In today’s digital world, this growth is driving the need for new thoughts around the cost and complexity of managing storage, a desire for hyper efficiency to get the absolute most out of storage resources is now the norm. This requires new inventions in storage techniques and data analytics. You have likely heard of cloud. In fact, you probably back up some portion of your data to a cloud service today, either from your personal computer, tablet, or smart phone. These services enable self-service delivery of storage and are built on an integrated, optimized infrastructure. Services like these are a model for doing business that can be translated into datacenters all over the world.
The IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center is the cornerstone of our storage cloud services because it enables users to easily migrate to an agile, cloud-based storage environment—and then to manage it effectively. VSC delivers unique capabilities for our customers including automated provisioning of virtual storage resources pooled across heterogeneous storage platforms, built-in efficiency features that remove traditional barriers to increase the utilization of your existing storage assets, and non-disruptive data mobility so that your data is available no matter where you are. Storage can be provisioned directly from a catalog in a self-service fashion and then placed on the appropriate class of storage based on the required characteristics of the workload, with integrated data protection and resiliency to match service level requirements. As workload characteristics change over time, VSC can help reduce costs by migrating less critical data to less expensive media.
A large United Kingdom-based investment and insurance company recently implemented IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center to build a more flexible, automated approach to managing data that they had not previously been able to. Their IT department is now able to offer an improved service to all lines of business at a far lower cost. They have been able to reduce the amount of physical disk drives they will need to invest in moving forward, while improving performance, which has allowed them to redistribute their IT budget into other key areas.
Here in the United States, one of our major telecom providers has been leveraging Virtual Storage Center to increase the utilization of their storage assets to over 80%, while reducing their reliance on tier 1 storage to greatly improve their total cost of ownership. In addition, they have been able to automate many of the manual tasks associated with managing their enterprise data center, freeing IT resources to focus on strategic initiatives.
IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center has experienced a meteoric rise within our storage software portfolio, with over 60 new customers in just one quarter of general availability. This integrated approach to dealing with the major obstacles in enterprise data centers has been well received by analysts and customers alike. Leveraging key capabilities from our existing storage software portfolio, built on years of experience and leadership, IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center has helped customers address the demands of rapid storage growth and provide built in resiliency to ensure 24x7 operations.
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