IBM System Storage DR550 adds higher capacity and new reliability features, secure management options, and support for IPv6 on single node systems

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 108-463
July 15, 2008

 

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TOC link Overview TOC link Technical information
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Planned availability date TOC link Prices
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At a glance

The IBM System Storage DR550 is an industry-proven information retention solution. The IBM System Storage DR550 Models DR1 and DR2 are enhanced with higher capacity disk drives, secure management options, and support for Internet Protocol V6 (IPv6) on single node systems.

  • 1 TB disk drives allow you to add storage capacity to your DR550 systems in larger increments more cost-effectively.
  • The enhanced management security option provides an initial state that limits access to the extended configuration and management function provided by IBM Director until enabled.
  • IPv6 is now supported for DR550 Model DR1 systems and DR550 Model DR2 single node systems.

For ordering, contact:

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

The IBM System Storage™ DR550 is enhanced with higher capacity disk drives, secure management options, and support for IPv6 on single node systems.

  • 1 TB disk drive support replacing the previous 750 GB disk drives, allowing DR550 systems to support larger capacities without increasing their footprint.
  • Only specified IBM Director management servers can be set up to have access to configure the DR550. This prevents access by unauthorized IBM Director servers, limiting access to the extended configuration and management functions provided by IBM Director.
  • IPv6 support enables a single node DR550 to participate in IPv6 networks, allowing these networks to have a larger number of addresses to simplify their address schemes.

IBM System Storage DR550 is designed to provide a secure, scalable, and cost-effective information retention solution designed for medium and large enterprises. The DR550 supports archiving of a broad range of information including files, e-mail, digital images, databases, applications, instant messages, and other files. DR550 offers non-rewritable, non-erasable storage controls to help prevent deletion or alteration of data stored on the system.

For details of the System Storage DR550 solution, refer to Solution Announcement 708-001 , dated February 12, 2008.
 
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Key prerequisites

Orders for the IBM System Storage DR550 models must be configured using the eConfigurator (ECFGSSG) to support accurate and complete order entry.

The IBM System Storage DR550 comes preloaded with IBM System Storage Archive Manager software (5608-ARM). The license for this software must be ordered at the same time as the DR550. This software is licensed per terabyte of primary storage pool capacity. Primary disk storage pool size is combined with the amount of utilized primary removable media storage used by the IBM System Storage Archive Manager server.

For further information on the IBM System Storage Archive Manager, refer to

  • Software Announcement 205-210 , dated September 6, 2005
  • Software Announcement 207-010 , dated January 23, 2007

Orders for the DR550 model that include DR550 File System Gateway (feature number 4101) must also order the corequisite DR550 File System Gateway software (product 5639-DR1). This must be done on a one-for-one basis, where each unit of machine type 2233 feature number 4101 ordered requires one unit of product 5639-DR1 software ordered.

The eConfigurator allows for the IBM System Storage Archive Manager software and the DR550 File System Gateway software to be configured with the IBM System Storage DR550 (machine type 2233) via the Software Wizard.

All orders for DR550 are required to select a power cord using the appropriate 995x feature.
 
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Planned availability date

July 25, 2008
 
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Description

IBM System Storage DR550 is designed to help companies address regulatory and compliance requirements by supporting affordable, policy-based storage capability for medium and large enterprises.

IBM System Storage DR550 contains preinstalled features with customization capabilities to help provide additional data protection. The hardware is configured with preloaded software components to ease installation.

If you prefer the installation to be performed by IBM Business Partners or IBM Global Services, IBM Services are also available.

IBM System Storage DR550 software and hardware configuration

The DR550 offering consists of the following major software and hardware components:

Software

  • IBM System Storage Archive Manager
  • IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway software

Hardware — IBM System Storage DR550 Models DR1 and DR2

Details on the IBM System Storage DR550 solution can be found in Solution Announcement 708-001 , dated February 12, 2008.

