Upgrade Platform: FAS8020

IBM’s N5500 (also known as FAS3050, FAS3050A, V3050, V3050A) storage solution is designed for both entry-level and midrange organizations. It offers outstanding data throughput and accessibility, and provides both NAS and iSCSI support.

Equivalent NetApp Platforms

  • FAS3050
  • FAS3050A
  • V3050
  • V3050A

Upgrade Platform

  • FAS8020


The N5500 includes two different units. The A10 is a single-node unit, and the A20 is an active/active dual-node unit with clustered failover protection for organizations with more significant needs. Both units offer excellent data access and throughput, combined with low maintenance. The A10 model can be upgraded to the A20, although it is a disruptive upgrade.


  • High data throughput mated with low maintenance
  • Entry-level costs with performance ideal for up to midrange organizations
  • Both A10 and A20 units are configurable as gateways
  • Supports expansion units

Features and Benefits

  • Supports FCP, NFS, iSCSI and CIFS
  • Up to 8 GB of RAM (A10)
  • Additional licensed functions available, including snapshot and business continuance
  • Physical capacity scalable to 84 TB


  • 2 – 4 2.8 GHz processors
  • 4 – 8 GB RAM
  • 512 MB – 1 GB nonvolatile RAM
  • 4 – 8 integrated gigabit Ethernet ports per node
  • 4 – 8 integrated FC ports per node