Integration Server uses virtualization technology.

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TotalStorage(TM) SAN Integration Server provides virtualization and automation capabilities for storage infrastructure to enable delivery of on demand storage. Capable of assuming basic management tasks such as monitoring cluster health, fault-tolerant, modular, flexible storage solution provides ability to scale to 83+ useable terabytes. All virtualized storage can be managed from one view. It also provides storage pooling, copy functions, and data migration.



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IBM TotalStorage SAN Integration Server 2146 Uses Virtualization Technology to Help Improve Storage Utilization



At a Glance

The IBM TotalStorage SAN Integration Server is designed to reduce both the complexity and costs of managing your storage and to provide the benefits of SAN, virtualization, and pooled storage technology in a prepackaged, comprehensive solution.

The SAN Integration Server is designed to help you:

o Simplify management and increase administrator productivity
o Dynamically migrate data
o Enhance or improve business continuance operations
o Configure the SAN Integration Server with ease

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or the Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).

Overview

The IBM TotalStorage(TM) SAN Integration Server is designed to address the complexities associated with Storage Area Networks and the rising costs associated with storage growth. The SAN Integration Server is an integrated solution combining hardware, software, and optional services providing virtualization and automation capabilities for the storage infrastructure, to enable delivery of on demand storage.

The IBM TotalStorage SAN Integration Server is a modular solution for those customers who seek to enhance their existing storage infrastructure. It integrates the virtualization technology of the IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller, industry-leading SAN Fibre Channel fabric switches, and IBM's TotalStorage FAStT Storage Servers into a comprehensive, prepackaged, highly available solution.

Using virtualization technology, the SAN Integration Server creates a pool of managed disks from the integrated storage subsystems, which can then be mapped to a set of virtual disks useable by host server applications. This gives you the capability to improve your storage utilization through better allocation of unused storage capacity to enable your business to become more efficient and resilient. To help reduce complexity within the data center, you can manage all virtualized storage from a single view.

The solution is also capable of assuming some basic management tasks, such as monitoring the health of the cluster. The cluster can automatically take actions to support continuous operations. These autonomic capabilities can help you achieve the on demand operating capabilities necessary in today's world.

The SAN Integration Server is designed for high data availability environments. Its design can virtually eliminate planned outages by using multipathing technology and supporting nondisruptive hardware and software upgrades.

Building on the advantages of the IBM Virtualization Family's technologies, the SAN Integration Server is designed to provide storage pooling, advanced copy functions, and data migration. It is designed to be a fault-tolerant and flexible storage solution that is cost effective at typical storage capacity points. It is also designed to provide investment protection with the ability to scale to over 83 useable terabytes.

Preview

The 2146-V1A was designed to provide a SAN Storage system that is upgradeable to take advantage of the SAN Volume Controller scalability characteristics. To provide those characteristics, IBM plans to offer upgrades for the SAN Integration Server. These will include SAN Fibre Channel Switch cascading to help increase the connectivity of hosts, additional storage attachment to increase the capacity, and enhanced performance by adding a second pair of SAN Volume Controllers to the existing cluster.

IBM intends to provide these upgrades in the second half of 2003.

All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice. Availability, prices, ordering information, and terms and conditions will be provided when the product is announced for general availability.

Key Prerequisites

All application servers to be connected to the SAN Integration Server require Subsystem Device Driver (SDD) multipathing software and an approved 2Gb/sec Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) for the host. Refer to Hardware Announcement 103-174 , dated June 3, 2003.

Planned Availability Date

July 25, 2003

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