IBM gets ready for next generation storage with XIV acquisition


IBM gets ready for next generation storage with XIV acquisition

Antony Savvas

IBM is improving its next-generation storage technology portfolio with the acquisition of XIV of Israel.

XIV's technologies and employees will become part of the IBM System Storage business unit of the IBM Systems and Technology Group. Financial terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

"The acquisition of XIV will further strengthen the IBM infrastructure portfolio long term and put IBM in the best position to address emerging storage opportunities like Web 2.0 applications, digital archives and digital media," said Andy Monshaw, general manager of IBM System Storage.

To address new requirements associated with next generation digital content, IBM chose XIV and its Nextra architecture for its ability to scale dynamically, heal itself in the event of failure, and self-tune for optimum performance.

The XIV architecture is also designed to automatically optimise resource utilisation of all the components within a system, which can allow for easier management and configuration and improved performance and data availability, said IBM.

The Nextra architecture has been in production for more than two years, with more than four petabytes of data capacity being used by existing customers.

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