As if it were hyping an automobile, IBM released a new "turbo" option for its IBM TotalStorage FAStT600 Storage Servers. The new option provides greater capacity, performance, and speed and broader host system support. IBM is targeting the new option at workgroup and departmental servers and the Life Science industry. In addition to the new option, IBM is making available a "pay as you grow" configuration to help customers manage the costs of unexpected growth.
The FAStT600 with turbo option features disaster protection technology, which includes IBM's FlashCopy and VolumeCopy capabilities. FlashCopy provides fast replication capability. The new VolumeCopy has a duplication feature that permits access to duplicate data almost immediately in case of an outage. The turbo option for FAStT600 will be available on September 12, 2003. Pricing starts at $26,570 for an upgrade and $36,569 for a fully configured storage server.