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Organizations are challenged with meeting the demand for storing, protecting and distributing data that is being created in larger volumes, at a faster rate and in greater variety than ever before. Today, so much of this data being created is unstructured. It is being stored for longer periods of time to meet regulations and legal requirements as well as for cognitive and analytics processing. IBM is committed to helping clients resolve these challenges by continuing to enhance its portfolio of object and file storage solutions to address the needs of our clients.
IBM recently announced two new and compelling features in IBM Cloud Object Storage designed for on-premises solutions. These enhancements offer clients a cost-efficient way to get started with object storage as well as to protect and preserve data.
Concentrated dispersal mode (CD mode) enables customers to initially deploy IBM Cloud Object Storage at smaller capacity sizes, starting as low as 72 terabytes, and grow incrementally adding interfaces and capacity as needed. In addition, compliance enabled vault (CEV) gives customers the ability to store data immutably (non-rewritable/non-deletable) and retain data objects for a prescribed time frame. Both features will be available as standard capabilities in IBM Cloud Object Storage software beginning December 1, 2017, continuing with our all-inclusive approach to delivering new capabilities.
Value for customers
Often customers want to start their initial investment into object storage at a small scale based on one use case. The new CD mode feature provides a cost-efficient method to begin with a small deployment (72TB) and scale to petabytes and beyond. Customers can take advantage of the benefits of IBM Cloud Object Storage in terms of data availability and system reliability along with management capabilities, allowing them to consider extending the infrastructure to other use cases. Customers will have the flexibility to deploy low-capacity configurations in one or two-site configurations as well as with multiple sites depending on their requirements.
The CEV feature enhances the protection and security inherent in IBM Cloud Object Storage by augmenting encryption of data at rest with data immutability and retention policy enforcement that can help support the relevant requirements of SEC 17a-4(f) and similar regulations. CEV is applicable across a variety of industries that require data to be preserved in original format and retained for specified time frames including financial services, health care, government, telecommunications, oil & gas, manufacturing and others.
As enterprise leaders struggle to meet the challenges created by the continuing growth of unstructured data, IBM Cloud Object Storage can provide a cost-effective infrastructure for large data repositories, remote file services, backup and restore targets, online archive and private cloud workloads. These new features help you to start small for an initial deployment of IBM Cloud Object Storage and expand the solution to include additional use cases with security and confidence. Learn more here.