IBM DS8880 Overview

IBM DS8880 all-flash and hybrid-flash data systems designed to support the cognitive business in the digital era

Critical IT environments simply should never fail, they require innovative solutions to deliver superior performance and extremely low response times with the highest availability and system security possible for mission critical environments.

DS8880 has been designed for those critical environments, it inspires trust based on a highly resilient architecture while providing superior functionality, helping enterprises improve their existing applications while expanding their business into analytics and machine learning workloads.

In addition, IBM DS8880 provides the deepest integration with IBM Z and IBM Power Systems delivering what it is needed to maximize performance, quality of service and optimized availability with more than “6 9’s” availability.

The new IBM DS8880 family of enterprise data systems is designed to meet the needs of the most demanding environments, combining bulletproof resiliency and intelligent flash performance to deliver consistent microsecond application response times1.

IBM DS8880 family includes:

  • IBM DS8888: Enables mission-critical application with all-flash performance and near-real-time decision-making, delivering lower latency for applications with up to two times better performance1 through the all-flash configuration
  • IBM DS8886: Helps accelerate mission-critical applications with up to two times2 better performance, backed by 24×7 availability and superior functionality for multi-site replication, and deep z Systems, Power, or distributed systems integration all provided in a dense yet expandable package
  • IBM DS8884: Enables organizations to overcome storage challenges with advanced, easy-to-use functionality for running critical workloads on mainframes, Power servers or distributed systems, either as a dedicated platform for consolidated systems or for multiple platforms delivered within a lower cost, flexible and space-saving package.

The ability to select from hybrid or traditional disk configuration options gives the confidence needed to support the dynamic applications that sit at the heart of your business.

  • Improve business efficiency while reducing operating expenses
  • Manage business data growth with up to 3.23 times more capacity in the same physical space for storage consolidation and data-volume demanding workloads
  • Enable faster decision making with up to 22 times better performance
  • Provide excellent business continuity with 24×7 access to data on high-demand transaction processing workloads where data integrity is critical
  • Unparalleled integration with IBM z Systems and IBM Power Server to deliver true value for systems of insight.

[1]. Measurements taken from IBM internal performance benchmark results.

[2]. 2 times performance per High-Performance Flash Enclosure Gen2.

[3]. 3.2 times more capacity with High-Performance Flash Enclosure Gen2 compared with the previous enclosure models.

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Harry Yudenfriend
IBM Systems, IBM Poughkeepsie Development Laboratory, 2455 South Road, Poughkeepsie, New York 12601 ( Mr. Yudenfriend is an IBM Fellow for storage development and mainframe I/O technology. He received a B.S. degree in computer science from the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science in 1980. He subsequently joined IBM at the IBM Poughkeepsie Development Laboratory, where he began working on mainframe I/O technology. Mr. Yudenfriend joined the IBM storage development team in 2014. He is an author or co-author of over 100 patents and 5 technical papers. Mr. Yudenfriend is a member of the ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) and an affiliate member of the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers).

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Randy Blea
He’s currently the Copy Services Manager (CSM) Architect. Randy has been part of CSM team since the product creation (TPC-R) as a lead developer. Prior to that, Randy worked in both test and development on the System Data Mover team working on XRC. These experiences have had him working in IBM copy services throughout his career at IBM.

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John Elliott
Is the DS8000 product hardware architect. He has designed and developed storage hardware for over 25 years and has authored or co-authored over 50 patents. John has worked on the DS8000 product from the initial architecture phase to the present. His area’s of expertise include system power design and battery backup, POWER server integration, I/O infrastructure design and integration, and energy efficiency.

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Nick Clayton
Nick currently works in the IBM Systems Division as the Solution Architect for the DS8000 storage system focusing on solution integration and product strategy. His specific interests include storage tiering, replication technology and business resilience and he is a member of the GDPS design team. He also works with clients on their storage strategy and advising them on their deployment of IBM storage technology. Nick is the author or co-author of around 15 patents, plus many articles, whitepapers and redbooks on IBM storage technology and he is a regular presenter at storage conferences. Nick graduated from Trinity College Cambridge in 1994 with a degree in Mathematics and has had previous roles both within and outside IBM in the areas of parallel sysplex, performance and enterprise storage including a number of years working for the European Storage Competence Centre as a member of the Advanced Technical Support team. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology.

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Liu Yang (Loren)
Loren is graduated from Xi’an Jiaotong University with a master’s degree of computer science and technology. He joined IBM after his graduation since 2006 and he has been working in DS8000 development for more than 8 years on various components. In 2010, together with IBM Almaden research team, he lead the team in China to implement the Easy Tier technology on DS8k initially. And after that, as the Easy Tier architect, he leads the Easy Tier continuous evolvement until now. In 2015, he expanded his job scope as the DS8k UI architect, leading the user experience enhancement for DS8k.


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