1IBM’s Flash Storage Play: Inside Big Blue’s Move
by Darryl K. Taft
2IBM Launches Flash Systems
At an event in New York City, IBM launched new FlashSystem appliances and announced plans to invest heavily in boosting the use of flash technology.
3IBM’s Ed Walsh Sets the Tone
Ed Walsh, IBM’s vice president of storage systems marketing and strategy, welcomes attendees and sets the agenda for the FlashSystem event at IBM’s New York City offices at 590 Madison Ave.
4Steve Mills Makes Big Blue’s Case
Steve Mills, IBM’s senior vice president and group executive for software and systems, discusses why the company has taken a big bet on flash technology and introduces its new FlashSystem appliances.
5All-Flash Is About Economics
IBM says greater use of flash technology improves performance, reduces cost and enables new opportunities.
6The Time for Flash Has Come
Over the last 10 years, CPU performance, and DRAM, network and bus speed have all grown significantly, while disk storage speed has hardly improved at all. Enter flash.
7The New Tipping Point in Systems
IBM says flash represents a new tipping point in systems, given the performance gains the technology can deliver.
8Flash Saves Money and a Whole Lot More
Flash leads to lower software license costs, higher storage utilization, fewer servers, lower environmental costs, and lower operational and support costs.
9An Example of the Economics of Flash
In a real-world example, IBM shows how flash technology cuts costs at a wholesale provider.
10Use Cases for IBM Flash Storage
IBM says potential use cases for its flash technology include online transaction processing (OLTP) databases, computational apps, high-performance computing (HPC), cloud-scale infrastructures, virtual infrastructures and analytical apps.
11Flash Provides Durability
IBM said flash technology provides best-in-class durability with longer life.
12Introducing the IBM FlashSystem Storage Appliance Line
IBM’s new FlashSystem storage appliance line supports 22 million input/output operations per second (IOPS).
13IBM Demos the New FlashSystem
IBM demonstrated its new FlashSystem storage appliance running with IBM Power 780 system and IBM DB2 v10.5.
14IBM FlashSystem Solutions
Here are details on the IBM FlashSystem 820 and the SAN Volume Controller with FlashSystem 820.
15Flash Centers of Competency
IBM will open 12 flash Centers of Competency around the world for customers to do proof-of-concepts and more.
16IBM Customers Speak on Flash
IBM customers Thomson Reuters, Kroger, ViON and Sprint talk about their experiences with flash storage.
17The Customer Panel
From left to right, the panel of IBM flash storage customers are Bob Bruce, vice president of ViON; Rick Mattingly, director of IT infrastructure projects at Kroger; Al Candela, head of technology and service at Thomson Reuters; and Karim Abdullah, director of IT operations at Sprint.
18Moderating the Panel
Dave Vellante, co-founder of Wikibon, moderated the IBM customer panel.
19The IBM FlashSystem 820
Take a look under the cover of a FlashSystem 820 storage appliance.