IBM System Storage DR550 adds higher capacity and new reliability features, secure management options, and support for IPv6 on single node systemsIBM United States Hardware Announcement 108-463
July 15, 2008
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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.
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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.
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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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:
- 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.
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
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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).
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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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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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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.
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)
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.
The RSM for Storage application has the following hardware prerequisites.
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.
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)
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).
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
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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
Same license terms and conditions as base machine
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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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