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CLOUD Executive Perspective Infrastructure Worldwide

Hybrid cloud and all-Flash take your business to the next level

Hybrid cloud technologies and Flash storage are crucial to your customers’ business. IBM’s announcement this week of new hybrid cloud solutions and all-Flash offerings based on our award-winning IBM Spectrum Storage family underscores IBM’s continuing commitment to delivering the best in hybrid cloud solutions for our mutual clients. The IBM Institute for Business Value1 reports that public clouds are on the rise in nearly 80 percent of companies, and more than twice as many high-performing organizations have started cloud initiatives as low-performing organizations.

Our November 2 announcements provide enhanced hybrid cloud capabilities across our all-Flash storage families built with IBM Spectrum Scale and IBM Spectrum Virtualize, including IBM Storwize V7000F and 5030F, IBM FlashSystem V9000, IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and all-Flash VersaStack solutions.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize hybrid cloud capabilities enable your clients to practically and cost-effectively modernize their IT infrastructures by adding hybrid cloud storage capabilities to their on-premises storage. Leveraging powerful storage virtualization within IBM Spectrum Virtualize, your clients will expand the abilities of their existing storage (including almost 400 systems from IBM and other vendors) using very cost-effective operational budgets rather than major new CapEx expenditures. At the beginning of the year, we announced transparent cloud tiering for IBM Spectrum Scale. Now we’re introducing cloud data sharing, allowing IBM Spectrum Scale to share file and object data across on-premises and cloud storage to support cloud-native applications.

The new hybrid cloud capabilities in IBM Spectrum Virtualize and IBM Spectrum Scale join existing hybrid cloud support in IBM Spectrum Protect, Spectrum Scale, Spectrum Control and IBM Cloud Object Storage. Now you can offer your clients hybrid cloud solutions for all types of data on virtually all types of storage. None of our competitors can make this kind of comprehensive claim!

If your clients are looking to gain competitive advantage in the Cognitive Era, adding hybrid cloud storage for all their data means:

  • Dramatic savings to their OpEx and CapEx budgets, as well as staffing operational efficiencies
  • Improved productivity and agility with hybrid cloud for block data regardless of server or storage type
  • Transformative economics for retention, archive and recovery using cloud storage to complement on-premises storage
  • Improved development of cognitive applications, which rely on access to file and object data wherever it resides and in the manner that is most effective

Hybrid cloud capabilities are just the beginning. We’ve also announced a new high-density, all-Flash enclosure for the IBM Storwize family, FlashSystem V9000, SVC and VersaStack. Your clients can grow their storage to up to 32 PB of Flash in a single clustered system without disruption, making this the best system to deploy private cloud solutions.

And the new IBM DS8880 high-performance Flash delivers twice the performance for faster decision-making on large data—ideal for those clients running critical applications such as core banking on IBM z Systems and IBM Power Systems.

We are also proud to announce the IBM DeepFlash Elastic Storage Server (ESS), part of the IBM Spectrum Scale family of solutions. This scalable all-Flash solution for unstructured data, big data analytics and cloud-native applications delivers eight times the performance of previous ESS systems on application benchmarks.

Every day, clients trust you to guide them through the maze of storage choices. With IBM’s award-winning storage solutions, you can confidently help your clients increase the value of their current infrastructure while leveraging new hybrid cloud capabilities. Let me know what you think by using the comments feature below.

Eric Herzog (@zoginstor)
Vice President Marketing, IBM Storage and Software Defined Storage

For more information go to:

The IBM Systems and Storage announcement page on PartnerWorld

The public announcement: IBM Drives Cloud Storage with New All-Flash and Software Defined Solutions

(1) IBM Institute for Business Value: “Tailoring hybrid cloud: Designing the right mix for innovation, efficiency and growth

Eric Herzog is Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President, Worldwide Storage Channels for IBM Storage Systems and Software-Defined Infrastructure. Eric’s responsibilities include worldwide product marketing and management for IBM's award winning family of storage solutions, software defined storage, integrated infrastructure, and software defined computing, as well as responsibility for global storage channels. Herzog has over 30 years of product management, marketing, business development, alliances, sales, and channels experience in the storage software, storage hardware, and storage solutions markets, managing all aspects of marketing, product management, sales, alliances, channels, and business development in both Fortune 500 and start-up storage companies. Herzog holds a B.A. degree in history from the University of California, Davis, where he graduated cum laude, studied towards a M.A. degree in Chinese history, and was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta honor society.

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  1. ccolle@ca.ibm.com'

    Claire Colle

    Eric, thank you for an informative blog. The depth and breath of IBM’s Storage offerings is unsurpassed. This latest set of announcement emphasizes IBM’s leadership position. And we want to help our Business Partners win with IBM Storage every day!


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