IBM Boosts Storage Flexibility
IBM launched two new data storage systems, the DS6000 and DS8000 series, which will be available beginning Dec. 3. Both systems were influenced by the company's financial-services customers, says Peter McCaffrey, program director, IBM Systems Group. "When we hear back from our finance sector customers, what we hear the most is [the] need to protect data and ensure business continuity - that [they're] up and running, have no loss of data and can meet regulatory requirements," he says.
Since the two products share a common operating environment, they offer finance sector customers more options in how the firms build and deploy business continuity systems, according to McCaffrey. The DS8000, which starts at $260,000 for 1.3 terabytes of storage, can be used at a firm's headquarters, while the DS6000, which starts at $97,000 for 300 gigabytes of storage, could hold mission-critical systems at various disaster recovery sites, he says.