IBM 8800 Storage Array
IBM has announced a new model in its 8000 Tier 1 series of storage arrays, to be generally available November 19, 2010. The key differences between the previous 8700 model and the new 8800 model is the use of 2.5 inch 6Gb/sec SAS-2 drives for the back end, and up to 8Gb/sec FC front-end ports.
It uses the same packaging as the new Storwize V7000 with 24 SAS drives in a 2U space.The total number of drives is 1056 taking three frames.
The 8800 storage array is a welcome addition to the IBM 8000 series, providing additional power and reducing the footprint and power consumption significantly compared with earlier models. The 8800 comes with all the tier 1 functionality that is expected, and is an excellent tier 1 performance array. The Easy Tier software is best of breed for tier 1 storage arrays, and Wikibon believes that it will be extensively deployed.
The IBM 8800 does not have the drive and capacity options of EMC or Hitachi. IBM outperforms the EMC VMAX on environmentals for performance-focused arrays but needs significant work to compete with Hitachi’s VSP environmentals.
Action Item: Organizations that have IBM 8000 series installed will be very pleased to have the performance and environmentals of the 8800 storage array, and will usually be best served by continuing to use the well established 8000 software, processes, and procedures for true tier 1 applications rather than converting to other vendors. IBM 8000 users should put Easy Tier on a fast track for adoption. However, IBM will need to do more to attract new users to the IBM’s tier 1 offering.
"There’s a battle going on between CEOs and their IT organizations. The CEO is saying “hey – I go home on the weekends, my kids are on Facebook storing pictures and videos for free, Gmail is always on, this new Web stuff is cheap and simple, I can get to these services from any device, Amazon is selling compute and storage for peanuts – why am I spending so much on IT?—Outsource the lot to the cloud!”
IT’s response? “Uh oh – we’re gonna get squeezed. We need to: Virtualize. Simplify. Do more with less. Cut the fat. Increase responsiveness.”
Technology companies, seeing the pickle their best customers are in, the threat to their business and a way to compete, are responding with VMware and Hyper-V integration, thin provisioning, automated tiering, compression, data deduplication; plenty of marketing too – “to the cloud.” And the last year or so has brought lots of high profile M&A, aimed directly at filling portfolio gaps for areas like unstructured data and simplifying IT (Data Domain, 3PAR, Compellent, Isilon, Storwize, Ocarina, etc). It kind of reminds me of the Three Stooges a little bit – “to the hunt” – lots of action but I can’t help wonder if the big IT vendors really know where they’re going with this over the long haul.
What I mean is that business is good right now. The market’s up; demand looks solid; everyone seems happy. But there’s a big change coming. We’ll look back five years from now and the gains being made in the data center will be ancient history. CEOs will be happy for a while that CIOs are reducing costs. They’ll keep taking down IT as a percentage of revenue. But CEOs are greedy and we all know they’ll want more; much more. It’s why smart people like Paul Maritz say that VMware needs to move beyond cost cutting into delivering deeper business integration and more substantial value. "
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The IBM XIV® Storage System demonstrates how storage can simplify management and provisioning, yielding optimizing benefits especially for virtualized server environments. This means that growth in data does not mean growth in complexity. XIV has a virtualized, grid-based architecture that enables self-tuning and self-healing, as well as amazing management with simplicity and low total costs.
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"As the world becomes more interconnected, instrumented and intelligent, more and more information is created. This influx of information creates both challenges and opportunities. Companies must build smarter information infrastructures that can handle all of this information and manage it intelligently. IBM has invested billions of dollars developing smart storage solutions that embody a set of essential technologies: virtualization, thin provisioning, deduplication, compression and automated tiering that will enable you to manage the influx of information and unlock new business opportunities."
In many IT departments, increased user demand has led to haphazard storage growth, resulting in sprawling, heterogeneous storage environments. These environments make it difficult to achieve optimal utilization and to provision storage capacity for new users and applications. Storage virtualization can put an end to these problems. It enables companies to logically aggregate disk storage so capacity can be efficiently allocated across applications and users.
IBM Announces New Storage Systems Designed to Increase Efficiency; Optimized for Workloads such as Transaction Processing & Analytics
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ARMONK, N.Y. - 07 Oct 2010: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced innovative new storage systems that are optimized for workloads such as transaction processing and real-time analytics, reflecting the company's $6 billion annual investment in R&D.
Among the new products is a midrange disk storage system, called the IBM Storwize V7000, designed to efficiently and cost effectively manage the torrent of data flowing into companies so it can be swiftly delivered for such workloads as transaction processing -- like the growing volume of transactions completed from the Web and mobile and embedded devices.
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"Since October 2010 IBM Corp. announced workload-optimized systems to help companies manage a range of more demanding workloads that are placing new stresses on already over-taxed data centers.
The offerings, which span IBM's systems portfolio, represent IBM's investment in systems integrated and optimized across chips, hardware and software, for a range of work at a time when companies face amounts of data and are under pressure to become more efficient in managing and drawing timely insights from the information.
The new systems include: A new offering for the zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX), IBM's systems design that allows workloads on mainframe servers and other select systems to share resources and be managed as a single, virtualized system; and key new Storage and System x products, which can bring new levels of efficiency to the data center."
"The contest between man and machine on Jeopardy! was decided when IBM’s Watson computer landed on the second Daily Double on day three. The clue was: “This two-word phrase means the power to take private property for public use as long as there is just compensation.” Watson’s response: “What is eminent domain?”"
IBM Selected to Manage First Phase of New York City's Data Center Consolidation and Modernization Program
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Project to Streamline IT Infrastructure to Improve Service Delivery, Reduce Energy Consumption and Strengthen Security
NEW YORK, N.Y. - 31 Jan 2011: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it has been selected by the City of New York to build a more efficient, smarter technology platform for CITIServ, the City's IT infrastructure modernization program. The goal of the project is to streamline delivery of City services by consolidating and updating outdated and incompatible IT, thereby reducing energy consumption, strengthening security, and providing City workers with faster access to the latest technologies.