IBM Flash Storage
In the past few years, as IT continued to advance at breakneck speeds, rotational disk speeds have remained static with 7200RPM, 10K &15K drive offerings. Disk subsystems have adapted to overcome these speed limitations by deploying such tactics as, adding more drives (large disk pools) or moving data to faster drive sets (Tiering). Using the available tools and modifying the enterprise storage environment grew in complexity and scale. I.E. recalling what application was mapped to what RAID scheme on what subsystem or ensuring enough Global Hot Spares (GHS) for each type of drive in the subsystem added to the complexity too.
About four years ago Solid State Drives (SSD) began to have greater adoption rates by enterprises and their benefits were immediate. Recall, SSD are not a new concept, just one that advancements in technology and lower prices have allowed them to come to market for more enterprises. SSD’s initially had huge cost burdens which have come down through industry consolidation and cost recovery by the vendors. The SSD market brought several technology advancements over the past few years too. The SSD market currently has several offerings such as SLC, MLC, eSLC and eMLC. Each operates under a different duty rating and cost structure (my intent is not to weigh out the pro’s and con’s in this BLOG). For more info on types of SSD drives check here:
In 2012 the storage industry saw rapid adoption of Flash Based Arrays. In the Fall, of 2012 IBM acquired Texas Memory Systems (TMS) for its Flash Based Arrays known under the RamSan names.
Read more about the acquisition: http
TMS is the leading innovator in the Flash Array segment noted by it’s presence across all industry segments.
According to IDC the Flash Market is heating up rapidly! “IDC predicts that solid state storage revenue will grow from $1.7 billion in 2011 and reach $5.6 billion by 2016, resulting in a 26.8% CAGR from 2011 to 2016
Where does IBM envision Flash Arrays in its vast Storage Portfolio?
IBM’s new Flash portfolio is efficient by design, leveraging Texas Memory Systems’ tenured and proven solid state storage innovations. Flash storage products help clients worldwide overcome the performance shortfalls of their most business critical applications, delivering value that would be otherwise unattainable or out of reach.
Easily integrates into existing infrastructure with no required application changes; simply faster data access.
IBM’s new flash storage products deliver high performance and reliability, with the lowest latency in the smallest physical and power footprint on the market.
TMS has a broad set of intellectual property and flash design expertise, including key reliability and data protection innovations like patented Variable Stripe RAID™ technology, which lengthens system life and increases system resiliency without sacrificing performance or usable capacity
TMS Flash Array offerings in the RamSan line include SLC, MLC & eMLC.
One such example is the RamSan-820 which has 20T of disk space in 1U.
For more details on the RamSan offerings please check here: http
Flash benefits include:
Business savings - application efficiency, unlock scale of users or processes for faster analytics and batch jobs.
Financial savings - reduce licensing costs and provide significant power, cooling and “rack-estate” savings.
Accelerated operations - high density & low latency vs hardware/software, frees up time for business needs.
Are you still waiting on a 25K RPM drive? STOP WAITING! IBM has the TMS RamSan offerings today! Get started now!
Speak w/ your IBM Storage Specialist about how TMS can help your enterprise today.