Storage Demand Growing Rapidly

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2010-10-07 Print this article Print


Meanwhile, demand for storage capacity worldwide will continue to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 49.8 percent from 2009-2014, according to IDC. Businesses are struggling with the volume and evolving nature of the data they're already collecting. They are under pressure to turn this data into insight and are grappling with how they are going to store and secure it all. IBM continues to develop storage technologies, using its significant R&D spending to help clients not only manage data proliferation, but harness data to create insights for competitive advantages.  

Moreover, the new IBM storage systems build on other storage innovations from IBM. They include technologies that can eliminate the need to repeatedly make copies of the same data; scale-out storage technologies to support growth-particularly of unstructured data like video and photos-and high-performance workloads like cloud computing; and technologies to place the most critical data on fast, dynamic storage devices so it can be more quickly made available for workloads like analytics and mobile transaction processing.

According to an IBM press release, examples include:

  • The IBM ProtecTIER deduplication technology that IBM acquired in 2008 to help clients eliminate duplicate copies of data and significantly improve storage efficiency;

  • The IBM Real-time Compression Appliances-technology that IBM acquired earlier this year to help clients reduce physical storage requirements by up to 80 percent, based on data from currently installed appliances;

  • The XIV high-end disk storage architecture that IBM acquired in 2008. XIV's architecture enables it to adapt to changing workloads and deliver consistently high performance;

  • IBM's Scale-out Network Attached Storage (SONAS), invented by IBM Research to support multiple petabytes of storage in a single file system. Clients can also use XIV and SONAS together to create a complete cloud storage solution; and

  • The IBM Information Archive, which combines tape and disk storage to deliver to clients a tiered storage system that can protect data for long-term retention while helping optimize costs.  

The IBM Storwize V7000 system further demonstrates that IBM is sharing its most innovative storage technologies across its portfolio. For example, the system includes a graphical user interface (GUI) modeled after the popular XIV user interface designed to significantly reduce system setup and administration; Easy Tier software; and industry-leading storage virtualization software that has been shown to double productivity.  

IBM also introduced a range of other storage products, including:  

  • IBM System Storage DS8800, which based on internal studies, can offer up to 40 percent faster performance than its predecessor, the IBM System Storage DS8700 (6). The DS8800 will next year support IBM Easy Tier;  

  • Updated SAN Volume Controller software that includes Easy Tier, an improved administrator GUI and increased scalability as compared with the previous version of the technology;

  • IBM Systems Director Storage Control software that manages storage, servers and network technology through a single interface, reducing storage management complexity, risk and cost;

  • IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center v4.2 software, which has been enhanced for midrange systems; and

  • Implementation Services for Disk Systems - IBM Storwize V7000, using highly skilled storage specialists who will provide planning, implementation, configuration, testing and basic skills instruction. Using IBM services will enable clients to use in-house resources for higher priority business initiatives and can accelerate the return on investment in IBM storage technology.

"Organizations are struggling with the volume and evolving nature of the data they're already collecting," Truskowski said in a statement. "The IBM Storwize V7000 will deliver to clients a new level of storage efficiency that can help them better store and secure their data. IBM is combining home-grown storage innovations like our Easy Tier technology together with acquisitions of industry leading storage technologies such as XIV to deliver to our clients a truly unmatched portfolio of storage solutions."  


Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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