It’s a truly exciting day for us at IBM Storage. Following a tremendous team effort that spanned months of arduous, diligent work, we took a significant step today announcing IBM Spectrum Storage. This comprehensive set of software defined storage (SDS) offerings is designed to give customers choice and flexibility as they deploy storage, especially for cloud computing.
The Spectrum Storage family includes six members that can operate alone and in tandem, depending on customer needs. Cloud is not a one-size-fits-all proposition, and companies are moving to cloud at their own pace. Spectrum Storage allows firms to extract maximum value from traditional infrastructure and create storage more fitting for the cloud era. This allows companies on their cloud journey, at their own speed, to choose offerings that suit them best.
Who (re)moved my software?
Spectrum Storage delivers freedom and flexibility, largely because software intelligence has been decoupled from the hardware boxes that previously hosted them. For example, the ability to deploy what was until today software tethered to an IBM XIV Storage System onto commodity hardware and/or in a hybrid cloud, opens up new horizons and novel efficiencies for companies.
This decoupling of IBM Spectrum Storage from hardware allows customers to:
• Improve agility through the deployment of enterprise-level cloud solutions in minutes
• Increase control of storage by providing deep insights and optimization of storage wherever data sits—on-premises and off-premises—including on cloud
• Drive efficiencies via virtualization and automatic, optimized data placement across storage systems, media, and cloud
Freedom to choose: here, there, almost anywhere
At its core, the Spectrum Storage family is about choice. Based on considerations such as cost and types of workloads deployed, companies can choose to deploy Spectrum Storage offerings either as an appliance in a local or remote data center, as software running on commodity servers in a local or remote data center/office, or on hardware hosted by a cloud service provider such as SoftLayer.
Take the IBM Spectrum Accelerate product as an example. Based on the trusted IBM XIV software stack deployed on over 100,000 servers worldwide and across industries, Spectrum Accelerate brings companies the freedom to:
• Place data on-premises, off-premises in the cloud, in a remote data center and/or in a remote office
• Deploy an integrated appliance (aka the IBM XIV Storage System) and/or Spectrum Accelerate on x86 servers and/or Spectrum Accelerate on a cloud
• Decide their own storage costs – for example, mission critical workloads would tend to fit the integrated appliance while ephemeral dev/test workloads are more of a public cloud fit
• Lean toward a CAPEX or OPEX-based acquisition model
• Manage all XIV Storage and Spectrum Accelerate deployments through one pane of glass, wherever the data resides and whatever hardware acts as its host
Tip of the iceberg
The Spectrum Storage offering brings with it a wealth of benefits. Examples include the ability of Spectrum Scale to reach Yottabyte size file environments under a single namespace; the simplicity with which Spectrum Insight allows for management of disparate storage arrays; and the savings engendered by Spectrum Archive through the movement of cold data to a less expensive storage medium.
Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. There’s much more to learn and tell about Spectrum Storage. Click here to read the white paper to better understand how Spectrum Storage can help your company dramatically improve storage efficiencies and increase your agility as you journey into the realm of cloud computing.
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