IBM has had a couple of interesting announcements lately, updating some products that we've had for a while, giving them a new look and new capabilities. First, let's talk about the XIV announcement. The XIV was an IBM acquistion back in the beginning of 2008. Since then it has delighted customers with the best storage GUI in the business. We had added the ability to do compression from another acquistion (more on that in a minute) but there were times that the overhead of the compression threads would slow down XIV throughput. The model 314 largely eliminates that problem by doubling the number of cores (going from 1 x 6-core CPU to 2 x 6-core CPUs per module) and doubling the amount of RAM from 48GB to 96GB per module. Remember that the XIV can have up to 15 modules and you quickly see the tremendous boost in compute resources that the 314 is giving us. The original XIV came with 6-15 modules, where this one is restricted to 9-15. The SSD size is limited to 800GB per module (there used to be an option for 400 or 800GB).
So where did the compression software come from? Now we have to turn to the next product which has been updated. IBM acquired Diligent in 2Q2008 (a busy year for IBM storage!). That technology was placed into our TS7650G deduplication gateway which we have sold for some years now. Well, now comes another recent announcement of a TS7650G upgrade. The XIV model 314 is already shipping, but the TS750G changes mentioned are scheduled for 2016. There is going to be a huge space reduction for the base unit from 7U to 2U, and even better the clustered version goes from 14U to 2U! The current limit of backend storage used by the TS7650G as a repository will be doubled from the current 1PB to a whopping 2PB. IBM has also stated that the product will be available in a software only version (continuing to enhance our industry-leading portfolio of software defined storage).
Speaking of making old things new again, my son has been diligently working on our 1940s Farmall Cub. So far he has accomplished the following:
- rebuilt the carburetor
- rebuilt the generator
- removed rust from the gas tank, sanding it, and putting Bondo on to fill dents
- repaired a radiator that was cracked at the top, via soldering, adding JB Weld, scuffing it, then painting black
Here's a 'before' picture of the project and my son in his shop. Notice that the tractor has a nice patina of 50+ years of rust and enough accumulated grease and oil secretions to make us a major player in OPEC.