This week, I am attending the [InterConnect Conference] in Las Vegas, Feb 21-25, 2016. This is IBM's premier Cloud & Mobile conference for the year.
Here is my recap of the lunch-time sessions Wednesday afternoon.
- 5663A Beyond Hyperconvergence to a Hyperscale Converged Infrastructure
Bernard "Bernie" Spang, IBM, presented. Organizations continue to face challenges with efficiently managing unprecedented volumes and varieties of data. Meanwhile, new frameworks such as Spark and Hadoop are emerging to efficiently exploit that data. These offerings have the potential to deliver significant benefits, but they can also increase data center complexity and cluster sprawl.
Bernie covered the evolution of Hyperconvergence to a Hyperscale converged technology. By extending software-defined infrastructure concepts to a converged application- and data-optimized fabric, IBM is enabling organizations to reduce costs and accelerate time to insight by efficiently storing, analyzing and protecting their data.
Hyperconvergence is the concept of running hypervisor software on storage-rich servers. Software-only versions include IBM Spectrum Accelerate and VMware VSAN, whereas pre-built systems are available from Nutanix, Simplivity and others.
But not everything is x86 or Hypervisor based. Some applications are better served on bare metal, while others might be better served on containers like Docker or LXC. IBM Spectrum Scale provides for all of these additional platforms, works on both x86 and POWER systems, and can handle storage tiering from flash to disk to tape. It can work across locations, representing any mix of on-premises and off-premises facilities.
- 1841A IBM Cloud Storage Options
I was pleased to have a standing-room only crowd attend my session!
The presentation can be viewed directly on [Slideshare.net].
The term "Cloud Storage" can be misleading. I spell out four unique types of storage:
- Ephemeral Storage - storage that exists only as long as the Virtual Machine using it is running. This is ideal for boot volumes and temporary work space.
- Persistent Storage - typically block/transactional/high-speed storage that continues to live beyond the life of the Virtual Machine.
- Hosted Storage - files, documents and backup copies that are read/written in the Cloud
- Reference Storage - files and objects that are written once, and never modified thereafter, such as archives, financial records, and photographs. Since the term Write-Once-Read-Many (WORM) applies only to tape and optical media, the IT Industry now uses Non-Erasable-Non-Rewriteable (NENR) to include flash and disk media protected in some manner through software to avoid tampering.
The first two I refer to as "Storage for the Computer Cloud" and the latter two I refer to as "Storage as the Storage Cloud".
I also discuss the differences between block, file and object access, and why different Cloud storage types use different access methods.
I wrapped up the session covering the various IBM storage solutions that we offer for all four Cloud Storage types.
Thank you all for attending my session!
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