New smart multicloud storage solutions for businesses

By | 4 minute read | April 2, 2019

Today IBM is announcing a broad spectrum of innovations, enhancements and new features across our entire storage portfolio, aimed at providing leading-edge solutions for 21st century business and technology challenges.

I hear from business leaders every day about their aspirations as well as their challenges and pain points. They demand the highest levels of performance, security, flexibility and functionality from their IT infrastructure, all with limited IT budgets. They need low-risk IT solutions, to do more with fewer resources, and to drive business value from their oceans of data.  This makes infrastructure automation and intelligence increasingly essential to the successful data-driven company. Organizations are transforming and becoming agile, pivoting toward new opportunities faster– which their infrastructure must allow.

These are exactly the types of challenges addressed by IBM Storwize storage systems.

“Simply stated, we are a Storwize/IBM Spectrum Storage Suite shop,” says Dave Anderson-Ward, Server and Storage Technical Team Lead, Ordnance Survey. “The recent announcements and deployments of new innovations in these systems demonstrate that IBM Storwize storage can continue to be a foundation of our IT infrastructure as we move forward with business modernization. And thanks to all the added IBM Spectrum Storage features that can be easily added to Storwize solutions, these systems may now become even more of a competitive advantage to us than ever before.”

new Storwize V5010E and Storwize V5030E models To address these critical business challenges, IBM is announcing new Storwize V5000 family offerings that complement Storwize V7000 Gen3. The new Storwize V5010E and Storwize V5030E models provide increased performance and enterprise-class functionality, availability and reliability in easy-to-buy, easy-to-use, and easy-to-manage entry storage systems.

All-flash Storwize V5100F and V5100Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) technology can help lower storage latency, enabling analytics and AI applications powering the new economy. All-flash Storwize V5100F and V5100 bring the performance advantages of end-to-end NVMe into a new affordable system. These new members of the Storwize V5000 family combine the proven capabilities of IBM FlashCore technology with NVMe performance and the rich enterprise-class data services of IBM Spectrum Virtualize software-defined storage to create a solution with the capability, scalability and speed required to support demanding AI and analytics applications.

“Because of its ability to provide solutions to a broad range of workload requirements at very affordable pricing, IBM Storwize family has always been an important member of our portfolio,” says Matthew Sirbu, Director of Data Management and Data Center Infrastructure with Softchoice, a longtime IBM Business Partner. “A key ingredient of the Storwize success story has been the IBM commitment to continual innovation and improvement in order to maintain the Storwize leadership position in the marketplace. The announcement this week of Storwize V5100 offers the perfect example. Storwize V5100 brings NVMe into the mid-range market– a powerful advancement for the Storwize family, and yet another competitive advantage for us. These are the types of innovations that make us very pleased to be an IBM Business Partner.”

Multicloud architectures are a powerful new deployment model rapidly sweeping modern business ecosystems. Companies both large and small need to keep some data on premises for increased performance and security, while at the same time moving other data out into the public cloud for increased cost efficiency and business agility. The entire IBM Storwize family, FlashSystem 9100, SAN Volume Controller, and VersaStack leverage the extensive capabilities of IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud to simplify the implementation of multicloud solutions. Now, IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud can be deployed on Amazon Web Services (AWS) as well as on IBM Cloud to increase flexibility and choice.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud can make it easy to move data between on-premises and public cloud, enables clients to develop disaster recovery strategies using cloud instead of a second data center, supports cloud-based DevOps to take advantage of the flexibility and agility of cloud for development, and helps support cyber resiliency with cloud-based “air gap” snapshots to Amazon S3.

“IBM Spectrum Virtualize has been an industry-leading technology for more than 15 years,” said Ashish Nadkarni, Group Vice President, IDC’s Worldwide Infrastructure. “Recently, multicloud capabilities have been a priority for IBM Storage, with news of new features released almost monthly. This week is no exception. IBM just announced that along with other new functionality, Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud is now available through Amazon Web Services (AWS). The added flexibility, increased options, and lack of vendor lock-in should make Spectrum Virtualize even more attractive than ever.”

As noted above, businesses need to be focused more on developing new revenue streams and less on repetitive maintenance tasks. IBM Storage Insights can help to address this challenge by providing system monitoring, analysis, reporting, optimization and streamlined support at no cost to IBM Storage customers. For midsized organizations, this can be a game changer. Now, Storage Insights offers improved system alert handling so that even small IT groups can get the most from complex infrastructure with the least amount of effort and attention.

The most important takeaway from the announcement made today is that IBM is focused on continuing to provide practical, comprehensive and cost-efficient storage solutions for the real-world business and technology challenges faced by our customers.

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