IBM System Storage DCS9550 Storage System offers new firmware enhancement and Sleep Mode option

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 108-496
July 15, 2008

 

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TOC link Planned availability date TOC link Prices
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At a glance

The IBM Storage System DCS9550 offers DirectOS 4.0 no-charge firmware upgrade and DCS9550 Sleep Mode option.

Sleep Mode feature (#4100)

  • DCS9550 Sleep Mode option enables Massive Array of Idle Disks (MAID) capability. This feature is designed to put "idle" tiers of SATA disk drives into standby mode to reduce power consumption and save energy.

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Overview

The IBM System Storage™ DCS9550 offerings for Deep Computing systems, IBM System p™ High Performance Computing (HPC) systems, and IBM System x™ e1350 Linux™ Cluster systems are expanded to include enhancements to the base functionality of the DCS9550 Model CP1 controller.

Firmware upgrade for the DCS9550 Model CP1 controller

DirectOS 4.0 is a new firmware upgrade that is now available for the DCS9550 Storage System. This firmware version is also a prerequisite for the DCS9550 Sleep Mode feature.

DCS9550 Sleep Mode feature (#4100)

The DCS9550 Sleep Mode option is designed to put "idle" tiers of SATA drives into standby mode. In standby mode, the mechanical head assembly is parked within the disk drive, and the spindle is stopped, saving energy and helping to reduce power consumption within the data center.

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Key prerequisites

The DCS9550 Sleep Mode feature (#4100) is available for DCS9550 Storage Systems that have been upgraded with DirectOS 4.0 firmware. The Sleep Mode feature is only applicable to the SATA disk drive tiers configured in the DCS9550 2S1 Storage Expansion Unit (1269-2S1) and DCS9550 2S2 Storage Expansion Unit (1269-2S2).

Mandatory RPQ 8S0870 required: All orders for the DCS9550 Storage System must first be approved. Approval is accomplished by ordering I-listed RPQ 8S0870. Ask your IBM representative how to order the I-listed RPQ.
 
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Planned availability date

July 25, 2008
 
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Description

DCS9550 no-charge firmware upgrade

DirectOS 4.0 is a no-charge firmware upgrade for the DCS9550 Storage System and is a prerequisite for the Sleep Mode feature.

DCS9550 Sleep Mode feature (#4100)

After a DCS9550 is upgraded with DirectOS 4.0 firmware, customers may optionally purchase the DCS9550 Sleep Mode option, which enables Massive Array of Idle Disks (MAID) capability. The DCS9550 Sleep Mode option is designed to put "idle" tiers of SATA drives into standby mode. In standby mode, the mechanical head assembly is parked within the disk drive, and the spindle is stopped, thus saving energy and helping to reduce power consumption within the datacenter.

When the DCS9550 Sleep Mode is enabled for an idle tier of disk drives and the idle tier is in the standby mode, the drive logic continues to listen for new commands. When disk access commands are received by the drive logic, the idle tier of drives will be returned to active mode.

The Sleep Mode feature is designed to operate on a per tier basis, so that a tier of 10 drives will either be active (spinning) or in the standby mode. In contrast to competing systems offering MAID capability that do not have all drives operational at the same time, the DCS9550 system maintains full performance capabilities, and is designed for use as both primary and secondary near-line storage.

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Publications

Hardcopy publications and support documentation on CD-ROM are included with the orderable configurations.
 
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Technical information

Limitations: All orders for the DCS9550 Storage System must first be approved. Approval is accomplished by ordering mandatory I-listed RPQ 8S0870. See your IBM representative on how to order the I-listed RPQ.

The DirectOS 4.0 firmware upgrade is a prerequisite for the installation of the Sleep Mode feature (#4100).

Sleep Mode feature (#4100) is only applicable to the SATA disk drive tiers configured in the DCS9550 2S1 Storage Expansion Unit (1269-2S1) and DCS9550 2S2 Storage Expansion Unit (1269-2S2).

Planning 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 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: No cables required

Security, auditability, and control

This product uses the security and auditability features of the host 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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Terms and conditions

MES discount applicable: Equal to the volume commitment discount

Field installable feature: Yes

Warranty period: One year

This feature assumes 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: No

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.

 
                                  Feature  Machine          Purchase
Description                       number   type     Model   Price
 
DCS9550 Sleep Mode                4100     1269     CP1     $33,600
option
 
 
                                              Field    Plant
                                 Mach         Install  Install  Cables
Description             Feature  Type  Model  only     only     required
 
DCS9550 Sleep Mode       4100    1269  CP1      N        N        N
option

 
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Order now

To order, contact the Americas Call Centers or your local IBM representative.

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