IBM Brings Storage Innovation for 21st Century Business
IBM announced enhancements to its line of software-defined storage line called Spectrum Storage. The upgrades address today’s data volume demands, as well as meeting client needs for security and management of data sets.
We spoke with Eric Herzog, Vice President, Product Marketing and Management, Vice President, Worldwide Storage Channels, IBM Storage Systems and Software Defined Infrastructure who explained that new IBM storage software solutions will help clients manage costs and security as data volumes grow.
As new storage software is designed with data- and budget-conscious clients in mind, modernization of traditional IT infrastructures are happening every day to take advantage of multi-cloud environments and cognitive applications like AI and machine learning. These advancements help to solidify IBM as a driving force behind a more connected world.
"IBM has redefined the entire Spectrum portfolio to enable a software defined storage platform that supports multi vendor and cloud environments for better security, data visibility and insight, as well as cost optimization," said Herzog. "We want clients and partners to think about Spectrum as a Swiss Army Knife that has many capabilities such as protecting, scaling and managing corporate data. IBM has had a great deal of success selling Spectrum software which is available within our storage systems and as stand-alone software running on other vendor's equipment."
New IBM’s enhancements to its Spectrum Storage product family include new software defined Network Attached Storage (NAS) is a powerful and easy to use data management software that provides businesses a transparent and affordable method to increase the capacity of their data stores. IBM has added SDS simplicity and cost benefits for common file workloads, including support for Microsoft environments.
Reduced capacities lead to faster data transfers, new data compression software will reduce data capacity requirements by 80 percent while a 2.5x increase in data transfer speeds will make it easier for clients to move data associated with AI and deep learning applications from where it’s stored to where it needs to be for processing and analysis. New data security capabilities, IBM Spectrum Protect and IBM Spectrum Protect, will include new data protection standards to help clients both prepare for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR) and protect themselves from ransomware attacks.
Simplified management in complex environments, IBM Spectrum Connect, provides a consistent experience when provisioning, monitoring, automating and orchestrating Hi IBM storage in VMware and Microsoft PowerShell environments. Easier data protection for VMware on IBM Cloud, New software within IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, allows clients to install data protection for VMware virtual machines in IBM Cloud in minutes as part of the provisioning process.
With these innovations, IBM is expanding the scope of software-defined storage solutions, data protection, and all-flash arrays to offer more competitive advantage to their customers across the industries.
IBM also revealed two promotional videos for new storage solutions. You can see them below. Also, if you want to find out more, you can visit IBM's Developer section and read the article.