IBM FlashSystem Storage Appliances Launch With $1 Billion Investment
IBM announced a flash storage initiative with new FlashSystem appliances and a pledge to invest $1 billion in R&D into flash technology.NEW YORK—IBM announced a strategic initiative to drive flash technology further into the enterprise to help organizations better tackle the mounting challenges of big data and beyond. At an April 11 launch event here, IBM announced its new FlashSystem line of flash-based storage appliances, pledging to funnel $1 billion in investment into research and development of flash technology. The investment will go to R&D to design, create and integrate new flash solutions into Big Blue’s expanding portfolio of servers, storage systems and middleware. “We’re announcing three things,” said Ed Walsh, vice president of storage systems marketing and strategy at IBM. “We’re announcing a $1 billion investment in software and systems across IBM, 12 new Centers of Competency around flash and a new line of products called IBM FlashSystem.” Flash, a highly efficient rewritable memory, can speed the response times of information gathering in servers and storage systems from milliseconds to microseconds—orders of magnitude faster, IBM said. Because it contains no moving parts, the technology is also more reliable, durable and energy-efficient than spinning hard drives.
Such benefits have led flash to pervade the consumer electronics industry and be built into everything from cell phones to tablets. Today, as organizations are challenged by swelling data volumes, increasing demand for faster analytic insights and rising data center energy costs, flash is quickly becoming a key requirement to enable the Smarter Enterprise, IBM said.