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New advanced functions and features for IBM System Storage DCS3700 and DCS3700+

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 112-223
November 27, 2012


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Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Technical information Technical information
Planned availability date Planned availability date Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
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IBM® DCS3700 and DCS3700+ add new controller, host interface card (HIC) options, hard disk drive features, more powerful premium features, and simplified ordering of the new premium features.



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The recently released DCS3700 with Performance Modules (DCS3700+) now offers new functionality with new HICs, new controller firmware, an expanded feature set, and simplified ordering. Hosts will now be able to connect to the DCS3700+ with a 6 Gb SAS HIC or a 10 Gb iSCSI HIC. The new firmware allows T10 Protection Information (T10 PI) for selected drive options, helping to protect the user against data corruption at the drive level. The premium feature selections have been greatly simplified in this release, and the premium features for the DCS3700+ have expanded capabilities.

DCS3700 can now be upgraded with Performance Module Controllers to bring this new technology to the DCS3700 systems already installed at customer locations. The new SAS HIC for the Performance Module upgrade allows SAS connections for those customers that are using SAS host ports on their current installations. The upgrade to the new controllers is designed to leave intact the data, configurations, and premium features that have already been purchased, activated, and configured.

New 10K RPM disk drives will now be offered for DCS3700 and DCS3700+ systems, in single drive packs and in 10-packs. When used with the DCS3700+, these new drives will have the T10 PI capabilities available. The new controller firmware will also provide T10 PI capability on two other previously announced drive options, 300 GB 15K drives and 3 TB NLS SAS drives.



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Controller Firmware (CFW) level 7.84, or later
 
DCS3700 1818                  FC      Prerequisites
 
Disaster Recovery Option      3951    CFW 7.84, or later
 for DCS3700
Back Up & Restore Option      3952    CFW 7.84, or later
 for DCS3700
Performance Read Cache        3953    CFW 7.84, or later
 for DCS3700
Super Key for DCS3700         3970    CFW 7.84, or later
Performance Module Controller 3101    CFW 7.84, or later
 Upgrade
600 GB 10,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5 3415    CFW 7.84, or later
 HDD 10-pack
600 GB 10,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5 3416    CFW 7.84, or later
 HDD single
900 GB 10,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5 3419    CFW 7.84, or later
 HDD single
900 GB 10,000 rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5 3420    CFW 7.84, or later
 HDD 10-pack
 
Controller Firmware 7.84 requires Storage Manager 10.84, or later.
 
DCS3700+ 1818                  FC    Prerequisites
 
10 Gb iSCSI HIC               3131   CFW 7.84, or later, FC #3100 or
                                      #3101
6 Gb SAS HIC                  3132   CFW 7.84, or later, FC #3100 or
Disaster Recovery Option      3954   CFW 7.84, or later
 for DCS3700 Plus
Back Up and Restore Option    3955   CFW 7.84, or later
 for DCS3700 Plus
Performance Read Cache        3956   CFW 7.84, or later
 for DCS3700 Plus
Super Key                     3971   CFW 7.84, or later
 for DCS3700 Plus

The T10 PI function is supported on the DCS3700 Performance Module Controller and requires:



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For CFW 7.84, all premium features and host features 3101 and 3132: December 7, 2012

For drive features 3415, 3416, 3419, and 3420, and for host interface feature 3131: December 14, 2012.



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IBM System Storage® now provides several new updates to the DCS3700 and DCS3700 with Performance Module Controllers.

DCS3700

New Performance Controller Modules, host interface adapters for the Performance Controller Modules, CFW version 7.84, and new simplified options for premium features are now being offered as upgrades to existing DCS3700 systems. New 10K rpm drive features are also being released with 600 GB and 900 GB capacities, available in single drive packs and in 10-packs.

IBM System Storage combines major premium features to simplify ordering of DCS3700 systems. Some premium features are now included in the base CFW for no additional charge, and other premium functions are now included in separate premium feature options.

CFW version 7.84 now includes additional functions and features:

Additional premium feature options include:

All other premium feature keys remain available, and functional, with CFW version 7.84. Customers that upgrade to CFW version 7.84 will find that the keys that have already been purchased and activated still work as the functions worked before the firmware upgrade. Also, upgrading with the keys that were previously announced will still continue to unlock in the latest CFW version 7.84 the functionality that was delivered in earlier versions of CFW.

New drive capacities with new speed characteristics are being introduced to provide additional drive performance. Next generation 10K rpm drives are being released in 600 GB and 900 GB capacities. Each capacity drive is being released in 10-pack and single drive pack to accommodate single drive SSD purchases, offering a new choice in performance storage systems.

