IBM Promotes Easy SSD Tiering With DS8000 Deal
October 17, 2011 Timothy Prickett Morgan
Hierarchical storage management is not a new concept, but it sure does keep getting new names as the years roll by. IBM‘s high-end DS8800 disk arrays, announced a year ago, sport a hierarchical storage management feature called Easy Tier, which was used to move frequently used data from slower disks to faster ones in the array automatically to boost overall system throughput.
The DS8800, and other IBM systems and disk arrays as well, now sport solid state drives (SSDs) as well as disk drives, and IBM wants customers to take SSDs for a spin (er, well, not really I suppose) inside their DS8800s.
To that end, IBM has announced the DS8800 Easy Tier Consolidation Promotion, which as you will see in announcement letter 311-149, customers who have earlier generation DS8100, DS8300, or ESS 2105 arrays installed as of October 11 who buy an upgrade to a DS8800 arrays will get eight 300 GB SSDs as part of that upgrade.
To take part in the deal, you have to install Easy Tier on the DS8800 and you need to buy at least 55 TB of raw disk space plus 24 TB of nearline storage based on eight 3 TB disk drives spinning at 7.2K RPM and the eight SSD drives with 2.4 TB of very snappy and flashy capacity.
This deal runs through December 23 and is available in the United States and Canada.