IBM Corp’s product launches for the Storage Networking World conference in Orlando, Florida include an opening up of the warranty options for its flagship DS8000 Turbo disk array, bigger versions of that device, new high-end tape cartridges, and a new version of its mainframe PAV software.
Previously DS8000 owners have only been able to buy four-year warranties for the box. Now they can buy all-in hardware, software and labor warranties in one-year increments for any DS8000 Turbo. The Turbo tag has been attached to all of the current shipping versions of the DS8000.
IBM used this as a chance to point a finger at its rival EMC Corp’s costly piecemeal software maintenance charges, which IBM says involve hidden costs for customers. EMC’s response to this was that whatever the structure of the final package, it sells more storage software than IBM. We stand by our leadership in sales, EMC said.
IBM has decided that its flagship of flagships DS8300 Turbo four-way model 932 can handle more disks, and so has added support for third and fourth expansion frames, allowing it to be loaded with up to 512TB of disk.
Among the six new tape cartridges for IBM’s high-end TS1120 tape drive is a cartridge that can hold up to 700TB uncompressed data – 40% more than the previous biggest cartridge, and more than any other shipping product, according to IBM. This will ship in January, and will carry a list price starting at $5,400 for a 20-pack cartridge, or $0.39 per TB.
PAV – Parallel Access Volumes – is a software feature for use with the DS8000 when connected to mainframes that increases performance, according to IBM. HyperPAV is a new version of PAV that provides on-demand, automated allocation of aliases for z/OS environments, to help customers who implement larger volumes to scale I/O rates without the need for additional PAV-alias definitions.