IBM Commits $1 Billion to New Storage Software
IBM’s XIV architecture has been proven in large cloud environments with customers like Netflix, which recently turned to IBM for help creating a more agile storage infrastructure. The company deployed IBM XIV Gen3 storage systems to manage its databases, development, testing and back-up operations. As a result, Netflix was able to replace 16 existing storage systems with only three XIV systems for an 80 percent reduction in actual data center floor space, and it also expects the systems will enable the company to significantly boost its database transactions per minute. Moreover, other IBM customers such as NARI System and Integration Company, China State Grid’s IT division are looking to transform their business operations by using software defined storage and are testing IBM Spectrum Accelerate as they move toward a hybrid cloud environment. China State Grid has prioritized software defined infrastructure as a strategic imperative to deal with increasing complexity and costs of information technology services. NARI System and Integration Company, under NARI Group, a wholly owned subsidiary under the governance of China State Grid's IT division, is looking at IBM’s software defined storage technologies and is evaluating IBM Spectrum Accelerate. "In our testing, we found IBM Spectrum Accelerate provides the full functionality of the field proven XIV hardware appliance, giving us the agility and ease of deployment to use across our existing hardware infrastructure without sacrificing any features,” said Xu Ji, chief architect of NARI System and Integration Company, in a statement. “IBM Spectrum Accelerate is one of the most important platforms in State Grid's software defined strategy future."IBM Spectrum Accelerate includes an intuitive, easy-to-use GUI management dashboard called Hyper-Scale Manager that integrates with IBM Spectrum Control for consolidated management. The IBM Spectrum Accelerate GUI can be run on any browser enabled device, from desktops to iOS and Android mobile devices. The IBM Spectrum Accelerate offering also delivers an array of cloud-ready features and technologies, including snapshot, synchronous and asynchronous replication, multi-tenancy, automation through RESTful API and OpenStack, VMware vCloud Suite integration and self-provisioning.
Meanwhile, building off an IBM Research invention, IBM later this year plans to introduce a multi-cloud connecter as a software feature in IBM Spectrum Storage. This feature will be designed to help organizations to dynamically migrate data across multiple clouds, while keeping it confidential. The feature will employ a “cloud-of-clouds” approach that invokes the resilience of separate clouds to offer stronger protection against service outages and data loss than any single cloud can deliver.