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IBM Pushes New Enterprise Storage As Tech Needs Grow

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

According to IBM, in a preliminary study that included 750 global organizations, less than 10 percent of the company's studied are fully prepared to deal with the significant growth in cloud, analytics, mobile, and social media. In an effort to help organizations prepare IBM is announcing new systems, software, and capabilities to help customers create infrastructures that will assist organizations to make the technology shift.

Based on IBM's new Software Defined Storage (SDS) software announced last week, IBM is releasing updated storage products that will fit in with its SDS platform (dubbed Elastic Storage) that is designed to meet medium to large-scale enterprise cloud and Big Data requirements.

Read: IBM Elastic Storage: Scans 10 Billion Files in 45 Minutes

  • IBM Storwize V7000 Unified - This product now supports up to four petabytes and is double the storage capacity of previous models. The V7000 has new clustering capabilities, real-time compression, and an Active Cloud Engine.
  • IBM XIV Cloud Storage for Service Providers - This infrastructure is a pay per use for Business Partners and IBM has previewed new features such as XIV multi-tenancy, enhanced data security and improved cloud economics through the partition of XIV storage into logical domains assigned to individual tenants. IBM states the new pricing model will reduce the initial cost of the system by as much as 40%.
  • TS4500 Tape Library - A highly scalable automated tape library for IBM mainframe and open systems that can provide up to 900 petabytes of automated storage under a single library image
  • IBM DS8870 Flash - A high availability, high performance enclosure that provides up to 3.5 times faster flash performance while requiring 50 percent less space and 12 percent less energy.

These storage products are available now.

"To help clients confidently move data-centric applications to the cloud, our new systems and storage solutions deliver scale-out infrastructure with price-performance advantages and security. The right infrastructure is essential for clients to capture value and achieve business outcomes in today's data driven world," said Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President, IBM Systems and Technology Group. "

In support of Big Data, Analytics, and virtualization, IBM is releasing new IBM Flex System x880 X6 eight-socket, x480 X6 four-socket, and x280 X6 two-socket compute nodes. These are powered by the Intel Xeon E7-4800 v2 family of processors and according to internal IBM tests, the properly configuredeight-socket nodecan provide almost 300 percent faster performance than the prior top of the line four-socket running the first generation Intel E7-4870 v1 processor.

The Flex System X6 compute nodes are expected to be generally available around June 13, 2014 with a starting price of 15,700 USD.

IBM is also releasing a new IBM System x3100 M5 single-processor tower or rack mountable server designed for small to mid-sized businesses and distributed environments. The x3100 M5 is equipped with a single quad-core CPU from the Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3 "Haswell" family of processors. It supports up to 32GB of 1600MHz DDR3 system memory with four DIMM slots.

The System x3100 M5 is expected to be generally available around June 18, 2014 with a starting price of 755.00 USD.

IBM PureFlex Solution for Parallels - IBM's PureFlex System is a system-optimized software stack with compute, storage, network, and management software for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to integrate Infrastructure as a Service, Web, Software as a Service, and other core services for clients on the Parallels Automation software platform.

The PureFlex Solution for Parallels is available today.

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