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IBM Turns to LSI for SAS

In a move that shows the full-scale arrival of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) storage, IBM is revamping its low-end storage platform, starting with two systems OEM'd through its partner LSI Logic. (See IBM Unveils SAS Systems.)

IBM today said it will begin shipping the DS3200 and DS3400 entry-level SAS systems at the end of the month as the first members of its new DS3000 family. Both are based on LSI products.

The DS3200 is a rebranded version of LSI Engenio's 1333 system announced in December with SAS connectivity to the host and storage. (See Sandvine: Xbox, iTunes Grow .) The IBM DS3400 is the LSI Engenio 1932 system, also announced by LSI today, with 4-Gbit/s Fibre Channel connectivity to the host and SAS on the back end to the storage. (See LSI Rolls Out New SAS System.)

The systems support single- or dual-controller configurations supporting 12 SAS drives for 3.6 Tbytes, and customers can add up to three 12-drive expansion enclosures. Pricing starts at $4,495 for the DS3200 and $6,495 for the DS3400. IBM is targeting them at SMBs and departments of larger organizations.

The systems replace IBM's DS300 iSCSI and DS400 Fibre Channel systems, which IBM sold through an OEM deal with Adaptec that was plagued with production problems. (See IBM Launches iSCSI SAN.) The SAS systems also extend IBM's relationship with LSI, which supplies IBM's DS4000 midrange SAN systems.

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