IBM targets Dell, EMC customers with storage migration

The US-based technology major IBM introduced new storage migration services for simple transition from Dell / EMC.

Enterprise IT giant IBM has also expanded all-flash storage offerings for Cloud and Cognitive computing — across public, private and hybrid cloud environments.

IBM said the new all-flash storage — IBM Storwize V7000F and IBM Storwize 5030F — is designed for small, midsized organizations and enterprises with primary storage for cloud or cognitive applications and workloads.

IBM promises that the Storwize all-flash solutions reduce the cost and complexity of data center and cloud environments. The IBM management software improves storage efficiency with features such as real-time data compression, thin provisioning, and snapshotting across nearly 400 different storage arrays from a multitude of vendors.

In addition, IBM Spectrum Virtualize also optimizes data security, reliability and operational costs. The software automatically tiers, migrates data from one storage array to another, provides secure data at rest encryption, and remotely replicates data for disaster recovery and business continuity purposes.

Ed Walsh, general manager of IBM Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure, said: “As a part of a company’s primary storage strategy, IBM’s new all-flash solutions provide robust security and the reliability that organizations need as they move to cloud and cognitive environments.”

IBM Storwize V7000F and IBM Storwize 5030F also bring enterprise-class availability and function to mid-range and entry-level all-flash storage delivering greater performance and requiring less time to provision and optimize systems.

IBM Storwize V7000F improves performance by up to 45 percent¹ and supports four times clustering for scale-out and scale-up growth to help organizations manage rapidly growing datasets.

IBM Storwize 5030F offers high performance and availability at an attractive entry point to help clients control costs.

The price of IBM Storwize storage solutions is $19,000.

IBM said its Flash In is a free migration initiative providing organizations that are not current IBM customers with a smooth transition path from storage deployments to the IBM family of all-flash arrays. Clients will receive data migration and installation services for five consecutive days for either on-site replacement or upgrades.

IBM is also promising more benefits to its Business Partners across the world. In fact, IBM Business Partners are selling up to 80 percent of all-flash storage.

“The IBM Flash In initiative will enhance the company’s all-flash offensive to help Business Partners reach new clients not currently served by IBM, and clients who may face potential disruption if there are product portfolio integrations with Dell and EMC,” said IBM.

Clients choosing to migrate from Dell or EMC can select from the following IBM storage solutions to meet their needs across the wide breadth of primary storage applications, workloads and use cases. These include:

IBM FlashSystem A9000 and IBM FlashSystem A9000R, IBM FlashSystem V9000, IBM FlashSystem 900, IBM DS8888, IBM Deep Flash 150 with Spectrum Scale and VersaStack offerings with IBM FlashSystem V9000, IBM Storwize V7000F and IBM Storwize V5030F.