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IBM Announces New Storage Platform: Commits $1B to Storage R&D over 5 years.

Today IBM is announcing a new storage platform named Spectrum.  This new family of products allow customers to handle the burden of increasing storage needs. There are a few blogs and articles already out there so I am not here to re-hash those. I will point out the fact we are able to offer our storage products in both a software only form or a tried and true system is something unique.

I took this from the announcement today. As you can see we are truly taking the material from our existing software and now making them a part of a family.

Spectrum Control (IBM Virtual Storage Center) allows control of the infrastructure with analytic-driven data management that will help reduce cost by up to 50 percent.

Spectrum Protect (IBM Tivoli Storage Manager) reduces backup costs and protects data.

Spectrum Accelerate (XIV as Software) allows for accelerated enterprise storage for cloud deployments.

Spectrum Scale (Elastic Storage) scales high-performance storage up to 1B petabytes of unstructured data.

Spectrum Virtualize (IBM SAN Volume Controller) can virtualize mixed environments and store up to 5 times more data.

Spectrum Archive (IBM LTFS) can archive data that allows fast access and reduces TCO for archived data by approximately 90 percent.

As you see, some of these were software products already and they were added to the family. What I am most impressed with is now the ability to buy the XIV software and create your own XIV with your hardware. When I first hear about this about a year ago, I didn’t understand the real value in doing an all software offering for XIV. But since then I have seen where customers are wanting to either create smaller XIV systems than our 55TB systems or they are wanting to run a standard hardware platform which costs them less to maintain.

I also see great opportunities for IBM to move the XIV software stack into a hyper-converged solution where customers can run more than just storage on box, but their networking, applications and middle-ware as well. The other aspect is it opens up the ability to run an all flash XIV, more then 15 ‘modules’ which equals larger scale. Who knows what else is in the works for this product but I think we/IBM is on the right track.

The other big news coming out of IBM today was the announcement of a $1 BEEELION  dollar investment in R&D for IBM Storage Software over the next 5 years. According to the press release, the money will help clients with object storage and open standards.

To accelerate the development of next-generation storage software, IBM also announced plans to invest more than $1 billion in its storage software portfolio over the next five years. With this investment, the company aims to extend its storage technology leadership having recently been ranked #1 in software defined storage platforms for the first three quarters of 2014 by leading industry analyst firm IDC.1 The investment will focus on R&D of new cloud storage software, object storage and open standard technologies including OpenStack.

As you can imagine, that is a huge commitment for IBM or for any storage company. I think this goes to tell that IBM is in the storage business for the long haul and our commitment to our clients stays strong. From what I can tell from our R&D teams, there are some really cool things coming down the road and I am for one very excited about IBM Storage.

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