IBM will resell NetApp's FAS3070 hybrid array.

Announced by NetApp earlier this month, the array scales to 252TB and offers 32 4Gbit/s Fibre Channel ports or 32 Gigabit Ethernet ports and supports block-based storage, network-attached storage (NAS) or iSCSI.

IBM will call its version of the box the N5600 and plans to start shipping it by 8 December, said marketing manager John Foley. IBM is competing with Dell and EMC, which have a partnership, by offering the same functionality across its entire product line, Foley said.

Some features, including 10Gbit/s Ethernet support and support for the v3070 virtual storage processor, will ship in the first quarter, Foley said.

IBM is also announcing inter-operability between the N-Series Gateway and IBM's SAN Volume Controller (SVC), which, Foley said, lets users put an N-Series Gateway in front of an SVC and have "the best of both worlds" - virtualisation access to a heterogeneous environment of up to 80 models of storage.

IDC analyst Brad Nisbet said IBM is announcing these products primarily to fill gaps in its NAS and iSCSI product lines. He also said the inter-operability between the gateway and the controller is interesting because the gateway can offer block-level virtualisation on its own, though he considered the SVC's more robust.