IBM expands flash storage portfolio

IBM  Flash Storage Solutions

IBM launched three new all-flash array products, expanding its flash storage portfolio.

The new offerings are FlashSystem A9000, FlashSystem A9000R and IBM DS8888.

According to the IT giant, consumers today are demanding cloud-based applications that are fast, easy and intelligent.

The FlashSystem A9000 helps drive down the cost of implementing an all-flash environment. At the same time, 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.

They are priced  $1.50 per gigabyte.

Furthermore, the all-flash IBM DS8888 deals with customer databases and data-intensive applications helping to improve business performance and customer satisfaction.

IBM noted that clients around the world are adopting its flash storage. For example, the Arizona State Land Department was seeking a solution that could speed access to data.

“The workloads our department manages include CAD files for land mapping, geographic information system (GIS) applications and satellite imagery for the over 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands we’re responsible to oversee. The data we manage is tied directly to our goal to make this information available and to increase its analytical capabilities,” said William Reed, chief technology officer at the Arizona State Land Department.

“After exhaustive, comparative proof of concept testing we chose IBM’s FlashSystem, which has helped to increase our client productivity by 7 times while reducing our virtual machine boot times by over 85 percent.”

All-flash solutions announced today complement IBM’s existing all-flash portfolio including FlashSystem 900 and V9000 that also leverage IBM’s FlashCore technology.

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