DCS3700 with Performance Modules (DCS3700+)

The recently released DCS3700 with Performance Modules (DCS3700+) is being updated with new hardware options such as dual port 10 Gb iSCSI and 4-port 6Gb SAS HICs for optional use in the available slot in the Performance Module. The new CFW version 7.84 and the new 600 GB and 900 GB 10K drive options are also being released for the DCS3700+.

With SAS ports now being available for the DCS3700+, controller modules in older DCS3700 systems currently installed in the field can be replaced by Performance Modules as an upgrade.

DCS3700+ has larger functional capabilities:

Users adding upgrades to existing DCS3700 installations will get the additional functionality and expansion capability, while still being able to use the legacy volumes and premium features that have already been purchased and configured.

With the new CFW version 7.84, premium features for the DCS3700+ have greater capabilities than the features for the units without Performance Modules. Ordering and installation for these features has also been simplified, and include:

The use of the DCS3700 Performance Module controller also enables T10 PI data protection protocols on T10 PI capable drives. The new drive features being announced are all T10 PI formatted at 520 bytes per block. The following existing drive features are now being announced with new T10PI enhanced functionality:

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                                     Machine             Feature
Description                          type      Model     number
 
Disaster Recovery Option             1818      80C       3951
 for DCS3700
Back Up and Restore Option           1818      80C       3952
 for DCS3700
Performance Read Cache               1818      80C       3953
 for DCS3700
Super Key                            1818      80C       3970
 for DCS3700
Performance Module Controller        1818      80C       3101
 Upgrade
10 Gb iSCSI HIC                      1818      80C       3131
6 Gb SAS HIC                         1818      80C       3132
Disaster Recovery Option             1818      80C       3954
 for DCS3700 Plus
Back Up and Restore Option           1818      80C       3955
 for DCS3700 Plus
Performance Read Cache               1818      80C       3956
 for DCS3700 Plus
Super Key                            1818      80C       3971
 for DCS3700 Plus
600 GB 10,000rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5 HDD     1818      80C, 80E  3415
 10-pack
600 GB 10,000rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5 HDD     1818      80C, 80E  3416
 single
900 GB 10,000rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5 HDD     1818      80C, 80E  3419
 single
900 GB 10,000rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5 HDD     1818      80C, 80E  3420
 10-pack

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM , you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld® ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=112-223


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T10 Protection Information (PI)

T10 Protection Information can be enabled between the storage controller and its disk drives. T10 PI requires the use of PI-formatted disk drives. The drive options in this announcement are PI-formatted drives. They are formatted at 520 bytes per sector, with 512 bytes for user data and 8 bytes for integrity metadata. The drives can be used with or without T10 PI function enabled and can be intermixed within a storage enclosure or across storage systems with non-PI formatted drives.

T10 PI can be used with any RAID level. To use the T10 PI function, all drives within the RAID array must be PI-formatted drives PI-formatted and non-PI formatted drives can be intermixed within a RAID array, but then the T10 PI function cannot be enabled on that Array.



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Publications
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The following publications are shipped with the product:

Title                                   Order number
 
Shipped in hard copy:
System Storage DCS3700 Quick Start      00Y5688 (Part number)
 Guide
 
Shipped on Host Kit DVD:
IBM System Storage DCS3700 Storage      GA32-0959
 Subsystem and DCS3700 Storage
 Subsystem with Performance Module
 Controllers Installation,
 User's, and Maintenance Guide
 
IBM System Storage DS3000,              GA32-0961
 DS4000®, and DS5000 Command Line
 Interface and Script
 Commands Programming Guide
 
IBM System Storage DS® Storage           GA32-2221
 Manager Version 10.8
 Installation and Host Support
 Guide
 
IBM System Storage DS Storage           GA32-0964
 Manager Version 10 Copy
 Services User's Guide
 
On the web:
All of the above publications.

All of the above publications are available on the IBM support website

http://www.ibm.com/storage/support/

Publications and product documentation are available at the IBM System Storage Support site

http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/


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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements
 
DCS3700 1818                   FC     Prerequisites
 
Disaster Recovery Option      3951    CFW 7.84, or later
 for DSC3700
Back Up & Restore Option      3952    CFW 7.84, or later
 for DSC3700
Performance Read Cache        3953    CFW 7.84, or later
 for DSC3700
Super Key                     3970    CFW 7.84, or later
 for DSC3700
Performance Module Controller 3101    CFW 7.84, or later
 Upgrade
600 GB 10,000 rpm 6 Gb SAS    3415    CFW 7.84, or later
 2.5in HDD 10-pack
600 GB 10,000 rpm 6 Gb SAS    3416    CFW 7.84, or later
 2.5in HDD
900 GB 10,000 rpm 6 Gb SAS    3419    CFW 7.84, or later
 2.5in HDD
900 GB 10,000 rpm 6 Gb SAS    3420    CFW 7.84, or later
 2.5in HDD 10-pack
 
Controller Firmware 7.84 requires Storage Manager 10.84 or later.
 
