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IBM Storage BP Guidebook v13.0

IBM Storage BP Guidebook v13.0

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Facing relentless data growth and shrinking budgets, com-
panies continue to look for ways to reduce costs through ef-
fciencies. The IBM System Storage DS3950 Express (Figure
D.5) is designed to provide lower total cost of ownership, high
performance, robust functionality, and unparalleled ease of
use. Its 8 Gb/s FC allows companies to reduce the number
of HBAs per server and the number of overall ports in their
FC SAN infrastructure without sacrifcing performance, thus
saving acquisition and operational costs. Additionally, the
DS3950’s auto-negotiating 8 Gb/s Fibre Channel interfaces
allow it to seamlessly integrate into an existing 2 Gb/s or 4
Gb/s infrastructure, while providing the buyer with invest-
ment protection going forward when the SAN inevitably be-
comes 8 Gb/s.

The DS3950’s design avoids over-confguration for an af-
fordable entry-point while offering seamless “pay-as-you-
grow” scalability as requirements change. Its effcient storage
utilization lowers raw capacity requirement, and support for
intermixing high performance and high capacity drives en-
ables enclosure-based tiered storage. These unique capabili-
ties reduce the number of drives needed to meet performance
and/or capacity.
Here are some quick DS3950 facts:

• Next-generation 8 Gbps FC interfaces enable infrastructure

• Mixed host interfaces support (FC/iSCSI) enables SAN tiering

System Storage Quick Reference 119

Chat now with IBM tech support

• DS3950 Express details on PartnerWorld
• DS3950 Express details on IBM.com
• DS3950 Express competitive info on COMP
• DS3950 Sales Kit on PartnerWorld
• DS3950 blog search
• DS3950 Twitter search

Figure D.5. IBM System Storage DS3950 Express at a glance (and links to more detail).



1814-94H and 1814-98H

RAID controller

Dual active


Model 94H: 2 GB; Model 98H: 4 GB battery-backed

Host interface

Model 94H: Four 8 Gb/s FC, Model 98H: Four 8 Gb/s FC and four 1
Gb/s iSCSI

Drive interface

4 drive ports—Fibre Channel (FC) Switched and FC Arbitrated Loop
(FC-AL) standard, Auto-sensing 2 Gbps/4 Gbps

Supported drives

Supports 4 Gbps FC: 15k rpm—300 GB, 450 GB, 600 GB;
Supports 4 Gbps SATA: 7.2k rpm—1 TB, 2 TB GB;
Supports 6 Gbps FC-SAS: 10k rpm—600 GB

RAID levels

RAID-0, -1, -3, -5, -6, -10

Storage partitions

4, 8, 16, 64, or 128 storage partitions

Maximum drives

112 FC, FC-SAS or SATA drives (using six EXP395 Expansion Units)

Fans & power suppliesDual redundant, hot-swappable
Rack support

19" industry-standard rack

Systems management

IBM System Storage DS Storage Manager version 10.xx

SAN support

Supported IBM FC switches and directors (product numbers 2005,
2006, 2109, 2026, 2027, 2031, 2032, 2034, 2042, 2054, 2061, and
2062, and IBM BladeCenter)


Three year parts and labor warranty, 9x5 next business day,
upgradeable to 24x7 with four hour response

120 IBM Storage Business Partner Guidebook

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• Balanced performance well-suited for virtualization/consoli-


• Support for intermixing FC/SATA/FC-SAS drives enables cost
effective tiered storage

• Maximize utilization and minimize TCO with feature-rich
management software

• Centrally manage the DS series with the IBM System Storage
DS Storage Manager

• Support up to 112 disk drive modules with six EXP395 ex-
pansion units

• Supports IBM AIX and Power Systems T10-PI Data Integrity

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