IBM Commits $1 Billion to New Storage Software

IBM announced its new IBM Spectrum Storage software portfolio and pledged $1 billion over the next five years to change the economics of storage.

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IBM announced it is committing more than $1 billion over the next five years to deliver a new storage software portfolio designed to address data storage inefficiencies by changing the economics of storage with a layer of intelligent software.

To that end, Big Blue unveiled its new IBM Spectrum Storage software, which creates an efficient “data footprint” that dynamically stores every bit of data at the optimal cost, helping maximize performance and security.

The new IBM Spectrum Storage technology incorporates more than 700 patents and is designed to help clients transform to a hybrid cloud business model by managing massive amounts of data in a fast and easy manner from a single dashboard. The software helps users move data where they want it—from flash storage for fast access to tape and cloud for the lowest cost.

The increasing use of cloud technologies is causing a seismic shift in the way companies store, move and use data. With the exponential growth in consumer data growing at nearly 50 percent year over year, companies are demanding faster, more cost-effective solutions to make smarter business decisions. This shift is also giving rise to a new paradigm of storing data—called software defined storage—that enables companies to manage massive amounts of data from a single dashboard.

"A new approach is needed to help clients address the cost and complexity driven by tremendous data growth," said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president of IBM Systems, in a statement. "Traditional storage is inefficient in today's world where the value of each piece of data is changing all the time. IBM is revolutionizing storage with our Spectrum Storage software that helps clients to more efficiently leverage their hardware investments to extract the full business value of data."

Rosamilia said IBM's $1 billion investment will focus on research and development of new cloud storage software, object storage and open standard technologies including OpenStack.

Moreover, IBM has accelerated its roadmap to extract intelligence from its traditional storage hardware products enabling clients to use it in any form—as-a-service, as an appliance, or, as software. The company's new IBM Spectrum Accelerate is the first software product IBM has delivered has based on the software from its XIV high-end storage appliance.

IBM Spectrum Accelerate enables enterprises to layer their infrastructure with intelligent features derived from XIV. These features include unique architecture with zero-tuning that can help clients dynamically add storage capacity in minutes versus the months it takes today to add, install and run storage hardware systems. The software can help provide business continuity for all committed data.

In addition, the IBM Spectrum Accelerate software is open, based on industry standards and available to be used on commodity hardware. Enterprises can use Spectrum Accelerate to pool existing datacenter resources to build their own scalable, hyper-cloud environment. The system's dashboard was created by the IBM Design Lab.