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Champagne and caviar. Wine and cheese. Enterprise IT and cloud service providers. Okay, maybe that analogy is a bit of a stretch, but according to analysts by 2017, 80 percent of organizations will commit to hybrid clouds. And by 2018, 65 percent of IT assets will be offsite, located or co-located with service providers. When it comes to storage, user spending for worldwide private cloud deployments is expected to grow to $24 billion dollars by 2019. So the question is, what factors will enterprise IT weigh when they select those service providers, and what are the requirements and capabilities that can create a ‘better together’ solution for both?
Value for customers and maintaining reputation
Consider for a moment that many of the challenges faced by enterprise IT will also be faced by service providers. For example: the need to reduce costs (both capital expenditures (CAPEX) and operational costs (OPEX)), provide robust data security manage oceans of data, provide flexible and agile deployments and make that data highly available in case of a disaster. On both sides of the equation, from executives to the IT administrator, businesses are looking for better ways to bring more value to their customers. And when it comes to the business of data security and availability, clients and service providers recognize that reputation is king. One security breach, loss of data or loss of access to data can mean millions of dollars in financial loss.
Standing apart from the rest
One technology that stands apart from the rest to unify and provide a “better together” scenario for both enterprise IT and service providers is IBM Spectrum Virtualize. For almost 13 years, IBM Spectrum Virtualize software—provided across a series of IBM solutions (IBM SAN Volume Controller, the IBM Storwize family and IBM FlashSystem V9000)—has been used in enterprises of all sizes to help improve total cost of ownership (TCO), implement disaster recovery solutions and provide more flexibility when acquiring storage. Now we are making IBM Spectrum Virtualize even more flexible and highly suited for hosted private clouds through the ability to purchase it as a software-only solution for the first time!
Clients will be able to purchase an all-inclusive, simple capacity-based IBM Spectrum Virtualize license to run on industry-standard Intel x86 servers. This initial release is a bare metal release, meaning no other software runs on the server, which helps deliver optimal performance. There are also no software corequisites such as deploying an expensive operating system (OS) or hypervisor. Service providers can now apply proven enterprise-class software within their own data centers to help reduce storage costs by as much as five times, as well as help improve data availability, reliability and security that they can pass onto their subscribers.
As enterprise IT clients look to migrate disaster recovery to cloud service providers, IBM Spectrum Virtualize can provide the ability to easily set up and manage replication between disparate on-premises storage and storage managed in a hosted private cloud. To provide more affordable business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) solutions, IBM Spectrum Virtualize software can be deployed on Intel Servers to optimize external storage devices (even iSCSI devices) and add advanced features such as real-time compression, thin provisioning and encryption. In the event of a disaster, IBM Spectrum Virtualize software is well integrated with cloud DR orchestration solutions such as VMware vMotion and Site Recovery Manager 6.0. All of this integration is included with the base license.
In summary, IBM Spectrum Virtualize software helps address the requirements of enterprise IT and service providers for robust data security, manageability, flexibility and lower cost. Enterprises can find familiar storage capability in the cloud. Service providers can offer new services for enterprises. And they are better together when hybrid cloud storage is easier to deploy and use.
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 IDC: Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) Customer Survey Results 2015, September 2015
 IDC: FutureScape: Worldwide Cloud 2016 Predictions, November 2015
 IDC: Worldwide Storage for Public and Private Cloud Forecast, 2015–2019, December 2015
 IBM lab measurements, April 2012