Optional IBM Global Services offerings for DR550

IBM Global Services can assist clients in developing and implementing strategies for storing, retrieving, managing, sharing, and securing retention-managed content data on demand. These strategies help companies address critical issues such as financial and regulatory reporting and compliance.

Other optional services include:

  • IBM Implementation Services offering for IBM System Storage DR550
  • MES Services via an Equipment Modification Contract for Hardware
  • IBM offerings that include implementation services and onsite software and firmware upgrades (may require a special bid in some countries)
  • Three-year maintenance upgrades
  • Implementation Services for Mirroring via TotalStorage® DS4000™ Family Enhanced Remote Mirror Services

Warranty and maintenance

Warranty and maintenance services for IBM System Storage DR550 hardware can be upgraded to include same-day, 24x7, four-hour response for a term of three years. For additional information, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.

Preview

During the first half of 2009, IBM intends to provide support for RAID-6 disk configurations. This capability is planned to be made available to current DR550 customers via a microcode upgrade. This support is designed to improve the data protection characteristics of the DR550.

All statements regarding IBM's plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

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).

BP Attachment for Announcement Letter 108-463

Trademarks

 
System Storage and DS4000 are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
TotalStorage is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

 
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Publications

The following publications will be available for order. These publications will be available in English only. A CD-ROM (LCD8-0940) containing a softcopy (PDF format) of the product documentation is shipped with the hardware product.

Title                                                Order number
 
IBM System Storage(TM) DR550 Introduction and        GC53-1130
 Planning Guide
IBM System Storage DR550 User's Guide                GC53-1131
IBM System Storage DR550 Installation Roadmap        GC53-1132
IBM System Storage DR550 Problem Determination       GC53-1133
 and Service Guide

Additional copies are available. To order, contact your IBM representative. These publications are also available at the following Web site

The IBM Publications Center Portal

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided, as well as payment options via credit card. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, which can currently be downloaded free of charge.
 
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Services

Global Technology Services

IBM services include business consulting, outsourcing, hosting services, applications, and other technology management.

These services help you learn about, plan, install, manage, or optimize your IT infrastructure to be an On Demand Business. They can help you integrate your high-speed networks, storage systems, application servers, wireless protocols, and an array of platforms, middleware, and communications software for IBM and many non-IBM offerings. IBM is your one-stop shop for IT support needs.

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or visit

For details on available IBM Business Continuity and Recovery Services, contact your IBM representative or visit

For details on education offerings related to specific products, visit

Select your country, and then select the product as the category.
 
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Technical information

Physical specifications

Dimension and weight for 2233-DR1, 2233-DR2, and 2233-DR2 Expansion rack (feature #2202)

                                                          Weight
Product         Width         Depth         Height        maximum
 
2233-DR1        610 mm        1003 mm       1245 mm        375 kg
                24 inches     39.5 inches   49 inches      825 lb
 
2233-DR2        648 mm        1105 mm       1765 mm        632 kg
                25.5 inches   43.5 inches   69.5 inches   1390 lb
 
2233-DR2        622 mm        1105 mm       1765 mm        673 kg
Expansion       24.5 inches   43.5 inches   69.5 inches   1480 lb
rack
(feature #2202)

Note: The 2233 DR2 Expansion rack (feature #2202) ships without side covers. When the 2233 DR2 and 2233 DR2 expansion rack are bolted together, a side cover from the 2233 DR2 is removed and used on one side on the 2233 DR2 expansion rack.

