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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 

Last year, IBM sold its low-end x86-based server business to Lenovo and concentrated on its high-end Power-based XIV. Now whether your storage system is based on x86, Power, or any other processor, it can be managed by IBM's Spectrum Storage solution that can centrally manage more than 300 different storage systems, handling yottabytes (trillions of terabytes) of data.

Netflix use IBMs XIV to provide 300,000 sub-millisecond transactions per minute with no downtime. (Source: IBM)

Based on the Open-Stack standard, IBM's Spectrum Storage consists of several key subsystems including Spectrum Accelerate, Spectrum Virtualise, Spectrum Scale, Spectrum Control, Spectrum Protect and Spectrum Archive.

IBM said this approach, which integrates flash, disk and tape systems, can cut storage costs by 90 per cent in many environments by automatically moving data into the most economical storage device for its usage.

"To achieve that goal, IBM had to focus on three critical requirements: highly mature technology for the underlying foundation, very good control environment and orchestration software, and open standards that include both a software specification and APIs," indicated Barrera.

IBM claimed that the key component, IBM's Spectrum Accelerate, is already optimising cost, improving performance and maximising security on more than 100,000 servers around the world including Netflix, the China State Grid and the City of Hope. Over 700 patents have been filed to protect IBM's intellectual property (IP) investment in Spectrum Storage.

For the future, later this year IBM promises to add a multi-cloud connector feature to Spectrum Storage that will dynamically migrate data across multiple clouds employing a "cloud-of-clouds" concept that protects against outages and security breaches.

- R. Colin Johnson
  EE Times

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