IBM's storage capabilities come from home-grown technologies, as well as from acquisitions and input from other IBM groups such as Research and Software and from partners.
will continue to grow its storage capabilities with a combination of internal
growth, acquisitions and partnering in light of emerging competition in the
storage space, a high-ranking IBM official
an IBM event here to announce new storage
systems, Rod Adkins, senior vice president of IBM's
Systems and Technology Group, said IBM will
augment its storage capability in a variety of ways.
are investing heavily, and we will continue to invest heavily," Adkins
said. "We are No. 2 in storage hardware, No. 2 in external storage, No. 1 in
tape storage and No. 1 in archiving storage."
"You should expect from us continued investment around organic
development," Adkins said. "We will also continue to leverage certain
partnerships, and we've been much more active around acquisition content. Our
investment model is structured in a way that we are going to continue to
compete for this space with a combination of organic development, partnerships
part of that "organic development" Adkins is referring to includes
not only advancements coming out of IBM's
Systems and Technology Group, but efforts from IBM
Research and assistance from IBM's Software
group among others, said Brian Truskowski, general manager of system storage
and networking at IBM.
an interview with eWEEK, Truskowski said, "We get a lot of innovation out
of IBM Research. Like Easy Tier-that came
out of IBM Research. They've done a lot of
work for us around file systems and storage, and future-focused work around
storage class memory. And they help us look at how we see system memory and SSD
[solid-state drives] coming together over time."
Research also helps direct the IBM storage
team in terms of acquisitions. "They give us insight into potential
acquisitions as well as partnership opportunities, and help tell us what holes
we need to fill."
IBM System Storage Easy Tier software,
which was invented by IBM Research and can
improve performance by up to 200 percent, automatically moves the most active
data (such as credit card transactions) to faster SSDs to prioritize and
provide quick access to data for emerging workloads like analytics, while
moving secondary data (less urgent data to be saved, for example, for
regulatory requirements) to more cost-effective storage technologies.
storage team also works closely with IBM
Software Group, Truskowski said. "That's absolutely critical," he
said. "Our message around efficiency and cost improvement, that's an
end-to-end discussion-not just hardware or software. We partner a lot with Tivoli.
We do joint discussion involving product planning. And we make joint
investments in research."
Ganek, chief technology officer and vice president of strategy and technology
for IBM Software Group, was in attendance at
the event and spoke to how IBM software in
conjunction with IBM's storage systems can
help customers cut costs and add efficiencies.
instance, Ganek said IBM's new Storwize
V7000 along with IBM's Tivoli
software leads to 40 percent less total cost of ownership than competing
systems from competitors that do not leverage software such as IBM's
delighted to be partnering with our friends in the IBM
hardware world," Ganek said.
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