Operating environment

Environmental specifications for 2233-DR1, 2233-DR2, and 2233-DR2 Expansion rack (feature #2202)

Conditions    Temperature   Altitude range --  Humidity      Maximum dew
              range -- oC   Meter              range -- %RH  point -- oC
 
Operating     16.0 oC to    0 -- 2150          20% to  80%    23.0 oC
              32.0 oC
 
Nonoperating  10.0 oC to    0 -- 2150           8% to  80%    27.0 oC
              43.0 oC
 
Storage       1.0 oC to                         5% to  80%    29.0 oC
              60.0 oC
 
Shipping      -40.0 oC to                       5% to 100%    29.0 oC
              60.0 oC

Power ratings per line cord for 2233-DR1, 2233-DR2, and 2233-DR2 Expansion rack (feature #2202)

                                          Inrush
                                 Current  current  Power
Product   Voltage AC  Frequency  (Amps)   (A)      (Watts)  KVA   KBtu/hr
 
2233-DR1  200-240Vac  50-60 Hz     15      200     3000     3000  10.2
 
2233-DR2  200-240Vac  50-60 Hz     20      250     4000     4000  13.7
 
2233-DR2  200-240Vac  50-60 Hz     20      250     4000     4000  13.7
Expansion
rack
(feature
#2202)

Leakage current per line cord for 2233-DR1, 2233-DR2, and 2233-DR2 Expansion rack (feature #2202)

Product                                      Leakage Current
 
2233-DR1                                     11.0 mA
2233-DR2                                      9.4 mA
2233-DR2 Expansion rack (feature #2202)       8.1 mA

Acoustic levels for 2233-DR1, 2233-DR2, and 2233-DR2 Expansion rack (feature #2202)

Product                                      Noise level
 
2233-DR1                                     7.0 B (operating)
2233-DR2                                     7.1 B (operating)
2233-DR2 Expansion rack (feature #2202)      7.5 B (operating)

Hardware requirements

Management Interface Server

The supported management interface software for DR550 is the IBM Director V5.20.2.

Note: Although IBM Director server supports AIX® and AIX platforms, one of the extensions required to support DR550 File System Gateway (FSG) does not. If FSG is not part of the solution, AIX and AIX platforms may be utilized for the management interface. Table 1 reflects the platform supported.

The following tables show the hardware requirements. These are the recommended minimums to obtain reasonable performance of the IBM Director server.

The console component is automatically installed when the server is installed, however, the console can be installed separately on personal workstations to provide remote access to the management software. The console requirements match the server requirements with the exception of requiring approximately 200 MB less disk space.

To successfully install IBM Director on your server, components must meet certain minimum hardware requirements, depending on the components to be installed and the type of system on which they will be installed. To support production requirements, consider the following suggestions:

  • Confirm that your server can accommodate the hardware requirements, keeping in mind that the microprocessor speed, memory, and disk-space minimum requirements are additional to the resources necessary for the software already installed on the system.
  • Conduct a performance analysis to confirm that the system has sufficient capacity to handle the additional requirements of functioning as a management server or a management console.

Table 1 — Management interface server hardware requirements

                                   Linux(TM) on
Requirements    x86 compatible     POWER(TM)         System z(TM) servers
 
Micro-pro       Pentium(R)         POWER4(TM) or     All are sufficient
 cessor          1.5 GHz            POWER5(TM)        for IBM Director.
 speed                              1.5 GHz
 
 
Memory          512 MB             512 MB            512 MB
(RAM)            (minimum)          (minimum)
                1024 MB            1024 MB
                 (recommended)      (recommended)
 
Disk Space      325 MB             425 MB            215 MB
 
Display         At least 256       At least 256      Not applicable
                 colors             colors

Table 2 — Management interface hardware requirements for System i™

Requirements                      System i products
 
Relative system performance       150 CPW
Storage pool size                 500 MB
Disk space                        500 MB

Management Interface operating system requirements

IBM Director 5.20 provides support for many operating systems. However, support varies depending on the selected hardware and IBM Director component. IBM Director Server supports these versions of Windows®, Linux and AIX operating systems:

