IBM Beefs Up Storage Line to Address Big Data

IBM announced upgrades to its IBM Spectrum Storage family of software-defined storage, intended to help companies improve storage management, data security and reduce data costs. The new line is designed to help clients embrace the explosive growth of data.

“As organizations transform to digital business they increasingly require a path to faster insights from growing data that is stored safely and cost efficiently,” said Jamie Thomas, general manager for IBM Storage.  “We want to help our clients as they transform to cognitive, digital businesses by improving data value, increasing data security and enabling simpler data and storage management.”

New features include IBM Spectrum Virtualize, which is engineered to help companies improve data security and reduce costs. The solution also includes a software feature that helps provide data encryption on existing heterogeneous storage systems.

Additional features, IBM Spectrum Scale software and IBM Elastic Storage Server, are designed to help companies reduce capital and operating expenses for large volumes of files and objects used by cognitive and cloud applications. These solutions include data compression to improve storage utilization and efficiency by reducing storage space needed for files and objects; and the ability to accelerate Hadoop applications with a new Hadoop Filed System (HDFS) interface.

IBM Spectrum Control, which helps reduce IT costs and complexity by optimizing data and storage, now extends management and data analytics capabilities for IBM FlashSystem and IBM Spectrum Scale file and object storage systems.   

IBM Spectrum Storage is designed to simplify storage management, scale to keep up with data growth, and optimize data economics. The IBM Spectrum Storage family includes six software offerings: IBM Spectrum Accelerate, IBM Spectrum Archive, IBM Spectrum Control, IBM Spectrum Protect, IBM Spectrum Scale and IBM Spectrum Virtualize.

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