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IBM launches small business storage system

Big Blue launches a high-bandwidth storage system that takes on EMC in pitching to small and midsized enterprises.

IBM has introduced the DS4700 Express, a high-bandwidth storage system that promises performance of four gigabits per second, from front to back end. The announcement on Tuesday came on the heels of EMC's launch of its latest midrange Clariion CX3, also aimed at small and midsized businesses.

The EMC systems can scale to 59 terabytes, with an entry-level system offering 365GB of storage for $27,000. But while the CX3 comes with 2Gbps performance as standard, the new IBM system is 4Gbps and costs $19,449. The DS4700 includes 16 disk drive bays inside the controller and up to eight host ports.

Colin Barker reported for ZDNet UK in London. To read the full story, click here.