DCS3700+ 1818                  FC    Prerequisites
 
10 Gb iSCSI HIC               3131   CFW 7.84, or later, FC #3100 or
                                      #3101
6 Gb SAS HIC                  3132   CFW 7.84, or later, FC #3100 or
                                      #3101
Disaster Recovery Option      3954   CFW 7.84, or later
 for DCS3700 Plus
Back Up and Restore Option    3955   CFW 7.84, or later
 for DCS3700 Plus
Performance Read Cache        3956   CFW 7.84, or later
 for DCS3700 Plus
Super Key                     3971   CFW 7.84, or later
 for DCS3700 Plus
600 GB 10,000 rpm 6 Gb SAS    3415   CFW 7.84, or later
 2.5in HDD 10-pack
600 GB 10,000 rpm 6 Gb SAS    3416   CFW 7.84, or later
 2.5in HDD
900 GB 10,000 rpm 6 Gb SAS    3419   CFW 7.84, or later
 2.5in HDD
900 GB 10,000 rpm 6 Gb SAS    3420   CFW 7.84, or later
 2.5in HDD 10-pack

The T10 PI function is supported on the DCS3700 Performance Module Controller and requires:

Compatibility

Refer to the IBM System Storage Interoperation Center (SSIC) for a comprehensive list of supported environments, devices, and configurations

http://www.ibm.com/systems/support/storage/config/ssic

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

Physical configuration and installation planning are customer responsibilities. Refer to the IBM Systems Storage DCS3700 Installation, User's, and Maintenance Guide for additional information.

You are responsible for downloading or obtaining from IBM , and installing designated Machine Code (microcode, basic input/output system code (called BIOS), utility programs, device drivers, and diagnostics delivered with an IBM machine) and other software updates in a timely manner from an IBM Internet website or from other electronic media, and following the instructions that IBM provides. You may request IBM to install Machine Code changes; however, you may be charged for that service.

Cable orders

No cables required.

Security, auditability, and control

This product uses the security and auditability features of host hardware, host software, and application software.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.



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Warranty period

One year

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No

Machine code

Same license terms and conditions as base machine



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                              Feature  Machine           
Description                   number   type      Model   
 
Disaster Recovery Option      3951     1818      80C             
 for DCS3700
Back Up and Restore Option    3952     1818      80C             
 for DCS3700
Performance Read Cache        3953     1818      80C             
 for DCS3700
Super Key                     3970     1818      80C             
 for DCS3700
Performance Module Controller 3101     1818      80C             
 Upgrade
10 Gb iSCSI HIC               3131     1818      80C             
6 Gb SAS HIC                  3132     1818      80C             
600 GB 10,000rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5  3415     1818      80C,80E         
 HDD 10-pack
600 GB 10,000rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5  3416     1818      80C,80E         
 HDD single
900 GB 10,000rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5  3419     1818      80C,80E         
 HDD single
900 GB 10,000rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5  3420     1818      80C,80E         
 HDD 10-pack
Disaster Recovery Option      3954     1818      80C             
 for DCS3700 Plus
Back Up and Restore Option    3955     1818      80C             
 for DCS3700 Plus
Performance Read Cache        3956     1818      80C             
 for DCS3700 Plus
Super Key                     3971     1818      80C             
 for DCS3700 Plus
 
  
                                      Feature  Install
Description                           number   type*
 
Disaster Recovery Option              3951     Both
 for DCS3700
Back Up and Restore Option            3952     Both
 for DCS3700
Performance Read Cache                3953     Both
 for DCS3700
Super Key                             3970     Both
 for DCS3700
Performance Module Controller Upgrade 3101     Field
10 Gb iSCSI HIC                       3131     Both
6 Gb SAS HIC                          3132     Both
600 GB 10,000rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5          3415     Both
 HDD 10-pack
600 GB 10,000rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5          3416     Both
 HDD single
900 GB 10,000rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5          3419     Both
 HDD single
900 GB 10,000rpm 6Gb SAS 2.5          3420     Both
 HDD 10-pack
Disaster Recovery Option              3954     Both
 for DCS3700 Plus
Back Up and Restore Option            3955     Both
 for DCS3700 Plus
Performance Read Cache                3956     Both
 for DCS3700 Plus
Super Key                             3971     Both
 for DCS3700 Plus
 
 
* Install type:
  - "Plant" denotes plant installation only.
  - "Field" denotes field installation only.
  - "Both" denotes both plant and field installation.

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Prices in the following PDF prices link are suggested list prices on day of announcement for the U.S. only. They are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. IBM list price does not include tax or shipping and is subject to change without notice.

ENUS-112-223-LIST_PRICES_2012_11_27.PDF ENUS-112-223-LIST_PRICES_2012_11_27.PDF

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