Storage made simple for containers and hybrid cloud

By | 4 minute read | October 27, 2020

Today, how quickly you respond to new market opportunities, how flexible you are in times of crisis, how much you can scale and how well you serve your clients are all imperative for success. Digital transformation plays a key role in the ability of an enterprise to achieve these things. As part of their digital transformation, many enterprises are migrating data and workloads to the cloud, which can help address scalability, cost effectiveness, agility and security. Containerization is an important development in the evolution of cloud computing.

Why have containers become so popular? Previously, applications were developed for a specific computing environment, which made it difficult to move them from one platform to another or from on-premises to the cloud. Containerization is designed to help eliminate this problem by bundling the application code together with the related configuration files, libraries, and dependencies required for it to run. Now, developers can save time and money as they can write applications once for on-premises or the cloud or both.

Containerization is catching on like wildfire. According to Enterprise Strategy Group, 61%1 of organizations already use containers for production applications and this number is steadily rising. Your clients need to be able to scale containerized applications with an infrastructure that delivers shared storage, operational efficiency, price performance, security and infrastructure agility. They need open container-friendly storage.

On 27 October 2020, IBM Storage is unveiling a complete family of storage software for Red Hat OpenShift (RHOS) and other environments. With container-native offerings for block, file, object, modern data protection and data discovery, IBM Storage is designed to help simplify storage for hybrid cloud and container deployments.

IBM hybrid cloud is designed to give you the choice and freedom to host your software and move to a cloud provider of your choice in the future without locking you into one company’s innovation. These announcements are ushering in a new wave of storage, modern data protection and cyber resiliency solutions based on this open architecture. IBM Storage is delivering persistent storage capabilities that are tightly woven with RHOS and Kubernetes.


Announcement highlights

Ensuring tight grip on modern data protection by enhancing protection for containers and expanding cloud options for backup, disaster recovery and data retention. IBM Spectrum Protect Plus intends to deliver data protection for containers in RHOS. In addition, IBM Spectrum Protect has been beefed up and designed to enable clients to store backup data in Google Cloud Storage.

Because information is now our most valuable business resource, data protection has become a critical business task. The new capabilities of the IBM Spectrum Protect solutions bring enhanced Red Hat OpenShift and Kubernetes protection, and expanded cloud support that should make them a powerful contributor in our customers’ hybrid cloud environments.
Diane Arnold, Managing Director of IBM Business Partner Levi, Ray & Shoup.


Delivering faster insights and managing rapid infrastructure growth with IBM Spectrum Scale. Organizations are modernizing applications on platforms like OpenShift but they continue with many applications on existing platforms. IBM Spectrum Scale introduces container-native storage access that marries high performance data access with enterprise data services for RHOS platforms.

Many of our customers are in the process of deploying Kubernetes and containerized applications on Red Hat OpenShift. IBM Spectrum Scale with the new containerized deployment will be a game changer for those deployments. Integrating container native storage access with the optimization and parallel access to IBM Spectrum Scale storage adds both hybrid cloud data simplicity and performance for containerized AI, analytics and HPC workloads as well as other containerized high-performance enterprise applications.
Stan Wysocki, President of Business Partner Mark III Systems


Optimizing storage infrastructure with IBM FlashSystem. IBM is adding support for end-to-end NVMe with VMware 7. This support gives virtual machines faster read and write access to external stored data, thus increasing performance. In addition, Flashsystem 7200 and 9200 are designed to gain 3 times storage-class memory capacity. Also, IBM is providing support for “redirect-on-write” snapshots, a frequent client request.

With this new announcement, the FlashSystem family is increasing performance, reducing costs and eliminating complexity. For instance, the updated end-to-end NVMe FlashSystem 9200, which is engineered to deliver ultra-low latency now has 3 times more SCM capacity and a full intermix of NVMe drives within one controller featuring up to 18M IOPS in only 8RU cluster resulting in a dense solution our customers can rely on for their most demanding workloads.
Alain Beck, CEO of Business Partner ACMI


Preserving, protecting and securing your data more cost effectively with tape storage. IBM is planning to introduce the ninth wave of tape storage innovation, designed primarily for archive and backup copies. The new IBM LTO Gen 9 is designed to provide increased capacity, performance and cyber resiliency and cost-efficiency.

IBM has a broad storage portfolio. With new container ready or container native offerings for block, file, object, mode data protection and data discovery, IBM also offers a complete storage solution for Red Hat OpenShift. All of these can help you be your customers’ trusted advisor as they transition to simple, open innovation built on containers and hybrid cloud.

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Source: ESG Master Survey Results. Trends in Modern Application Environments, December 2019.