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IBM Introduces IBM System Storage N5000

Originally published November 10, 2005

IBM has introduced the IBM System Storage N5000, a new series of networked storage systems designed to help midrange customers reduce their total cost of ownership, particularly enterprises operating distributed networks across remote sites.

The N5000 series provides network attached storage solutions for small to midrange enterprises to help address a wide range of data storage needs, including high performance mission-critical data access, disk-to-disk backup, and data retention and archive scenarios using non-erasable and non-rewritable (WORM) technology.

The IBM System Storage N5200 and IBM System Storage N5500 support a combination of up to 30 advanced software features ranging from system management and storage management to disaster recovery and backup solutions.

The N5000 series is said to be suited for small data centers and remote regional offices. For distributed enterprises with remote and branch office sites, the solution is said to help improve business continuity and reliability. Advanced software features provide additional high availability features offering centralized disk-to-disk based backup and disaster recovery solutions for organizations requiring the need to implement cost-effective data protection environments.

IBM said the N5000 systems could help increase data availability, simplify backup and restore operations by implementing centralized backup through a single methodology, helping to reduce tape management requirements and the need for remote systems administration. It also supports sites with computer and data-intensive enterprise applications such as database, data warehousing, workgroup collaboration and messaging.

The N5000 series is designed to provide customers with access to their storage investments through all major storage access protocols including NAS, iSCSI for IP SAN and FCP protocol for Fiber Channel SAN environments. Support for NAS, IP SAN and FC SAN environments operate concurrently or separately based on the customer's needs.

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