IBM Gives Away Storwize V3700 Advanced Software Features
October 7, 2013 Timothy Prickett Morgan
If you are looking to install IBM‘s Storwize V3700 storage arrays, which are compatible with the IBM i -Power Systems platform and which are also the storage devices at the heart of the PureSystems modular systems, then IBM has a deal for you.
In announcement letter 313-094, IBM is putting out the System Storage V3700 Advanced Function offering, and this gives customers who buy a minimum hardware configuration some freebie software that runs on the arrays. Specifically, you have to buy a dual-controller version of the V3700 array and a minimum of a dozen disk drives or flash drives for it in various capacities. The disk drives come in a range of speeds (from 7.2K to 15K RPM) and sizes (from 146 GB to 1.2 TB SAS or 900 GB to 4 TB SATA); solid state disks are available in 200 GB and 400 GB capacities.
If you buy this hardware, then IBM will let you choose one of four different features, which have different values. You can pick the Turbo Performance feature of the V3700, which can boost I/O operations per second by 50 percent and disk array throughput by 100 percent; it costs $6,850. You can also choose the FlashCopy feature upgrade, which allows you to move from the standard 64 point-in-time targets to 2,040 targets; this normally costs $2,999. Or, you can choose the Fibre Channel Remote Mirroring feature, which allows for one V7000 to provide remote mirroring over metro distances; this costs $8,499. And finally, you can choose the Easy Tier feature, which makes sure that hot data in the V7000 array is parked on the SSDs, and this costs $3,999.
This deal was available starting September 26, and has no ending date.