Adds entry-level model to its Storwize storage array family.
IBM Announces Entry-Level Storwize V3700 Storage ArrayIBM recently announced a new entry-level model to its Storwize storage array family.
The new V3700 is positioned below the V7000, which was launched in 2010, and runs on the same binary code as the more expensive models. Aimed at mid-sized businesses, the V3700 is available in a 2U24 / 2U12 enclosure.
The array supports up to 60 LFF drives and up to 120 SFF drives, while the V7000 scales up to 120 LFF and 240 SFF drives. IBM carried over much of the features of the high-end V7000 system, including an internal battery in the system that allows for cache saving in the event of power failure, tools for data migration and thin provisioning, as well as a web-based GUI.
The key differences between the V3700 and the V7000 is the lack of support for longterm virtualization of external storage, real-time compression as well as clustering of multiple systems.
IBM is offering the V3700 now starting at $11,000.
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