IBM Brings All-Flash Storage to Cognitive Workloads

IBM has introduced all-flash storage solutions designed for mid-range and large enterprises, intended to provide the speed and reliability needed for workloads ranging from enterprise resource planning and financial transactions to cognitive applications such as machine learning and natural language processing.

The solutions are designed to support cognitive workloads that clients can use to uncover trends and patterns. Through deep integration between IBM Storage and IBM z Systems, co-developed software that provides data protection, remote replication and optimization for midrange and large enterprises, is embedded in these new solutions. This advanced microcode is ideal for cognitive workloads on z Systems and Power System requiring the highest availability and system reliability possible.

“The DS8880 All-Flash family is targeted at users that have experienced poor storage performance due to latency, low server utilization, high energy consumption, low system availability and high operating costs,” said Ed Walsh, general manager for IBM Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure.

The entry-level storage, IBM DS8884F has been designed for traditional applications such as ERP, order processing, database transactions, customer relationship management and human resources information systems. It offers the lowest entry cost for midrange enterprises with 256GB cache (DRAM) and between 6.4-154TB of Flash capacity.

For enterprise-class storage, the IBM DS8886F, has been engineered for high-speed transactional operations like high-performance online transaction processing, high-speed commercial data processing, high-performance data warehouse and data mining and critical financial transaction systems. It provides users 2TB cache (DRAM) and between 6.4-614.4TB of Flash capacity.

For analytic-class storage, the IBM DS8888F is well suited for cognitive and real-time analytics and decision making including predictive analytics, real-time optimization, machine learning and cognitive systems, natural language speech and video processing, according to IBM. To support this it delivers 2TB cache (DRAM) and between 6.4TB-1.22PB of Flash capacity providing superior performance and capacity able to address the most demanding business workload requirements. 

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