IBM System Storage & TotalStorage EXP3512

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IBM System Storage
EXP3500 Express
Low-cost, high-performance 6 Gbps SAS
expansion units
Highlights
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Provide a highly available storage
system by supporting attachment to the
IBM DS3500 Express storage system
Support high bandwidth and random
I/O applications with 6 Gbps x4-wide
SAS ports
Support up to 36 TB of SAS disk storage
in a single enclosure and up to 576 TB
when fully expanded up to 192 drives
Provide high-performance SAS, capacityoptimized SAS hard disk drives, selfencrypting drives (SEDs) and solid-state
drives (SSDs) with intermixed support
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Help support continuous access to data
for data availability 24×7 with redundant
components
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Enhance data integrity with support of
T10-PI protocol
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The IBM® System Storage® EXP3500 Express consists of two
models—EXP3512 and EXP3524 expansion units—designed to affordably meet the demanding data requirements of today and tomorrow by
building on more than 30 years of design expertise. The IBM legacy in
enterprise storage systems, with 6 Gbps SAS drive technology, enables
the System Storage EXP3500 expansion units to deliver best-of-breed
technology, reliability and performance. EXP3500 expansion units are
2U cabinet-mountable 6 Gbps drive enclosures that are designed to
support either a total of twelve 3.5-inch SAS drives (EXP3512) or
twenty-four 2.5-inch SAS drives (EXP3524) for optimal flexibility and
efficiency. EXP3500 expansion units can be a key component of a
high-performance storage solution. With each external SAS port on
the environmental service module (ESM) supporting a 6 Gbps x4-wide
connection, EXP3500 can achieve excellent throughput to the host.
With global commerce and 24×7 information available on demand,
businesses require continuous access to information in order to be
productive, competitive and able to ensure customer satisfaction.
EXP3500 expansion units offer the assurance of high availability with
redundant power supplies and ESMs, which help ensure that contact
with the drives continues even in the rare instance of a component
failure. With hot-swappable components, you can remove and replace
ESMs, power supplies and drives with minimal or no downtime.
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The struggle to manage escalating data volumes will not stop,
even in a slow-growth economy. EXP3500 expansion units,
with 6 Gbps SAS back-end technology, provide organizations
with a seamless path to external storage—improving performance and scalability while lowering power consumption,
all within a small footprint.
Gaining functionality comparable to Fibre Channel technology,
6 Gbps SAS builds on the solid foundation of 3 Gbps SAS while
offering increased performance. It also offers reliability enhancements to support ever-increasing reliance on information while
helping maintain the low price point to which organizations
are accustomed. 2U cabinet-mountable 6 Gbps SAS EXP3500
expansion units are designed to support a range of SAS drives,
from performance- to capacity-optimized drives, within a single
expansion unit to meet a range of workload and application
requirements.
assigned to the appropriate drive technology, allowing
organizations to transparently tier storage without the high
cost typically associated with this approach.
Offered in two models, EXP3512 and EXP3524, these expansion units can be intermixed behind a single DS3500 with
support for up to 192 total drives. Both of the expansion units
offer their own unique value depending on your environment.
The EXP3524 expansion unit, which supports a total of
twenty-four 2.5-inch high-performance SAS drives, nearline
SAS drives, SEDs or SSDs, is ideal for input/output per second
(IOPS) intensive applications and for energy efficiency
requirements with the highest IOPS per watt and 134 percent
improvement in IOPS per U compared to EXP3000 expansion
units. EXP3524 can enable more drives per rack space and
ultra-low power consumption. Utilizing 50 percent less power
than larger drives, EXP3524 can accommodate twice as many
drives in the same 2U of rack space.
The EXP3512 expansion unit, with support for up to twelve
3.5-inch high-performance SAS, nearline SAS drives or SEDs,
can offer the highest flexibility with support for a full range of
requirements—high capacity (up to 36 TB) and low cost to
high-performance critical applications. A single EXP3512
expansion unit can help ensure that workload demands are
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EXP3500 expansion units provide the scalability support to
help meet relentless data growth while providing the f lexibility
to meet a wide range of workload requirements. When data
capacity demands call for it, EXP3512 and EXP3524 can
cost-effectively support a “start small, grow big” strategy by
connecting additional EXP3512 or EXP3524 expansion
units—up to 192 drives when expanded behind the DS3500
storage system. This can provide investment protection with
the assurance that DS3500 and EXP3500 expansion units can
grow as your organization grows.
Data-on-demand is no longer an optional capability—it is what
businesses require today. Constant access to data on EXP3500
expansion units is achieved with support of redundant power
supplies and optional second ESMs to help ensure that contact
with the drives continues even in the rare instance of an individual component failure. Four fans provide routine cooling,
but only three are required to meet the operating specifications,
providing an “N+1” strategy for dealing with a fan failure. With
hot-swappable ESMs, drives and power supplies, components
of EXP3512 and EXP3524 can be removed and replaced with
minimal or no downtime.
Low power consumption, effective hardware utilization and
cost were at the forefront when developing the EXP3500
expansion units. EXP3500 power supplies were designed to
meet multiple power efficiency standards, such as the 80 PLUS
certified power supply efficiency standard, enabling EXP3500
to reduce annual energy expenditures throughout the life of the
enclosure.
Both of the EXP3500 expansion units can be a component of a
high-performance storage solution with IBM System Storage
DS3500. With each external SAS port on the ESM supporting
a 6 Gbps x4-wide connection, these expansion units can achieve
excellent throughput to the host. This can allow EXP3500
expansion units to effectively support data-intensive applications
as part of an overall storage implementation.
Why IBM?
