IBM Continues to Advance Its Strategic Storage Investments

In 2015, IBM announced that it would spend $1 billion on R&D over the coming five years. Recent enhancements in its SDS portfolio — namely the family — reflect how that ongoing investment is benefiting storage users and IBM customers.

IBM Spectrum Storage family: Responding to changing times

Regarding IBM’s Spectrum Storage family, recall what SDS is and why just one product won’t do. SDS decouples the software that manages storage from the underlying physical storage hardware. That increases the flexibility of deployment. So customers can choose to use software-only with virtually any heterogeneous storage systems, i.e., not necessarily IBM storage, although all or part of the mix could include IBM equipment.

A second SDS deployment model is with an appliance. In the case of selected IBM Spectrum Storage products, the software can be sold with specific IBM hardware making it a more traditional approach, but it also means that the software can take fuller advantage of the underlying physical hardware. An example is the tight coupling of the with that results in a high-capacity, all- (meaning high performance) system (called DeepFlash Elastic Storage Server) with the scale-out file management capabilities. A third SDS deployment model is as the foundation of a service. Since the “” in its many permutations and manifestations continues to proliferate applications and data, SDS can provide the support needed for accompanying storage systems.

But why the need for multiple products? The answer is that the variety of applications and data types continues to explode in numerous dimensions, all of them additive with none taken away. Traditional block-based, structured data online transaction processing systems and file-based systems, such as for semi-structured data as document management, are still critically important. But now, big data, Internet of Things, Web-based applications, and mobile applications are taking center stage, as well.

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NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT Review.

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