IBM brings DS8000 all-flash storage solutions

IBM DS8884 storage technologyBusiness technology major IBM today announced IBM DS8000 storage solutions, a new hybrid-cloud, all-flash storage, assisting mainframe users to automate the movement of data to and from the cloud.

The latest IBM z Systems that comes with hybrid-cloud storage capabilities enables clients to have a new level of control to store their data.

IBM said these hybrid-cloud storage solutions can provide savings in CPU costs and utilization. When archiving large data sets, having a cloud tier of storage frees the CPU for new workloads such as Cognitive and Machine Learning.

By making the cloud available as another storage tier, the new DS8880 Transparent Cloud Tiering feature provides multiple options for reducing backup and archiving costs and complexity.

IBM DS8880F with Transparent Cloud Tiering  integrates with IBM Cloud Object Storage to provide a foundation object storage layer for on-premises private cloud implementations or to be used to build off-premises object stores using public cloud resources.

Transparent Cloud Tiering feature can provide direct connectivity to IBM Bluemix Infrastructure public cloud storage resources for clients who want to build hybrid cloud solutions that leverage the advantages of multiple architectures on-site and in the cloud.

Transparent Cloud Tiering leverages existing DS8880 infrastructure through a microcode upgrade and software license activation with no additional hardware required. It uses the existing Ethernet ports; includes encryption, auditing, and security features; and supports IBM Bluemix, IBM Cloud Object Storage, OpenStack Swift and Amazon S3 Object Store connectivity.

Meanwhile, a study sponsored by IBM Security and conducted by Ponemon Institute, found that the average cost of a data breach is $3.62 million globally, a 10 percent decline from 2016 results. These data breaches cost companies $141 per lost or stolen record on average.