IBM Announces All-Flash and Software-Defined Storage

IBM has rolled out new hybrid cloud all-flash storage solutions developed to modernize and transform storage deployments. IBM Spectrum Storage Suite addresses the often-rigid economics of data management through the opportunity to test new hybrid cloud and cognitive applications.

“Hybrid Cloud enablement, as a standard feature for new and existing users of Spectrum Virtualize gives our clients more control to store their data where it can have the most impact to its business,” said Ed Walsh, general manager for IBM Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure.

The new offering includes hybrid cloud enablement for existing and new on-premises storage: enhancements to IBM Spectrum Virtualize bring hybrid cloud capabilities for block storage to the IBM Storwize family, IBM FlashSystem V9000, IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and VersaStack, as well as nearly 400 storage systems from IBM and others.

IBM Spectrum Scale also now syncs file and object data across on-premises and cloud storage to connect cloud native applications. Relying on access to data wherever it resides, this can help drive cognitive application development.

The solution also incorporates high-density, highly scalable all-flash storage built on 7TB and 15TB flash drives. The IBM Storwize solutions can grow up to eight times larger than previous solutions without disruption, IBM claimed. Up to 32PB of flash storage can be stored across four racks.

The offering also includes high-performance flash capability for IBM’s DS8880 storage system provides two times better performance and three times more efficient use of rack space for mission-critical applications running on IBM z Systems and IBM Power Systems, IBM said.

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