IBM Expands All-Flash Storage Offerings for Cloud and Cognitive Computing

IBM has announced new all-flash storage designed to provide small, midsized organizations and global enterprises with primary storage for cloud or cognitive applications and workloads.

Clients today are embracing all-flash storage to deliver speed and response times necessary to support growing data workloads across public, private and hybrid cloud environments, as well as the demands of cognitive applications and workloads. IBM Storwize V7000F and IBM Storwize 5030F are all-flash arrays that would meet the needs across the wide breadth of primary storage applications, workload and use cases.

The all-flash Storwize V7000F and Storwize V5030F are also built to manage a variety of primary storage workloads, from database management systems such as SQL Server and MySQL to digital media sources that include broadcast, real-time streaming, and video surveillance. The new technology can also handle huge volumes of Internet of Things (IoT) data.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize

ibm cloudBuilt with IBM Spectrum Virtualize, the Storwize all-flash solutions would reduce the cost and complexity of data center and cloud environments. The IBM management software would improve storage efficiency with features such as real-time data compression, thin provisioning, and snapshotting across nearly 400 different storage arrays from a multitude of vendors.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize would also optimize data security, reliability and operational costs. The software automatically tiers, migrates data from one storage array to another, provides secured data at rest encryption, and remotely replicates data for disaster recovery and business continuity purposes.

“This announcement addresses a clear need for clients that require a substantial increase in storage performance but at a price that’s in line with the reality of today’s data center budgets,” said Ed Walsh, general manager of IBM Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure. “As an essential part of a company’s primary storage strategy, IBM’s new all-flash solutions provide robust security and the reliability that organizations need as they move to cloud and cognitive environments.”

Also announced today is IBM’s ‘Flash In,’ a storage migration program designed to help companies looking to leverage IBM’s expertise, like Dell and EMC clients, easily transition to IBM storage solutions as part of a journey to become cloud and cognitive businesses.