IBM Flash Storage Solutions to Target Apps in the Cloud
IBM announced Wednesday an expansion of its flash storage portfolio to help clients extract value from data so it can be turned into a competitive advantage.
IBM launched three new all-flash array products incorporating better performance – a minimum latency of 250μs (microsecond) — to solve the challenge of accessing the massive amounts of data quickly for cloud-based applications and workloads.
IBM says consumers today are demanding cloud-based applications that are fast, easy and intelligent. Sub-second response times are critical when data is retrieved from the cloud to deliver a unique, personalized and positive customer experience.
IBM MicroLatency technology transfers data within the flash array via hardware instead of the added layer of software.
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Also built into the solutions are features designed to solve cloud requirements such as quality-of-service (QoS) to prevent the impact “noisy neighbor” problems have on application performance, secure multi-tenancy, thresholding, and easy-to-deploy grid scale out.
All-flash solutions announced Wednesday complement IBM’s existing all-flash portfolio including FlashSystem 900 and V9000 that also leverage IBM’s FlashCore technology.
IBM’s midrange all-flash solutions consist of all-flash versions of the Storwize family, which offers the performance needed for real-time insights from business data combined with advanced management functions.
IBM’s Big Data all-flash solution delivers a high-density multi-petabyte scale, low-cost flash option ideal for industries such as media, genomics, and life sciences, says the company.
In the picture above: IBMer Susan Sullivan, whose job is centered on rethinking the experience of IBM clients and remaining on top of new trends, debuts the new IBM FlashSystem A9000/A9000R, the latest in the company’s newly engineered flash portfolio.