IBM impact on Storage
How has IBM impacted Computer Storage today and moving forward?
IBM invented the hard disk drive (HDD) and brought it to market in 1956, the HDD which were considered secondary storage devices at that time. As technology advanced HDD were the primary data storage devices in the ’60’s. The first IBM drive, the 350 RAMAC, was approximately the size of two refrigerators and stored 5 million 6-bit characters (the equivalent of 3.75 million 8-bit bytes) on a stack of 50 discs. IBM was awarded the 1st of many US patents for storage for example US Patent 3,503,060 from the RAMAC program is generally considered to be the fundamental patent for disk drives IBM lead innovation for years in the storage market.
Norman Ken Ouchi at IBM was awarded a 1978 U.S. patent 4,092,732 titled "System for recovering data stored in failed memory unit." The claims for this patent describe what would later be termed RAID 5 with full stripe writes. This 1978 patent also mentions that drive mirroring or duplexing (what would later be termed RAID 1) and protection with dedicated parity (that would later be termed RAID 4) were prior art at that time.
Now let’s fast forward to 2003 when IBM sold its storage technology to HDS, most competitors thought IBM was just conceding the Enterprise Disk Market. They couldn’t have been more wrong! IBM was consolidating efforts and resources prior to its next leap forward in the ever changing IT landscape. One example of the leap was the 2013 acquisition of Texas Memory Systems (TMS). IBM quickly invested over $1B in supporting the Flash acquisition by putting together 12 Global Centers of excellence in / around Flash. IBM renamed TMS to IBM FlashSystems and last year was a banner year for Flash and IBM FlashSystems. Its common knowledge that the Disk Drive experienced the smallest amount of performance gains in the IT world over the past 15 years. However, Flash brings speed and power savings to IT enterprises of all sizes.
IBM knows Flash is more than just a product it’s a game changer for Enterprise IT. Flash technology is defining the new landscape of computing! Today IBM is announcing the FlashSystem 840 featuring twice the I/Os of the FlashSystem 820 (over one million I/Os per second). In addition, with enhanced RAS for business critical workloads, a new, intuitive GUI and 16Gb FC SAN support making the new FlashSystem 840 the clear market leader in Flash offerings. Clients will also benefit from macro efficiency, enterprise reliability, extreme performance and IBM MicroLatency that FlashSystems bring to an Enterprise. IBM FlashSystem solutions reduce costs by 30% and accelerate time to ROI. Or put another way, FlashSystems bring Greener IT solutions which bring control to spiraling data center power and cooling costs. See how one Enterprise benefited from Flash with this case study: http
How has your vision about storage in your data center evolved over the past 3 - 5 years? Listen to IBM’s Ambuj Goyal - Edge Highlights 2013 talk about how ‘storage’ is changing. http
One must consider how the modern data center will evolve and how the new vision of storage fits into that new paradigm
How can IBM impact your Enterprise? Have a conversation with your IBM Storage Sales Specialist to learn more and revolutionize your data center.