At an event in New York, IBM announced a range of new storage systems, including the Storwize V7000 that brings high-end features to midrange systems.
announced a series of new storage systems aimed at helping customers,
particularly midrange customers, speed the delivery of data for new workloads
that arise with the continued explosion of data as the world becomes more and
At an event at the posh Plaza Hotel here, IBM
unveiled its set of new storage systems that are optimized for workloads such
as transaction processing and real-time analytics, reflecting the company's $6
billion annual investment in research and development, said Rod Adkins, senior
vice president of the IBM Systems and
A standout among the new products announced is a midrange disk storage
system, called the IBM Storwize V7000, designed
to efficiently and cost-effectively manage the torrent of data flowing into
companies so it can be swiftly delivered for such workloads as transaction
processing-like the growing volume of transactions completed from the Web and
mobile and embedded devices, said Brian Truskowski, general manager of system
storage and networking at IBM.
The IBM Storwize V7000 system can help
simplify administrative tasks such as setup and management, IBM
officials said. And the new system can reduce storage rack space by up to 67
percent when compared with competitive offerings, allowing room for clients'
future growth. It also includes a highly integrated set of advanced software
for storage efficiency that frees clients from buying piece parts or making
trade-offs between price and capability.
"We're at an interesting inflection point in our industry where data is
changing the game," Adkins said. "What's required is continued
innovation. With this growth in data we will continue to deliver leadership
capabilities in analytics, security, compression, deduplication and archiving.
Our investment model will continue to focus around those activities."
Adkins called the Storwize V700 a "breakthrough midrange product."
He added, "We integrated virtualization, and you can pool your storage
resources, and not just IBM storage
resources, but any storage resources."
Truskowski said there has been a "feature gap in midrange storage,"
in that midrange storage systems "tend to struggle to scale."
However, the V7000 does not have that problem, as it is a modular system that
is designed to grow as a customer's needs grow.
"The first thing to note about the V7000 is the modularity of the
system and the ability to grow as you grow," Truskowski said. "You
can add up to nine enclosures and scale up to 240 drives. And the second thing
you notice about the V7000 is its ease of use."
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