IBM announces largest ever launch of storage products to support firms’ move to cloud computing


IBM announces largest ever launch of storage products to support firms’ move to cloud computing

Antony Savvas

IBM has announced its largest ever launch of new storage hardware, software and services to support organisations' move towards cloud computing delivery.

Cloud computing sees services and applications distributed to users across the internet.

"The new offerings are designed to enable businesses, governments and other institutions to transform static data managed in silos into more dynamic information, that is accessible by individuals wherever they go in a cloud computing environment," said Big Blue.

As users now look to take their information with them and have access on the move, businesses are struggling with outdated datacentres which are unable to handle the increased information management demands, said IBM.

As part of its New Enterprise Data Center strategy, IBM has unveiled over 30 new and upgraded products and services across the IBM portfolio to address these demands.

These include a highly scalable disk storage system designed to handle a diverse mix of information. Developed from IBM's XIV acquisition in January, it offers features a grid-based architecture.

IBM said it offers easier management, greater performance scalability, self-tuning/healing and thin provisioning to help reduce the cost and complexity of information storage, whilst enabling consistently quick access to data.

IBM is also introducing the new DS5000 disk storage system, which can add interfaces, increase performance, grow capacity in response to internet scale demands, and be reconfigured on-the-fly.

In addition, IBM is offering the new SVC storage virtualisation software. This helps users to more efficiently manage and consolidate volumes of business data, providing them with a storage system designed to help improve utilisation rates, energy efficiency, availability, and scalability of critical applications.

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