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IBM Unveils New Sleek, Midrange Storage

Looking to grab some momentum and market share from rivals EMC and Hewlett-Packard, IBM took the wraps off a new, midrange storage offering that--in a 3U form factor--could scale up to 67 terabytes.

The Armonk, N.Y.-based computer giant said the new device, the DS6000, would weigh in at about $100,000 for an entry-level offering but take only one-twentieth of the space of competing storage products from EMC.

"It takes up 4 percent of the space, and it weighs about one-tenth of [what] the box it is going to replace weighs," said Dan Colby, general manager of storage systems for IBM's Systems and Technology group.

"What's important to customers here is it's [got] a common management system regardless of what type storage you have," Colby said. The server, and a larger, higher-end DS8000 storage system that is capable of scaling to 96 petabytes, would target customers needs in the areas of infrastructure simplification, business continuity or information lifecycle management, he said.

The DS6000 and DS8000 storage offerings is expected to be available on Dec. 3 and ramp up to full volumes by early 2005, IBM executives said.

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