IBM has announced new, cost-conscious, enterprise class, all-flash storage designed to provide small, midsized organizations and global enterprises with primary storage for cloud or cognitive applications and workloads.
Also announced 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.
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 meet the needs across the wide breadth of primary storage applications, workload and use cases at cost effective price points.
Built with IBM Spectrum Virtualize, the Storwize all-flash solutions reduce the cost and complexity of data center and cloud environments. The award-winning IBM management software improves 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 also optimizes data security, reliability and operational costs. The software automatically tiers, migrates data from one storage array to another, provides secure 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 datacenter 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."
IBM Storwize V7000F and IBM Storwize 5030F also bring enterprise-class availability and function to mid-range and entry-level all-flash storage delivering greater performance and requiring less time to provision and optimize systems.
Affordable all-flash mid-range storage: IBM Storwize V7000F improves performance by up to 45%¹ and supports four times clustering for scale-out and scale-up growth to help organizations manage rapidly growing datasets.
Entry-level all-flash storage: IBM Storwize 5030F offers high performance and availability at an attractive entry point to help clients control costs.
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.
1. IBM engineering measurements comparing 48-drive all-flash configurations of Storwize V7000 Gen2 using RAID5 with Storwize V7000F using distributed RAID6 – August 2016