IBM’s New Cloud Storage Bridges the Development of Cognitive Applications

Businesses will have a new, faster and more secure option for storing their important data thanks to IBM’s new hybrid, cloud-enabled storage solutions, which they announced on November 2, 2016. Based on IBM Spectrum Storage Suite, this solution provides a strong bridge to the development of cognitive applications while allowing companies to store data in the right place, on the right media and with the right access capability.

Since IBM’s release combines cloud to lower costs, flash to increase performance, and software-defined storage to add flexibility and integrates them with security and data management, it reduces software costs for businesses by 40 percent. Its new hybrid cloud and cognitive applications also come at no additional costs.

“Data feeds the engine for cognitive applications that deliver client value and competitive advantage. Helping clients evolve from having data obligations to using its data to better serve its business is at the heart of today’s wide-reaching announcement,” said Ed Walsh, general manager of IBM Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure. “Hybrid Cloud enablement, as a standard feature for new and existing users of Spectrum Virtualize gives our clients more control to store their data where it can have the most impact to its business.”

Along with this news, IBM also announced changes as of November 2nd to related solutions for their clients and partners to take advantage of hybrid cloud and flash environments. IBM Spectrum Virtualize’s enhancements bring hybrid cloud capabilities for block storage to nearly 400 storage systems including the IBM FlashSystem V9000, IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC), VeraStack and IBM Storwize family. The latter’s solutions now come with high density expansion enclosure and new 7TB and 15TB flash drives to meet the needs of fast-growing cloud workloads in space constrained data centers. IBM Spectrum Scale now shares data to connect cloud native applications to access data anywhere and drive cognitive application. IBM’s DeepFlash Elastic Storage Server (ESS) now includes virtually unlimited scaling, enterprise security features, unified file, object and HDFS support to provide a performance eight times better than HDD based solutions. And IBM’s DS8880 new high-performance flash capability provides a two-times better performance and three-times more efficient use of rack space for mission-critical applications running on IBM z Systems and IBM Power Systems.

Come early December 2016, IBM Spectrum Virtualize new hybrid, cloud enabled storage solutions will be available globally. For more information about IBM Storage, visit their website.

Key Takeaways:

– Based on IBM Spectrum Storage Suite, this solution provides a strong bridge to the development of cognitive applications while allowing companies to store data in the right place, on the right media and with the right access capability.

– IBM’s new solution reduces software costs for businesses by 40 percent and its new hybrid cloud and cognitive applications come at no additional costs.

– IBM also announced updates to several related products that allow its clients and partners to take advantage of hybrid cloud and flash environments.

Kelsey Leljedal

Kelsey Leljedal is a web strategist from Philadelphia. She has enjoyed learning about changes in technology since her first web job in 2012. When she isn’t doing research she takes classes, creates art, reads, travels, and takes in the food and culture in the City of Brotherly Love. Contact Kelsey at [email protected]