This morning at IBM InterConnect, IBM executives Steve ‘Woj’ Wojtowecz and Michelle Steen kicked off a week of storage sessions with a broad ranging discussion that included Software Defined Storage, product announcements, and roadmaps.
Over 60 storage sessions this week! There will be presentations by customers, Business Partners, and IBM experts. Sessions will feature cloud solutions, storage for Big Data and Analytics, software-defined storage, data protection updates and more. My colleagues and I will blog about as many sessions as we can, so check the IBM Systems Storage blog for the latest news.
Michelle Steen, Ph. D.
Mgr., IBM Storage Product Management
Software Defined Storage
Last week, IBM announced Spectrum Storage, a Software Defined Storage family of solutions (For details, please see the IBM Press Release, Computerworld, Datamation, Woj’s blog or my blog). Software Defined Storage is the next logical iteration for the intelligence that manages storage systems. Originally, storage management software, such as RAID, ran on servers. At the time, there was no processing power available on disk systems. As disk systems became more powerful, the intelligence moved onto storage systems, where it could deliver better performance. Today, storage systems can be defined entirely in software, not tied to physical storage or servers, creating the opportunity to significantly reduce costs and improve business agility.
Software Defined Storage will be a key enabler for hybrid clouds, internet marketplaces and other applications that require data to be more mobile.
IBM’s approach to Software Defined Storage is more valuable to customers. Other approaches provide minimal capability and try to lock in a particular brand of hardware. IBM’s approach is open, comprehensive, and uses core technology that’s been proven in Data Centers, so it’s ready to be deployed today.
IBM Storage Insights (beta)
A new cloud-based solution running on SoftLayer, Storage Insights deploys in as little as 30 minutes and starts sharing insights immediately. For example, you can quickly identify unused and misallocated storage for reclamation, which can postpone the next storage capacity upgrade. Proprietary analytics from IBM Research provides storage tier optimization recommendations, which can reduce users’ per terabyte cost of storage by up to 50%. Application and department views of storage help data owners ‘see’ their storage, often for the first time. An optional Performance Management module helps troubleshoot application performance issues and optimize data placement.
IBM Virtual Storage Center v5.2.5
Virtual Storage Center (VSC) expands support for IBM Spectrum Scale (GPFS) and Elastic Storage Systems (ESS) file-based storage management. Version 5.2.5 new reports, hard and soft quota views, and performance management. Now, performance can be analyzed in near real time, from the perspective of the file system, its underlying storage, and the fabric in between. This update is the 3rd phased deployment of management capabilities for the Spectrum Scale platform, making VSC the most robust management software for Spectrum Scale.
Learn more about Virtual Storage Center on IBM.com.
IBM Tivoli Storage FlashCopy Manager v184.108.40.206
FlashCopy Manager (FCM) expands support to include Spectrum Scale snapshots. This addition provides new options for large file system owners. Now, one vendor supports the data owners’ choice of remote mirroring, managed snapshots, incremental backups and policy-based hierarchical space management. You don’t have to pay for the high cost option for all your data, as competitors often recommend.
Learn more about FlashCopy Manager on IBM.com.
Tivoli Storage Manager on the Cloud
IBM Business Resiliency Services announced the availability of Cloud Managed Backup services on SoftLayer, using Tivoli Storage Manager. The solution enables fast deployment of business-class hybrid cloud and cloud-to-cloud managed backup services. IBM has emerged as one of the top managed backup services for business workloads. TSM is the #1 platform in both signings and terabytes managed for IBM Cloud Managed Backup service.
Learn more about IBM Resiliency Services solutions on IBM.com.
Michelle Steen also introduced product roadmaps for both Data and Storage Management (Spectrum Control, TPC/VSC) and Data Protection and Recovery (Spectrum Control, TSM Family). There will be separate breakout sessions this evening and Tuesday afternoon. Please check back for separate blog posts on roadmap sessions. The future is about hybrid clouds, software defined storage, new performance / scalability limits, and usability.
About the Author
Mike Barton is a Worldwide Storage Marketing Manager at IBM. Prior to 2007, Mike was a Technical Manager and Principal IT Specialist for IBM, and a Sales Rep and Principal IT Specialist for Sybase. He holds ITIL Foundation and Gartner Group TCO Certifications. Mike has been with IBM over 15 years and has over 25 years of Information Technology experience. The opinions expressed herein are his own.