IBM N6060, N6070, N6040, System Storage N6060 User Manual

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Expanding the possibilities for your business with a storage system

IBM System Storage N6000 series


Meet diverse and changing needs. Consolidate diverse data sets onto a unified storage platform that provides simulta­ neous block and file services for business and technical applications.

Perform when your applications need it most. Outstanding filebased and transaction-based performance with high band­ width, 64-bit architecture, and the latest I/O technologies.

Respond to growth. Thin provi­ sioning helps you eliminate stranded storage. Preserve investments in staff expertise and capital equipment with data-in-place upgrades to more powerful N series systems while running the same OS and using the same management tools.

Maximize your resources. Highly efficient storage utiliza­ tion makes it possible for you to dramatically reduce your consumption of raw storage, power, cooling, and space.

Improve your business effi­ ciency. Clients with different storage subsystems in their SAN environments can now take advantage of the N6000 series Gateway capabilities to help improve business effi­ ciency and reduce data management complexity.

Today’s business environment demands innovation and increasingly flawless execution. You are asked to manage and protect valuable data to enable business growth and success. Change can be continuous and your IT opera­ tions have to evolve while adhering to hard limits on budget, staffing, and infrastructure. Virtualized computing, the latest wave of change, is quickly becoming the norm. It calls for net­ worked storage systems that you can use to consolidate diverse data sets and unlock the full potential of virtual­ ized servers.

Now you can simultaneously meet your diverse needs—SAN and NAS, primary and secondary storage—and provide high levels of application availability for your critical business operations to technical applications. With IBM N6000 series systems, you get outstanding value: our flexible systems offer excel­ lent performance and impressive scala­ bility at a low total cost of ownership.

IBM N series systems enable easy pro­ visioning, managing, and upgrading so you can quickly adapt your storage infrastructure to meet your changing business and technical needs. To help you maximize staff productivity, all

IBM N series systems use the Data ONTAP® operating system and the same suite of application-aware man­ agement software.

Versatility for your diverse business needs

The IBM N6000 series systems offer a versatile storage platform for handling the large amounts of diverse data mov­ ing through your business. With an N6000 series system, you can consoli­ date these varied data sets onto a unified storage platform supporting simultaneous block and file services for business and technical applications.

With IBM N6000 series, you can unlock the full potential of your growing virtual­ ized server environment by enabling vir­ tual machine mobility and offloading the work of data protection. The N6000 systems enable you to connect your heterogeneous server environment (including Windows®, UNIX®, and Linux® servers) and clients to one stor­ age system by using standard storage protocols and interfaces.

Increase data and application availability

IBM N6000 series systems can help you spend less time on backup and recovery, so you can focus your energy and creativity on growing your busi­ ness. Our full range of enterprise-class, high-availability, and disaster-recovery products provide affordable software for data protection to help safeguard your business-critical application’s data.

IBM N series Snapshot™ technology helps reduce backup times to minutes; SnapRestore® software enables recovery of point-in-time data, also in minutes.

IBM N series SnapManager® software quickly returns applications to the same point in time as recovered data. All of this built on the solid foundation of our low-overhead, dual-parity RAID-DP™— the IBM N series implementation of high-performance RAID 6 for better data protection and capacity utilization than RAID 5 and RAID 1+0.

Performance when your applications and

users need it

The IBM N6000 series offers compelling performance across a wide range of application workloads—file services, OLTP, and messaging and collabora­ tion, to name just a few. The highbandwidth, 64-bit controller architecture with large memory cache and the latest I/O technologies help provide data at

the rates you need to keep your demanding business and technical applications running smoothly. Your critical applications can take priority under peak load conditions with our FlexShare™ quality of service software. The Performance Acceleration Module gives you a new way to optimize the performance of your storage system— an intelligent read cache that improves throughput and reduces latency for file services and other random read inten­ sive workloads.

Features such as these can help you meet demanding service levels and achieve a faster time to market for your critical new products and services.

Respond to your data growth challenges

In today’s business environment, it seems the data your systems collect grows relentlessly, regardless of your company’s size. With versatile IBM N6000 series systems, you can combine high-performance Fibre

Channel and large-capacity SATA disk drives in storage tiers for optimal per­ formance and cost. And on the same system, you can seamlessly consolidate block and file storage. IBM N series makes this possible by providing native support of the FCP, iSCSI, NFS and CIFS storage protocols through both Fibre Channel and Ethernet interfaces.

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