IBM System Storage DCS3700 delivers new performance features for 1818-80C

IBM Europe, Middle East, and Africa Hardware Announcement ZG12-0279
September 4, 2012

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IBM® Storage offers new technology controller updates for IBM Storage DCS3700, 1818-80C, disk controller systems. The new Performance Module feature offers increased processor speeds, very large memory capacities, and double the scalability of disk drive expansion and premium feature functions. The DCS37000 with the Performance Modules takes advantage of the capabilities of the enhanced disk drive technologies such as Dynamic Disk Pooling, to offer exceptional processing abilities to high performance computing (HPC) industries such as oil and gas, life sciences, and media applications in large corporate and government labs.



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The new IBM Performance Module features provide new controller canisters for the DCS3700 with increased processor speeds, larger cache memory capacities, and double the scalability of the original offering. Designed for use with HPC computing environments, the DCS3700 with Performance Modules increases the processing capability and storage capacity for HPC uses in the oil and gas industries, media applications, and life sciences with installation in large corporate data centers and government labs.

Each performance module brings four 8Gb Fibre Channel (FC) host ports, dual gigabit Ethernet ports, and a 6Gb SAS expansion connection to the DCS3700. A slot is available for additional host interface cards, such as a new 4 port 8Gb FC host interface card (HIC). There are three slots for DDR3 memory DIMMs in 2, 4, and 8 GB capacities, for a total of up to 6, 12, or 24 GB of memory for the canister, for a total of up to 12, 24, or 48 GB for the DCS3700 system with Performance Modules.

In addition to the increased memory scalability, the DCS37000 outfitted with performance modules will have increased scalability in drive capacity, with two 6Gb SAS ports to redundantly connect to up to five EXP3700 expansion enclosures, doubling the current number of attached disks to 360. Using the 3 TB NL SAS drive options yields over 1 PB of raw disk capacity.

Increased scalability applies as well to the premium features that bring exceptional functionality. Loaded with the latest code, the base DCS3700 with the Performance Modules uses Dynamic Disk Pooling to provide thin provisioning and larger volumes. Disk pooling brings more efficient FlashCopies, roll back FlashCopies, and consistency groups. The Performance Modules allow double the number of FlashCopy® instances, up to 2048. With the Performance Module, a special bundle of FlashCopy and VolumeCopy offers up to 2048 FlashCopies and up to 511 Volume copies per array.



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The DCS3700 with the Performance Module is supported for attachment to selected:

Refer to the IBM System Storage® Interoperation Center (SSIC) for additional details

http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/config/ssic


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Planned availability date
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September 14, 2012



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Description
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The DCS3700 with Performance Modules now offers the following features:

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                               Machine              Feature
Description                    type      Model      number
 
Performance Module Controllers 1818      80C        3100
12GB Cache                     1818      80C        3110
24GB Cache                     1818      80C        3111
48GB Cache                     1818      80C        3112
Upgrade Cache to 24GB          1818      80C        3116
Upgrade Cache to 48GB          1818      80C        3117
Two 4-port 8Gb FC HIC          1818      80C        3130
 
Licensed Functions
8 to 256 Partition Upgrade     1818      80C        3514
8 to 512 Partition Upgrade     1818      80C        3515
64 to 256 Partition Upgrade    1818      80C        3541
128 to 256 Partition Upgrade   1818      80C        3551
128 to 512 Partition Upgrade   1818      80C        3552
256 to 512 Partition Upgrade   1818      80C        3561
Volume Copy plus Enhanced      1818      80C        3905
 FlashCopy bundle - 2048
 PiTs/array and 1024/array
 VC (DCS3700+)



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Publications
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No publications are shipped with these options. Refer to the publications that shipped with your base system for information.

Publications and product documentation are available at the IBM System Storage Support site

http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/


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Specified operating environment

Physical specifications

To assure installability and serviceability in non-IBM industry-standard racks, review the DCS3700 publications for any product-specific installation requirements.

Compatibility

Refer to the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC) for a comprehensive list of supported environments, devices, and configurations

http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/config/ssic

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

Physical configuration and installation planning are customer responsibilities. Refer to the IBM Systems Storage DCS3700 Installation, User's, and Maintenance Guide for additional information.

You are responsible for downloading or obtaining from IBM , and installing designated Machine Code (microcode, basic input/output system code (called BIOS), utility programs, device drivers, and diagnostics delivered with an IBM machine) and other software updates in a timely manner from an IBM Internet website or from other electronic media, and following the instructions that IBM provides. You may request IBM to install Machine Code changes; however, you may be charged for that service.

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No cables required.

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This product uses the security and auditability features of host hardware, host software, and application software.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.

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Warranty period

One year

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Announcement countries
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All European, Middle Eastern, and African countries.

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