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IBM Boasts its Flash Storage Portfolio for the ‘Cognitive’ Era

IBM Boasts its Flash Storage

IBM fosters its flash storage portfolio launches three new products to its existing offering. The new rollout is asserted as to help clients swiftly extract value from data leveraging competitive advantage.

The new all-flash array products have a performance of minimum latency of 250μs (microsecond) solving the challenge of accessing the massive amounts of data quickly for cloud-based applications and workloads.

IBM MicroLatency technology transfers data within the flash array via hardware instead of the added layer of software simplifying the sub-second time while retrieving data from the cloud.

The solution also has features to solve cloud requirements such as quality-of-service (QoS) to prevent the impact “noisy neighbor” problems have on application performance, secure multi-tenancy, thresholding, and easy-to-deploy grid scale out.

“The drastic increase in volume, velocity and variety of information is requiring businesses to rethink their approach to addressing storage needs, and they need a solution that is as fast as it is easy, if they want to be ready for the Cognitive Era,” said Greg Lotko, general manager of IBM Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure.  “IBM’s flash portfolio enables businesses on their cognitive journey to derive greater value from more data in more varieties, whether on premises or in a hybrid cloud deployment.”

Key features of the new end-to-end flash portfolio incudes

  • Providing simple onramp for flash storage for IT service providers: The FlashSystem A9000 comes fully configured which helps drive down the cost of implementing an all-flash environment.
  • Delivering scalable storage for cloud service providers: The FlashSystem A9000R, with its grid architecture, provides easy scaling up to the petabyte range.
  • The FlashSystem A9000 and A9000R both incorporate data reduction features, including pattern removal, deduplication and real-time compression, as well as IBM FlashCore technology to deliver consistent low latency performance. They are priced as low as $1.50 per gigabyte.
  • Optimized all-flash systems for enterprise-class servers: With the all-flash IBM DS8888, customer databases and data-intensive applications are accelerated resulting in improved business performance and customer satisfaction.

All-flash solutions are reported to complement IBM’s existing all-flash portfolio including FlashSystem 900 and V9000 that also leverage IBM’s FlashCore technology. IBM’s midrange all-flash solutions consist of all-flash versions of the industry acclaimed Storwize family, which offers the performance needed for real-time insights from business data combined with advanced management functions.

IBM’s Big Data all-flash solution is touted to deliver high-density multi-petabyte scale, low-cost flash option making it ideal for ideal for industries such as media, genomics, and life sciences.

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