The [IBM Edge2015 conference] is premiere conference covering Infrastructure Innovations for IBM System Storage, as well as sessions about z Systems and POWER Systems from our IBM Enterprise conference. Check out this short two-minute [YouTube video on IBM Edge2015].
Here is my quick recap of my sessions on the first day, Monday, May 11, 2015.
- Solution Center Setup and Training
IBM hires [George P. Johnson Experience Marketing], or GPJ for short, to help with its events. I was asked to be on-hand for the Monday morning training in case I was needed to fill in for anyone else during the lunch hours and evening receptions.
There were quite a lot of demos. We had SAN Volume Controller, Spectrum Accelerate and Spectrum Scale at various booths. There were also plenty for POWER and z Systems as well. I cover a wide variety of these topics, so am often used as the "universal substitute" in case some needs to take a break, or just gets caught up in a one-on-one discussion with an attendee.
It didn't help that while we are trying to listen to the GPJ ladies on how to scan barcodes on attendee badges and use the interactive kiosks, large machinery is placing the demo hardware in place.
Here a forklift operator is putting a VersaStack converged system that has a mix of Cisco UCS, NEXUS and MDS hardware with IBM Storwize V7000 Unified storage.
- Software Defined Storage -- Why? What? How?
I presented as session explaining why our clients are excited about Software Defined Environments, including an overview of IBM's Software Defined Storage offers in the IBM Spectrum Storage™ family of products, and how to get started.
According to IDC, an independent IT analyst firm, IBM has over 40 percent marketshare in Software Defined Storage, ranking IBM #1 in this market.
Not surprisingly, this was by far my most attended session for the week, and I presented twice to fully packed rooms.
- IBM's Cloud Storage Options
IBM is ranked #2 in Cloud Storage. This session covered the different types of Cloud storage, including persistent, ephemeral, hosted and reference storage categories. I covered the advantages of block, file and object level access.
Lastly, I covered the various IBM products for each type. For block-level transactional storage, I covered IBM XIV Storage, XIV Cloud Storage for Service Providers, Spectrum Accelerate software and the Storage Hypervisors built with Spectrum Virtualize such as SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and the rest of the Storwize family, and FlashSystem family products.
For file and object level storage, I covered Spectrum Scale software, including Elastic Storage Server and Storwize V7000 Unified pre-built systems. I also included how these fit into a file sync-and-share deployment using IBM partnership with OwnCloud or Funambol.
Finally, I mentioned the Cloud storage offerings from IBM SoftLayer and IBM Cloud Managed Services.
- Data Footprint Reduction - Understanding IBM Storage Efficiency Options
I have presented this topic now for several years, but never fails to draw an audience.
I start with the basics of Thin Provisioning, explaining the difference between coarse-grained and fine-grained designs, and how these are employed in IBM DS8000 disk system, XIV Storage system, SVC and Storwize family products, DCS3700 and DCS3860 disk systems.
I then covered Space-efficient Snapshots, including IBM FlashCopy. These can be used with either fully-allocated or thin-provisioned source volumes, and can substantially reduce the amount of storage needed to keep immediate copies.
Next I covered Data Deduplication, including IBM ProtecTIER family of products, Spectrum Protect software, and IBM's partnership with Atlantis ILIO for IBM FlashSystem for Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) deployments.
Lastly, I covered Compression, explaining the unique advantages of IBM's Real-time Compression compared to the performance-degrading methods used by our competitors. IBM Real-time Compression provides better capacity savings than Data Deduplication for 95 percent of your active data workloads, and is available on FlashSystem V9000, SAN Volume Controller, Storwize V7000 and this week IBM announced it available on the XIV Storage systems as well!
As you can imagine, I get invited to a lot of client dinners during the week. For Monday evening, I managed to combine two clients into a single dinner! The two clients were from completely different industries, but from the same part of the country. Everyone all got along, so it worked out very well.
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