multiple hosts. Using hot-swap technology the IBM EXP5060 provides reliable service and ease of management by allowing replacement of drives without shutting down the system.

IBM EXP5060 inside view

By using IBM EXP5060 high desnity enclosures with the IBM DS5300 or IBM DS5100 storage controller, you can significantly reduce operational cost for high capacity applications and effectively reduce the space needed in your data center. By using high efficiency power supplies and variable speed cooling fans, the EXP5060 enclosures can significantly reduce energy costs and cooling requirements.

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5 Tips to Reduce Cost of a Disaster Recovery Build-Out

IT Budget Savings   •   December 8, 2010

A disaster recovery site build is a huge undertaking, with multiple points of financial risk that can undermine the project. This write-up discusses ways that you can reduce cost (December Specials Listed Here) and mitigate risk in your disaster recovery project.

Repurpose Equipment
Saving valuable datacenter space in your production location could fund 100% of your DR project. Consider moving, upgrading and repurposing development, testing or aging production equipment from your primary site to DR. This way you can bring in newer technology to the primary location and transition aging IT assets to the DR location. By doing so you not only reduce the IT capital expense of your DR project; you also free up data center floor space in your production location and provide an opportunity to refresh equipment at your primary location.

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EXP810s can be purchased new or used. Used EXP810s will allow you to save anywhere from $8,000-$15,000 per tray of disk depending on the make/model of the drives being supplied. This is great news for shops that need all the performance they can get - as adding more drives will boost I/O throughput.


As background, the IBM EXP810 - a 4Gbps disk expansion that holds 16 Fiber Channel or 16 Sata disk drives, is currently supported under the IBM DS4300, DS4500, DS4700 & DS4800 storage systems - and is being RPQ'd under the DS5000 storage array(s).

To be clear - the IBM EXP810 can be filled with SATA drives, but you will be required to purchase a fiber channel/Sata intermix kit if your Controller has both Fiber Channel and SATA drives. It's also important to know that SATA and FC drives cannot be intermixed within the same tray (EXP810) of disk.


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10 Considerations for Your Next Storage System

Capacity Planning & Upgrades   •   January 21, 2010

Data explosion - sound familiar?
Everywhere we look data is growing at an exponential rate. VMWare, Oracle and Exchange are just a few of the various drivers of storage growth causing people to reevaluate storage platforms.

As IT architects, SAN administrators and Storage professionals approach the task of storage re-architecture, here are a few important points to consider:

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Secrets About Used EMC Clariion Storage

EMC   •   January 7, 2010

1. Buying used EMC CLARiiON storage can typically save you an additional $10,000 to $25,000 per tray of disk.

What could you do with that kind of money in your pocket? New VMWare tools? Maybe upgrade your backup solution? Maybe a justification to setup a raise or bonus structure for your team?

2. Not all used EMC CLARiiON storage equipment is old.

No one buys EMC 9GB drives anymore! You can purchase quality, current used EMC CLARiiON hardware - such as used EMC 450GB fiber channel drives and used EMC 1TB SATA drives. Trade-in options are also available.

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6 Tips To Improve Storage System Performance

IT Budget Savings   •   August 27, 2009

Six key tips to help reduce the cost and complexity to build high performing storage environments.

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Disaster Recovery Exodus

IT Budget Savings   •   August 18, 2009

Are the explosive costs in your disaster recovery contract causing you to rethink your disaster recovery solution? Over the last several years there has been a rush to find a way to bail out of these disaster recovery contracts and take back in-house control of the DR process.

Besides costs and lack of control, minimal disaster recovery testing time and the “first come first serve” policy are also are motivating factors to drop your disaster recovery all together. One of the biggest reasons driving this exodus – is that disaster recovery managers are finally realizing that DR can be in-sourced for a much lower cost then they first thought.

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How to Save $1.3 Million on a Data Warehouse Project

How-To, Guides, & Tips    •   August 18, 2009

Why do data warehouse projects cost a fortune? Oracle, IBM DB2 and other solutions, while having a high ROI for the business, often require significant investment in software, hardware and services to implement a solution.

Fast forward to a full DR strategy and multiply that infrastructure by TWO – and now you have a serious investment on your hands.

Recently one of the top nation-wide grocery stores in the United States had this exact problem on their hands: How could they build a world-class data warehouse solution without blowing their budget? A few options were available:

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