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IBM today announced general availability of TotalStorage IP Storage 200i, an open-architecture network storage appliance that the company says is capable of transporting data and information via standard Internet protocols (IP).
IP Storage 200i uses "iSCSI" -- the emerging standard for transmitting SCSI storage protocols over IP -- which is designed to deliver many of the benefits of Storage Area Networks to users such as medium-sized businesses, departments, and remote branch office sites.
According to the company, the IP Storage 200i can be directly attached to an Ethernet Local Area Network (LAN) and is optimized for data-intensive LAN applications. In addition to the general availability of the IP storage 200i, Tivoli Systems also announced today that it will support the IP Storage 200i with Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM).
Pricing begins at under $20,000 and capacities range from 108GB up to 1.74TB.