IBM DS3500 Express

By Steve Wexler  |  Print this article Print

Looking at some of the new IT storage options that have a price tag designed for small business and midsized business? We’ve rounded up some of the top new offerings in the space from vendors including Cisco, Dell, Dot Hill, EMC, IBM, Netgear and Tandberg.

IBM DS3500 Express

Just behind EMC on the disk parade hit list, IBM is better known for its enterprise expertise, but is tackling the SMB market with its channel-friendly Express line, including the DS3500 Express, which doubles the capacity and performance of any previous storage product in the DS3000 family and offers multi-protocol support.

Available in two models, 1746-C2A and 1746-C4A, with MSRP starting under $9,000, the specifications include:

  • Dual Active, hot-swappable RAID controllers
  • 1 GB cache per controller with 2 GB upgrade (battery-backed)
  • Three host interface options -- four or eight 6 Gbps SAS ports, eight 8 Gbps FC ports and four 6 Gbps SAS ports, or eight 1 Gbps iSCSI ports and four 6 Gbps SAS ports
  • Two 6 Gb SAS drive ports
  • Up to 48 standard and 96 drive premium feature upgrade—high performance SAS drives, Nearline SAS drives, and FDE SAS drives supported; and SAN support.