  • Windows 32-bit systems — Windows Server 2003, Enterprise, Standard, and Web Editions (supports Service Pack 1 and Release 2)
  • Windows 64-bit systems — Windows Server 2003, Enterprise, Standard, and Web x64 Editions (supports Release 2 and earlier)
  • Linux for 32-bit systems
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS and ES, version 3.0 (supports Update 8 and earlier) — For systems that contain an AMD Opteron or Athlon64 processor, Update 5, or later is required.
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS and ES, version 4.0 (supports Update 4 and earlier)
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 for x86 (supports Service Pack 3 and earlier)
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 for x86
    • VMware ESX Server, versions 2.5, 2.5.1, 2.5.2, 2.5.3, 2.5.4, 3.0, and 3.0.1, guest operating systems

      Note: Supported guest operating systems are those that are supported by both IBM Director and the specified version of VMware. Refer to the VMware product documentation for a list of supported operating systems.

  • Linux for 64-bit systems
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS and ES, version 4.0, for AMD64 and EM64T (supports Update 4 and earlier)
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 for AMD64 and EM64T (supports Service Pack 3 and earlier)
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 for AMD64 and EM64T
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 with Xen Kernel
  • Other operating systems supported by System x™ servers
    • AIX 5L™, Version 5.3 (supports ML03 or later) — may not be allowed due to extension limitation referenced above.
    • i5/OS™, Version 5 Release 3
    • i5/OS, Version 5 Release 4
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS, versions 4.3 and 4.4, for IBM POWER
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 for IBM POWER (Service Pack 3 required)
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 for IBM POWER
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS, version 4.0, for IBM System z (supports Update 4 and earlier)
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 for IBM System z (supports Service Pack 3 and earlier)
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 for IBM System z

For more information, see the IBM Director 5.20 information center on the Web.

Limitations and performance considerations

IBM Director can manage up to 5000 systems with one management server. Multiple DR550s can be managed with a single Management Interface server as well as other servers, storage and switches that are supported natively by IBM Director.

The number of systems that IBM Director can manage efficiently depends on the existing network load and the functions that you want to perform. System discovery, frequent presence checks, and alert usage can increase network traffic. Precise performance information must be ascertained in each individual environment.

IBM Director Server and IBM Director Console can be installed on non-IBM hardware as long as the system meets the hardware requirements for running that component.

Remote Support Manager (RMS)

This section provides the list of supported servers, modem and operating systems listed in the RSM for Storage Planning, Installation and User's Guide . Refer to that document for additional planning considerations.

Hardware requirements

The RSM for Storage application has the following hardware prerequisites.

Server

The RSM for Storage software is designed to run on a System x (xSeries®) server, and most System x servers can be used. If you choose to use a server that has not been specifically tested with the RSM software, the setup and configuration of the server's BIOS, and installation of the Linux operating system may be different than what is included in the documentation for the RSM software and you will need to contact IBM System x support for questions related to these other servers. IBM internal databases that support for RSM for Storage use the IBM machine type and serial numbers of the servers, and therefore a System x server must be used. The following servers have been tested with the RSM for Storage software, and installation instructions are available for configuring and using them with RSM for Storage software.

  • IBM 4364 x3250
  • IBM 8849 x306m

Installing on other IBM servers

You may use other IBM System x servers that meet the requirements listed below. To use servers other than those specifically tested with RSM for Storage, you will need to refer to the System x server support Web site for technical information about BIOS configuration and device drivers that may be required to install the Linux operating system or configure the server's internal RAID capability.

Server requirements include:

  • 512 MB of memory
  • 80 GB HDD
  • Serial port

The serial port must be on the server system board. Some servers have a build-in Remote Supervisor Adapter (RSA) that also includes a serial port. The serial port on the RSA can not be accessed by the RSM for Storage software.

  • Ethernet port
  • Processor speed has not been found to be critical

Also note that the operating system installation instructions in the RSM documentation will not have been tested with other servers and there may be some slight differences. The click by click instructions in the RSM for Storage Planning, Installation and User's Guide may not apply and should therefore be viewed as a guide.

