DS8000 - Far from pushing up daisies - DS8700
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My posts from last week have been generating a huge amount of interest, with customers both existing an prospective seeing that what we have done with SVC 5.1 and our intergrated SSD support is much more of a game changer than EMC's "bolt them into the array" approach. While IBM has the same capability with its DS8000 and DS5000 series, what we need for SSD is innovation. Just like 3Par provided some innovation with Thin Provisioning, Compellent provided with their data-progression, and now SVC has provided with the ability to scale out very high IOPs SSD support, these things will all become 'base ingredients' of a 2010+ storage array. The key here is that IBM innovated back in the mid 90's to produce DS8000 using System P hardware to produce a storage array, in the 2000's we used System X to produce the SVC appliance, and all these other companies have innovated to add software functionality - what have EMC done? Copied. Now thats fair enough, we too with DS8000, and SVC have copied and added "Space-efficiency" aka Thin Provisioning, and we will be adding a form of data progression, but they key differentiator is that (dare I use the term) 'blue-sky' thinking. Its not just about always following the rest and issuing product feature announcements 18 months before the feature is available... it about thinking for yourself and listening to customers on what pains them today and innovating to provide something different that above all solves business problems today.
You have probably read all of Mr Burkes continual DS8000 bashing over the last year, how he started with DS8000 being dead, and XIV replacing it, despite our numerous comments otherwise he still pushed on regardless claiming the DS8000 would be "pushing up daisys". And I did find his recent 'rip 8300' post highly amusing. So when EMC announced DMX-5, sorry
So it really must pain him that today IBM announced the DS8700 - the latest update to the 8000 series, utilising Power 6 based processing units, and PCI express Gen2 hardware interfaces. Looks like they need to shell out a few more $ so they can claim to understand the limits of the HA and DA architecture. Of course I'm the SVC dude, and although part of our STG Hursley team has had intimate development and test involvement with the DS8700 hardware, I understand the latest DA adapters double the backend bandwidth / IOPs and the move to PCIe interconnects removes any of the potential RIO (Infiniband) loop bottlenecks that faster disk adapters would have caused.
I'm sure Tony will be along soon with some more details and his take, but to my 'simple' mind... a product that has added native RAID-6, native SATA drive support, Full Disk Encryption support (does DMX support yet?) and Thin Provisioning. Has moved to a new Power-6 hardware base, PCIe Gen2 interconnects and more than doubled throughput over the existing model in the space of 18 months is hardly dead!
If you are looking for an Enterprise storage prdouct, with a healthy roadmap, past and present, very high performance - with extremely open performance benchmarking claims - come see what IBM DS8000 can offer.
PS. The next part in my SVC 5.1 update, which was also announced fully today, SVC5 Software Enhancements, will be forthcoming over the next few days