The struggle to manage escalating data capacities, performance
and service level agreements is expected not only to continue,
but to increase. EXP3512 and EXP3524 expansion units, with
6 Gbps SAS drive technology, can provide organizations with a
seamless path to external storage—improving performance,
storage efficiencies and total cost of ownership.
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IBM System Storage EXP3500 Express at a glance
Part number
1746A2E – EXP3512 Express
1746A4E – EXP3524 Express
Drive interface
6 Gbps SAS
Supported drives
6 Gbps SAS 3.5-inch drives:
300 GB, 450 GB and 600 GB 15k rpm
2 TB and 3 TB 7.2k rpm nearline
6 Gbps SAS 2.5-inch drives:
146 GB 15k rpm
300 GB 10k rpm
300 GB 15k rpm
600 GB 10k rpm
900 GB 10k rpm
1 TB 7.2k rpm nearline
300 GB 10k rpm SED
Solid-state SAS 2.5-inch drives*:
200 GB and 400 GB SSD
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Maximum drives supported
EXP3512: twelve 3.5-inch drives; EXP3524: twenty-four 2.5-inch drives. Scalability up to 192 drives
(optional mix of expansion enclosures)
Fans and power supplies
Dual
Rack support
Included standard
Warranty
Three-year limited warranty, CRU and onsite service, next business day 9×5, service upgrades available
Size
2U rack-optimized
Environment
Relative humidity – Operating range 20% – 80%
Operating altitude – 30.5 m (100 ft) below sea level to 3,000 m (9,840 ft) above sea level
Heat output
EXP3512 – 945 BTU/hr.; EXP3524 – 821 BTU/hr.
Energy consumption
efficiency*
80 PLUS efficiency standard
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IBM System Storage EXP3500 Express features & benefits
Feature
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SAS expansion enclosures
Benefits
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Scalable up to 192 drives
with a mix of EXP3512 and
EXP3524 enclosures
Support for highperformance SAS,
capacity-optimized SAS
drives, SEDs and SSDs
Redundant and hotswappable ESMs, power
supplies and drives
Power supplies designed
to meet multiple power
efficiency standards
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Affordable entry point with midrange performance and reliability
6 Gbps x4 wide SAS ports support high bandwidth and random I/O applications
Ability to start small and grow the configuration as storage demands change
A choice of EXP3512 and EXP3524 allows for flexibility to choose the optimal enclosure based on organizational
requirement
– EXP3512 can offer the highest flexibility with support for a full range of requirements—high capacity and
low cost to high-performance critical applications
– EXP3524 is ideal for IOPS-intensive applications and energy efficiency requirements with the highest
IOPS/watt and 134 percent improvement in IOPS/U (compared to EXP3000 expansion unit)
Multiple drive support can increase efficiencies, which provides large consolidation and virtualization projects
while keeping costs low
Support of SEDs enables relentless data protection
SSD support with EXP3524 can be used to improve application performance while simultaneously reducing
power and cooling requirements
Key component of a highly available and reliable storage configuration
Support for constant access to data 24×7
Power efficiencies meet green initiatives and reduce overall energy expenditures
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IBM System Storage EXP3512 at a glance
Models
EXP3512 – 1746-E2A
Drive interface
6 Gbps SAS
Supported drives
6 Gbps SAS 3.5-inch drives:
300 GB, 450 GB and 600 GB 15k rpm
1 TB, 2 TB and 3 TB 7.2k nearline
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Maximum drives supported
EXP3512: twelve 3.5-inch drives. Scalability up to 192 drives (mix of expansion enclosures)
Fans and power supplies
Dual
Rack support
Included standard
Warranty
Three-year parts and labor warranty, next business day 9×5, upgradable to 24×7 with four-hour response
Size
2U rack-optimized
Environment
Relative humidity – Operating range 20% – 80%
Operating altitude – 30.5 m (100 ft) below sea level to 3,000 m (9,840 ft) above sea level
Heat output
EXP3512: 945 BTU/hr.
Energy consumption
efficiency*
80 PLUS efficiency standard
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IBM System Storage EXP3524 at a glance
Models
EXP3524 – 1746-E4A
Drive interface
6 Gbps SAS
Supported drives
6 Gbps SAS 2.5-inch drives:
146 GB 15k rpm
300 GB 10k rpm
300 GB 15k rpm
600 GB 10k rpm
900 GB 10k rpm
1 TB 7.2k rpm nearline
300 GB 10k rpm SED
Solid-state SAS 2.5-inch drives**:
200 GB and 400 GB SSD
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Maximum drives supported
EXP3524: twenty-four 2.5-inch drives. Scalability up to 192 drives (mix of expansion enclosures)
Fans and power supplies
Dual
Rack support
Included standard
Warranty
Three-year parts and labor warranty, next business day 9×5, upgradable to 24×7 with four-hour response
Size
2U rack-optimized
Environment
Relative humidity – Operating range 20% – 80%
Operating altitude – 30.5 m (100 ft) below sea level to 3,000 m (9,840 ft) above sea level
Heat output
EXP3524 – 821 BTU/hr.
Energy consumption
efficiency*
80 PLUS efficiency standard
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For more information
To learn more about IBM System Storage EXP3500
expansion units, please contact your IBM representative
or IBM Business Partner, or visit the following website:
ibm.com/systems/storage/disk/exp3500
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* The energy consumption efficiency is the value of the power consumption
measured in accordance with the measuring method specified by the Japan
energy saving law divided by the Composite Theoretical Performance
specified by the energy saving law.
** Limitation: Maximum of 20 solid-state drives per system (a system is
defined as the DS3500 storage controller and all attached EXP3524
expansion units)
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