Part 3of5: IBM Stretches the World of Storage
The storage world faces a number of challenges from sheer data growth (PB installations are now becoming more commonplace), rivers of information from new uses such as big data and the Internet of Things, and increasing complexity due to economically managing heterogeneous storage platforms in tight budget times. Finally, traditional isolated storage silos cannot handle all these challenges as effectively as needed.
Software-defined storage promises an answer to these challenges and, not surprisingly, IBM and other vendors view their software-defined storage portfolios as being essential. Elastic Storage is IBM’s codename for new software-defined storage software that includes core features/technologies, such as a parallel clustered file system (General Parallel File System).
But before considering what IBM Elastic Storage can do, we need to better understand soft-ware-defined storage in general.
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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Perspectives.