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IBM’s bold moves in software-defined storage

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By Funda Eceral

IBM’s leadership in software-defined storage continued last month with two bold announcements. IBM brought to the market its flagship, industry-proven XIV Storage offering “as software” (it’s called IBM Spectrum Accelerate), and debuted the IBM Spectrum Storage family of software-defined storage offerings. It topped off the month of February by announcing a $1 billion investment in its storage software portfolio over the next five years.

This is huge. It shows IBM’s commitment to deliver the next-gen infrastructure and software for the new era, fueled by mobile and social applications and expected to run fluidly in hybrid cloud environments.

(Related: What is software-defined storage?)

In this new era, companies need to stay on top of their game. They must continuously look for ways to adapt faster to their clients’ needs, build a more efficient organization, and empower their leaders to succeed. Businesses are turning to cloud-enabled services to reinvent themselves and drive better efficiency.

In fact, a recent IBM study found that 68 percent of enterprises are deploying some form of cloud (private, public or hybrid), and this number is expected to be 80 percent by year’s end. This rapid growth brings infrastructure challenges that IBM believes are best addressed with Software-Defined Storage.

Spectrum Storage is IBM’s comprehensive software-defined storage family. It enables companies to move to cloud without the fear of breaking the bank. It also allows them to scale dynamically while controlling costs through the pay-as-you-grow use model. It brings the freedom and flexibility to deploy where and when they need the infrastructure, on premises and off premises.

Perhaps the most important aspect is the adaptability and choice the Spectrum Storage family offers. Clients have diverse needs of storage, and their needs change rapidly. Spectrum Storage can unlock data from hardware silos, freeing clients to store, access and manage data where it makes the most business sense—on the cloud, in the data center, across the globe. Furthermore, support for a vast array of storage possibilities means firms don’t necessarily need to “rip and replace” existing infrastructure if they wish to migrate to a hybrid cloud gradually.

This announcement is all about IBM’s commitment to helping clients become more efficient and stay on top of their game, even as they cope with the data tsunami that new workloads are creating every day.

Watch this short video to learn more:

You can also learn more about Spectrum Storage in these blogs:

IBM Spectrum Accelerate: The Next Innovation in Storage, by Sidney Chow An introduction to the NEW Storage XIV as SW member of the family.

Clients finally embracing Freedom on the Cloud, by Elan Freedberg. A fresh introduction to SDS and how clients can benefit by implementing it on the cloud.

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