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IBM System Storage DS5000 series

Workload optimized storage for today’s demanding applications.


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The IBM® System Storage® DS5000 series is designed to meet the demanding open-systems requirements of today—and tomorrow—while establishing a new standard for life cycle longevity. Building on many decades of design expertise, the DS5000 storage system’s architecture delivers industry-leading performance, real reliability, multidimensional scalability and unprecedented investment protection. DS5000 supports IBM AIX and IBM Power Systems T10-PI Data Integrity Initiative.
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The DS5000 storage systems are equally adept at supporting transactional applications such as databases and On Line Transaction Processing (OLTP), throughput-intensive applications such as high-performance computing (HPC) and rich media, and concurrent workloads for consolidation and virtualization. With relentless performance and superior reliability and availability, DS5000 series storage systems can support the most demanding service level agreements (SLAs) for the most common operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, UNIX, Linux and Apple Macintosh. When requirements change, you can add or replace host interfaces, grow capacity, add cache and reconfigure the system on the fly—ensuring that it will keep pace with your growing company.

This multidimensional scalability allows the DS5000 series storage system to extend beyond the normal three- to four-year life cycle, protecting your storage investment by delaying, or even eliminating, the expense of migrating data to a new system and allowing you to amortize acquisition costs over extended periods of time. This life cycle longevity enables DS5000 storage systems to continue delivering value long after other systems have been retired. With drive-level encryption, DS5000 series storage systems support affordable data security with no performance penalty. The DS5000 storage system’s multiple replication options, drive level encryption, and persistent cache backup can help ensure that any data in cache is captured and safe in the event of a power outage.


  • Provides balanced performance—up to 700,000 IOPs and 6400 MB/s—is well-suited for virtualization and consolidation
  • Scales up to 448 drives (1.34 PB) using the EXP5000 enclosure and up to 480 drives(1.44 PB) of high-density storage with the EXP5060 enclosure
  • Allows for intermixing drive types—Fibre Channel, SAS, SAS NL, SED, SATA and SSD—and host interfaces—Fibre Channel and iSCSI—for investment protection and cost-effective tiered storage
  • Supports high availability with hot-swappable components and non-disruptive firmware upgrades
Manufacturer IBM
Part No. 1818-51A
Width 451
Height 174
Depth 825.5
Weight [Kg] 36.80
Rack Units 4 U per Controller/Enclosure
Drive Bays 448 drives maximum with use of 28 EXP5000s or EXP810s, or a mixture of both (not to exceed 28);
480 drives with EXP5060
Capacity Up to 3 TB per Drive
HDD Suitability 4Gbps SATA:
7.2K rpm 1 TB and 2 TB
4 Gbps Fibre Channel SED:
300 GB 15K rpm, 450 GB 15K rpm and 600 GB 15K rpm
6 Gbps SAS:
10K rpm 300 GB, 600 GB and 900 GB
6 Gbps SAS SED:
10K rpm 600 GB
Solid State SAS 2.5 in. drives:
200 GB, 400 GB
SAS-NL 3.5":
3TB 7.2K rpm
Max. No. of Drive Enclosure(s) Up to 28
Storage Capacity Up to 1.4 PB
Cache Up to a total of 64 GB cache
Host Interface / Link Speeds DS5100:
8 × 4/8 Gbps Fibre Channel host interface cards
(4 Gbps cards auto-negotiate to 1, 2, and 4 Gbps speeds; 8 Gbps cards auto-negotiate 2, 4 and 8 Gbps speeds)
1 Gbps iSCSI—dual ported (sixteen total host ports)
10 Gbps iSCSI—dual
Other Interfaces Sixteen 4 Gbps Fibre Channel drive interfaces support up to 28 EXP5000/EXP810 or 8 EXP5060s
RAID Options RAID 0, 1, 3, 5, 6 and 10
Standard A 24×7×4 hour warranty.
DS5100 -1818-51A; DS5300 -1818-53A