IBM claims extended lead in storage virtualisation


IBM claims extended lead in storage virtualisation

IBM is claiming an extension of its lead in the storage virtualisation market, with the capture of a new contract with ShopKo, a US retailer of quality goods.


IBM now boasts 2,000 storage virtualisation customers, and the addition of ShopKo is seen very much as a milestone event, according to Kristie Bell, vice-president of IBM System Storage. "IBM's virtualisation software is providing customers with improved total cost of ownership, better utilisation, increased application availability and flexibility," she says.


ShopKo reconfigured its storage infrastructure to create a flexible storage virtualisation environment that is designed to improve total cost of ownership, reduce application downtime for data movement, and enable simple data migration within the infrastructure.


"Storage virtualisation was a key priority in the restructuring of our storage infrastructure," explains Ray Petersen, vice-president of operations and technology, ShopKo.


"We ultimately chose IBM because its virtualisation engine offering was clearly ready for primetime. We wanted to take advantage of the capabilities [IBM’s] San Volume Controller offers for heterogeneous management, and we are already seeing a vast improvement in performance and availability, as well as significant cost savings."


ShopKo has now completed implementation of a tiered storage infrastructure based on IBM disk and virtualisation technology. The information-on-demand environment has reduced back-up time for major applications by as much as two-thirds and ShopKo says it has improved overall application response time. IBM hopes the virtualisation solution is expected to provide ShopKo with nearly £1.1m in additional savings over the next four years.

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