IBM says that as data analytic needs grow, even smaller organizations are turning to cloud and virtualization technologies to improve efficiencies, lower costs, and gain faster access to much-needed storage capacity. IBM is introducing new Storage Systems and SmartCloud storage software to meet these needs.
In addition to sweeping POWER7+ additions to the IBM Power Systems line, IBM today introduced three new complementary storage solutions.
IBM SmartCloud Storage Access
IBM SmartCloud Storage Access is new software that lets organizations set up secure private storage clouds and lets users store information on the company’s internal cloud. The package features a Web-based self-service portal that lets any user create an account, set up the amount of storage they need, and then start uploading files via the cloud -- all with just a few clicks and without the assistance of an IT administrator.
The IBM XIV Storage System has been updated with a new system design for big data that supports up to 12 10GB Ethernet Ports (or 22 1GB Ethernet ports) and up to 6TB of solid state cache, both of which combine to improve the performance of database-like workloads by up to five times over previous models. In addition, the inclusion of advanced power supplies can lower a fully-loaded XIV system’s power consumption by as much as 16 percent over previous models, IBM claims, which can help customers save on energy and cooling costs.
The new Real-Time Compression Appliance Model STN7800, v4.1 supports large complex environments with reduced infrastructure costs. The appliance is based on System x server technology and offers 5x compression in real-time, unlimited per appliance software licensing (over 50TBs), and supports 0GbE optical, 1GbE copper, or mixed 10GbE and 1GbE connectivity options.