Moreover, to drive this initiative further, IBM is announcing enhancements to several key products. For example, it is adding real-time compression to IBM Storwize V7000, as well as to the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC), the companys industry-leading storage virtualization system.
Unlike traditional storage systems that compress only low activity data, or data not frequently accessed, real-time compression on the Storwize V7000 and SVC systems compresses active data by as much as 80 percent, increasing total effective storage capacity by up to five times. In addition to real-time compression, IBM also added four-way clustering support for Storwize V7000 block systems that can double the maximum system capacity to 960 drives or 1.4 petabytes.
From the move to electronic records to the ballooning sizes of medical images, storage in medical centers as large as ours, is rapidly becoming ground zero for big data, Rick Haverty, director of the information systems division at the University of Rochester Medical Center, said in a statement. IBM has recognized the need to start approaching the management of the growing data volumes in a strategic, smarter way, through built-in intelligence, automation and the cloud, to gain greater performance, reliability and better economics.
IBM added efficiency and performance boosts to several other systems as well, including:
- IBM System Storage DS3500, designed for small and mid-sized organizations and DCS3700, designed with high-density for high-performance computing environments, now feature Enhanced FlashCopy capabilities that result in 50 percent more snapshots, designed to speed up backups; and thin provisioning, which helps increase utilization of disk storage while lowering storage costs by reserving unused pools of storage for applications on an as-needed basis.
- IBM Tape System Library Manager (TSLM) is new software that expands and can simplify the use of IBM TS3500 tape libraries by providing customers a single, consolidated view of multiple libraries. The TSLM works with multiple generations of enterprise and drives based on Linear Tape-Open (LTO) technology, and media to store data into a single reservoir of tape that can be managed from a central point through IBM Tivoli Storage Manager.
- IBM Linear Tape File System (LTFS) Storage Manager is new software that provides lifecycle management of multimedia files, such as large video files, to customers using IBM LTO 5 tape libraries and IBMs LTFS Library Edition. As a result, video archive licensing costs can be dramatically lowered, as well as video tape cartridge costs.
- Enhancements to the IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC) suite will enable organizations to better manage big data storage requirements. With a new Web-based user interface, TPC can radically change the way IT managers view and manage their storage infrastructures. Also new to TPC is the integration of IBM Cognos, which provides intuitive reporting and modeling that can enable customers to easily create high-quality ad hoc and customized reports for better decision making. TPC offers simplified packaging that provides comprehensive management, discovery, configuration, performance and replication in a single license.
In addition to these enhancements, IBM will advance the Smarter Storage approach further in the future when it announces plans to extend its IBM Easy Tier capabilities to direct-attached, server-based solid-state drives (SSDs) to help customers coordinate data migration between their disk systems and servers. IBM Easy Tier automatically moves data to the most appropriate storage, including multiple tiers of disk and SSD, based on policy and activity.
Meanwhile, once considered the domain of supercomputing, workloads such as simulations, computer modeling and analytics are increasingly being adopted by a broader set of mainstream clients to drive business benefits.