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IBM launches all-flash storage products

IBM has launched new, enterprise-class, all flash storage designed to provide small, mid-sized organisations and global enterprises with primary storage for cloud or cognitive applications and workloads.

The company also announced its new ‘Flash In’ product, a storage migration program designed to help companies looking to use IBM’s expertise, such as IBM clients Dell and EMC, to easily transition to IBM storage solutions to enable cloud and cognitive services.

‘This announcement addresses a clear need for clients that require a substantial increase in storage performance but at a price that’s in line with the reality of today’s datacentre budgets,’ said Ed Walsh, general manager of IBM Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure. ‘As an essential part of a company’s primary storage strategy, IBM’s new all-flash solutions provide robust security and the reliability that organisations need as they move to cloud and cognitive environments.’

Many cloud users are embracing all-flash storage to deliver speed and response times necessary to support growing data workloads across public, private and hybrid cloud environments, as well as the demands of cognitive applications and workloads. IBM’s new all flash ‘Storwize’ storage arrays aim to meet the needs of users across a wide breadth of primary storage applications and workloads.

Built with IBM Spectrum Virtualizethe Storwize all-flash products reduce the cost and complexity of data centre and cloud environments. The IBM management software improves storage efficiency with features such as real-time data compression, thin provisioning, and snapshotting across nearly 400 different storage arrays from a multitude of vendors.

IBM Spectrum Virtualize also optimises data security, reliability, and operational costs. The software automatically tiers and migrates data from one storage array to another, provides secure data at rest encryption, and remotely replicates data for disaster recovery and business continuity purposes.

IBM Storwize V7000F and IBM Storwize 5030F also bring enterprise-class availability and function to mid-range and entry-level all-flash storage delivering greater performance and requiring less time to provision and optimise systems.

The new IBM Storwize storage solutions will be available worldwide from IBM and through IBM Business Partners beginning early September. Pricing begins at $19,000.

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