IBM adds innovative features to all-flash systems to lower data capacity costs

IBM FlashSystem A9000IBM announced new innovative features to all-flash systems promising to lower data capacity costs by nearly 60 percent.

IBM also announced Spectrum Storage software allowing simplified migration and disaster recovery of data to and from the IBM Public Cloud.

IBM said the new software enables enterprise users to select IBM and non-IBM storage with Docker and Kubernetes containers.

The strategy of IBM by adding new features to all-flash storage solutions and software is to cut down the costs of data and extend its solutions for hybrid and private cloud environments.

Eric Burgener, research director for Storage at IDC, said next generation FlashCore enhancements, including higher density 3D TLC NAND-based media and hardware-assisted in-line compression and encryption, improve the capabilities of multiple IBM All Flash Arrays.

Ed Walsh, GM, IBM Storage and SDI, said IBM’s new all-flash solutions will dramatically lower the cost of storage systems while making data availability – whether on-site or in the cloud – a central part of their business strategy.

Features to IBM Storage systems and software

IBM Spectrum Access solutions offer what storage admins users need to deploy a private cloud quickly and efficiently, delivering the economics and simplicity of the cloud with accessibility, virtualization and performance of an on-premises implementation.

The new development enables a consumption-based buying model for hybrid cloud environments leveraging most of the IBM storage and VersaStack portfolios for users preferring to buy storage as an operating expense.

The new interface for FlashSystem 900 consolidates activity and performance information in a single dashboard.

“IT modernization has become a business necessity for us and IBM’s newly announced provisioning of 3x more usable capacity in the same physical space presents an exciting opportunity,” said Nader El-Ramly, chief product officer at ZE PowerGroup.

Eric Herzog, vice president, Product Marketing and Management, IBM Storage Systems, said the IBM Utility offering gives IBM customers a pay-as-you-use storage option that provides easy access to new capacity. It can help lower overall costs and address unpredictable rates of data growth for a large portion of the IBM storage portfolio and VersaStack.

Eric Herzog in a blog post said IBM is moving forward with plans to add cognitive/AI-driven product and customer support services to provide fast resolution of issues, an enhanced user experience, higher system availability and even greater confidence in IBM storage solutions.

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