IBM 2233 IBM System Storage DR550 adds RAID 6

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 108-814
October 28, 2008

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The IBM® System Storage™ DR550 is an industry-proven information retention solution. The IBM System Storage DR550 Models DR1 and DR2 have been 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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The IBM System Storage DR550 has been enhanced by a new capability, RAID 6 support.

  • The default storage configuration has been changed from "RAID 5 with RAID 6 spares set-aside" to "RAID 6." There are no new feature codes released and RAID 5 will continue to be offered as feature number 9402.
  • This new RAID 6 capability is designed to make DR550 more reliable and safe as a data storage appliance. RAID 6 tolerates two simultaneous HDD failures by storing two sets of distributed parities.

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Orders for the IBM System Storage DR550 models must be configured using the eConfigurator 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 06, 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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October 28, 2008

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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.

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

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

Identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

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Reference: YE001

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

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