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IBM's software-defined-storage unlocks door to all vendors

Posted: 19 Feb 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:IBM  cloud-of-clouds  software-defined-storage  data centres  cloud 

International Business Machines (IBM) has shattered the glass wall of exclusivity when it announced its software-defined-storage environment called Spectrum Storage. The technology has been tested and debugged for its own high-end XIV storage systems, and has now opened the door to data centres, clouds and hybrid clouds across the globe to embrace other vendors storage systems as well as their own, all managed from a single dashboard running on the web, iPad, iPhone and other mobile device.

IBM also announced it will invest $1 billion over the next five years redefining the next-generation of the software-defined-storage business. "The management interfaces an administrator has access to are now being made available through web interfaces and APIs, so without a lot of extra programming we made those management controls also available on apps that can run on a tablet or smartphone," said Clod Barrera, CTO of Storage Systems at IBM.

iPad dashboard can manage all the resources on a global hybrid cloud

An iPad dashboard can manage all the resources on a global hybrid cloud, as shown by Jamie Thomas, GM, storage and software defined systems IBM. (Source: IBM)

When asked if this meant IBM was getting out of the storage hardware business and dedicating themselves to software, Barrera responded adamantly "no."

Mobile app can be used to manage software-defined-storage systems

Even iPhone users can manage their software-defined-storage systems on hybrid clouds with a simple free app. (Source: IBM)

"The answer is absolutely not, the software-defined-storage model is a good complement to what we offer with our own fully integrated product," noted Barrera. "We will continue to do research and to investigate and innovate in fully formed appliances and separately we will develop storage software that can be retargeted to other vendor's hardware. At the end of the day, the needs and customer preference will decide where we spend our time and energy."

IBM XIV's now runs on the iPad and iPhone to giving administrators the ability to monitor storage performance and capacity from virtually anywhere. (Source: IBM)


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