Modems

The RSM for Storage application is designed to work with an external modem attached to the first serial port. The functional requirements for the modem are minimal and most "Hayes-compatible" external modems can be used. The modem should have a minimum speed of 56K bps supporting either V.90 or V.92, and support the following "AT" commands:

  • ATH0 — Hangup
  • o Z — Reset to default settings
  • & W — Save as default
  • S0=0 — Do not answer
  • D — Dial
  • & F — Load factory default
  • I3 — Report software version
  • I4 — Report product information
  • V1 — Report results in word form
  • X3 — Report all results, but disable dial tone detection
  • X4 — Report all results with dial tone detection

Modem requirements for RSM for Storage are minimal and any V.92 56K modem supporting the common AT® command set should work. The RSM for Storage software has been tested with the following modems:

  • Multitech MultiModem ZBA MT5634ZBA
  • Multitech MultiModem II MT5600BA
  • U.S. Robotics CourierTM 56K Business Modem USR3453B

Linux operating systems

Once installed, the RSM for Storage software turns the server into a single purpose appliance. Because the RSM for Storage installation modifies configuration files and interacts with several other processes, the software must be installed and run in a known environment. The RSM for Storage application is has been tested with and is supported on:

  • Novell SUSE SLES 10
  • Novell SUSE SLES 9 (Service Pack 3)
  • Red Hat RHEL 4 AS (Update 4)

Software requirements

SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 running in 32-bit mode is required when ordering IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway (2229-FSG) and IBM System Storage DR550 File System Gateway Software (5639-DR1).

Planning information

Customer responsibilities: The 2233 DR550 is designated as customer setup. Customer setup, operation, and service publications are available.

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 Web site 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: It is the customer's responsibility to provide the appropriate type, and length, of external cable which needs to be connected between the customer's host or network and the 2233.

The customer must provide cables to connect the Management Interface Server to the same customer network on which the 2233 is connected. Additionally, the customer must provide the cables to connect the RSM server to the customer network and the internal network of the 2233.

Security, auditability, and control

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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Terms and conditions

MES discount applicable: Equal to the volume commitment discount

Field installable feature: Yes

Warranty period: One year

This feature or features assume the same warranty or maintenance terms as the machine in which it is installed for the full warranty or maintenance period announced for such machine.

Customer setup: Yes

Machine code: Same license terms and conditions as base machine
 
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Prices

The prices provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

                              Machine  Model   Feature Purchase
Description                   type     Number  number  price
 
System Storage DR550          2233     DR1
 
Half Pop Disk Contr 1 TB               DR1     5937    $40,203
Fully Pop Disk Contr 1 TB              DR1     5938     54,948
Half Pop Disk Exp 1 TB                 DR1     5947     21,902
Fully Pop Disk Exp 1 TB                DR1     5948     36,647
 
Eight 1 TB Disk Drives                 DR1     7115     14,746
 
Setup external disk RAID 5             DR1     9402          0
 
System Storage DR550          2233     DR2
 
Half Pop Disk Contr 1 TB               DR2     5937    $40,203
Fully Pop Disk Contr 1 TB              DR2     5938     54,948
Half Pop Disk Exp 1 TB                 DR2     5947     21,902
Fully Pop Disk Exp 1 TB                DR2     5948     36,647
 
Eight 1 TB Disk Drives                 DR2     7115     14,746
 
Setup external disk RAID 5             DR2     9402          0
 
 
                Plant/field      MES
Feature         install          Removal       CSU
 
5937            Both             No            Yes
5938            Both             No            Yes
5947            Both             No            Yes
5948            Both             No            Yes
7115            Field            No            Yes
9402            Both             Yes           Yes

 
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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
System Storage, POWER, System z, POWER4, POWER5, System i, System x, AIX 5L, and i5/OS are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
AIX, xSeries, and AT are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Pentium is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation.
 
Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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