IBM Real-time Compression impacts Big Data
A well known fact is that Big Data brings lots of challenges, one of which is efficiency. As enterprise storage rates grow 20-60% per annum and with information doubling every 18-24 months enterprises need help without a lot of complexity to address the problems of Big Data.
IBM is directly addressing the efficiency challenge by bringing compression to active data sets for Block Storage. Yes, the same Random Access Compression Engine (RACE) compression engine that brought efficiency to File Storage is now available for block storage too. IBM is calling this offering IBM Real-time Compression RACE acts as data is written to the subsystem (not a post process offering)
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IBM RACE Compression intro:
RACE engine is based on LZ compression (Lempel Ziv) and it searches out patterns that are similar and replaces portions of the data references to matching data. IBM has over 30 patents specifically for the RACE engine. IBM Real-time compression operates immediately and is very simple to manage.
No need to wait for post-process to run or complete. IBM Real-time Compression inter operates with copy services & Thin Provisioning. Look for more interoperability in the near future too.
So, how does compression bring about efficiency in a Big Data environment? Compression can help reduce storage purchase costs with the ability to compress up to 80% (5:1), which can also reduce rack space required to contain storage (new or existing), which directly impacts cooling requirements and we all know that storing less can impact the amount paid for certain software packages.
What type of workloads can benefit from IBM Real-time Compression?
Consolidated I/O offerings such as KVM, Hyper-V, VMware, Applications based on Databases SAP, Oracle, Databases themselves MS-SQL, DB2, Oracle, other applications such as Seismic data offerings.
IBM offers a 45 day trial on the SAN Volume Controller (SVC) or Storwize V7000. Try it and see how quickly it aids your enterprise. Get w/ your IBM Storage Specialist to run the compression values to see how much space you can save.
In summary, IBM Compression can help freeze storage growth or delay your enterprise need for additional purchases.
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