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IBM System Storage DS3500 Express

Affordable performance and flexibility without sacrificing scalability, efficiency or ease of use.


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IBM has combined best-of-breed development with leading 6 Gbps host interface and drive technology in the IBM® System Storage® DS3500 Express®. With its simple, efficient and flexible approach to storage, the DS3500 is a cost-effective, fully integrated complement to IBM System x® servers, IBM BladeCenter® and IBM Power Systems™. Offering substantial improvements at a price that fits most budgets, the DS3500 delivers superior price to performance ratios, functionality, scalability and ease of use for the entry-level storage user.
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  • Includes 6 Gbps SAS systems to deliver midrange performance and scalability at entry-level prices
  • Provides built-in management expertise in intuitive and powerful storage management software
  • Provides investment protection and cost-effective backup and recovery with remote mirror across Fibre Channel and compatibility with DS5000 and DS4000
  • Provides relentless data security with full disk encryption and supports high performing SSD drives
  • Offers NEBS and ETSI compliance and support for 48 V DC power supplies
Manufacturer IBM
Part No. 1746A2S
Width 482
Height 88
Depth 551
Weight [Kg] 29.00
Rack Units 2 U
Specification 1746A2S DS3512 Express Single Controller Storage System;
1746A2D DS3512 Express Dual Controller Storage System;
1746A4S DS3524 Express Single Controller Storage System;
1746A4D DS3524 Express Dual Controller Storage System;
1746T4D DS3524 Express DC Dual Controller Storage System;
Drive Bays 12x 3.5" or 24x 2.5" per Enclosure;
Max. 192 Drives per System
HDD Suitability 6 Gbps SAS 3.5 in. drives:
300 GB , 450 GB, 600 GB 15k rpm;
1 TB, 2 TB 7.2k, 3 TB 7.2k rpm Nearline;
600 GB 15k rpm SED;
6 Gbps SAS 2.5 in. drives:
146 GB 15k rpm;
300 GB 15k rpm;
300 GB 10k rpm;
600 GB 10k rpm;
900 GB 10k rpm;
500 GB 7.2k rpm Nearline;
300 GB 10k rpm SED;
1 TB 7.2k rpm;
Solid State SAS 2.5 in. drives*:
200 GB and 400 GB SSD
Cache 1 GB cache per controller with 2 GB upgrade (battery-backed)
Host Interface / Link Speeds Four options:
Four or eight 6 Gbps SAS ports; or
Eight 8 Gbps Fibre Channel ports and four 6 Gbps SAS ports; or
Eight 1 Gbps iSCSI ports and four 6 Gbps SAS ports; or
Four 10 Gbps iSCSI ports and four 6 Gbps SAS ports
Storage Controller Support for up to 128 storage partitions (levels: 4 standard with upgrades to 8, 16, 32, 64, 128)
RAID Controller Dual active, hot-swappable controllers
RAID Options 0, 1, 3, 5, 6, 10
Standard Three-year parts and labor warranty, 9×5 next business day, upgradeable to 24×7 with four-hour response.