Software-defined computing

Delivering your vision

Share this post:

Almost one year ago, IBM embarked on a mission to change how storage is built, bought and managed. At the time, Senior Vice President of IBM Systems Tom Rosamilia said “A new approach is needed to help clients address the cost and complexity driven by tremendous data growth.” That new approach included building IBM Spectrum Storage to become the strongest portfolio of software-defined storage available. It also included the recent acquisition of the leader in object storage, Cleversafe.

Spectrum Storage was designed to help businesses use data intelligently and transform for the digital age. The IBM software-defined storage portfolio provides the choices and flexibility to build storage infrastructure that helps businesses extract their data from traditional silos, discover value with new analytics and manage their storage costs through data intelligence and hybrid cloud. In short, IBM Spectrum Storage frees data to be the driver of the cognitive business.

In the course of over 15 software releases, the IBM Spectrum Storage family has added enterprise features, integrations and enhancements requested by our clients. Looking across the portfolio, IBM’s software-defined storage can help secure data with encryption and integrated authentication. It can lower storage costs with compression, de-duplication, and advanced erasure coding. IBM Spectrum Storage can speed up analytic workflows and analyze your storage patterns for bottlenecks. All of this is delivered with the reliability, maturity and support clients can expect from IBM.

Perhaps most importantly, IBM Spectrum Storage is leading our clients to true hybrid cloud with most of the portfolio available on-premises, via appliances or on SoftLayer, an IBM company. In some cases, such as IBM Spectrum Accelerate and IBM Spectrum Scale, cloud and on-premises deployments can be commonly managed and data seamlessly moved between them. Starting with the recently-released Spectrum Scale Beta, clients are building transparent cloud tiering to both private cloud storage with Cleversafe, and to public clouds on SoftLayer and Amazon S3.

This month, we take another step in our evolution of the Spectrum Storage family with the introduction of Spectrum Suite pricing that encompasses all of IBM Spectrum Storage. It is a single license based upon usage for the IBM Spectrum Storage family of products. Storage architects and administrators have the freedom to deploy whichever products meet their current need with the confidence and flexibility to evolve their storage infrastructure based upon business needs–not vendor negotiations. This revolutionary purchasing model extends software-defined flexibility to include your choice of software.

IBM Spectrum Storage is quietly transforming the way organizations and enterprises store, secure and access data.

“The only way you survive is you continuously transform into something else. It’s this idea of continuous transformation that makes you an innovation company.”

 – Ginni Rometty

More stories

What is the ROI of IBM Power Systems for SAP HANA?

Power servers, Power Systems, Workload & resource optimization

Infrastructure plays a critical role in the success of SAP HANA deployments. Organizations deploy SAP HANA applications to streamline business processes and generate real-time insights. However, exploiting these capabilities place massive scalability and availability demands on the IT infrastructure. These demands need to be met in an environment that constantly changes with the business needs. ...read more


For enterprise AI, horsepower changes everything

AI, Deep learning, Workload & resource optimization

This blog post is sponsored by IBM. The author, Peter Rutten, is a Research Director for the IDC Enterprise Infrastructure Practice, focusing on high-end, accelerated, and heterogeneous infrastructure and their use cases. Information and opinions contained in this article are his own, based on research conducted for IDC. An IDC survey that I performed in ...read more


IBM Storage brings enterprise data services to containers

Cloud object storage, Flash storage, Hybrid cloud storage...

Today, 85 percent of enterprises are operating in a hybrid multicloud environment;[1] at the same time, IDC expects the worldwide installed base of container instances to reach three billion in 2021.[2] While hybrid multicloud architectures and container adoption have become common, challenges exist for these interwoven technologies. Containers are easily deployed for experimentation and new ...read more