IBM To Spend $1B To Develop Its Storage Software, Launches Spectrum Storage
Perhaps rightly assessing the significance of storage management in future, IBM is planning to upgrade its software portfolio by spending huge amount in the coming years. The company has said that it will spend $1 billion on the development of its software storage portfolio over the next five years.
Further, IBM is vowing to better the users’ experience in the storage environment with the launch of IBM Spectrum Storage. This Spectrum Storage is in part the software layer for XIV, which is the company’s high-end storage appliance specially designed for businesses with large data processing. XIV is designed to attract the companies towards cloud storage as it promises to facilitate the big data storage needs and high end requirements.
The Spectrum Storage portfolio is said to be not only cost-effective but efficient as well. The tech firm claims it to be capable of handling more than 300 different storage devices and yottabytes of data.
“IBM Spectrum Storage can help reduce storage costs up to 90 percent in certain environments by automatically moving data onto the most economical storage device — either from IBM or non-IBM flash, disk and tape systems,” IBM notes.
Part of this package is the IBM Spectrum Accelerate, which is designed to help enhance speed delivery of data across an enterprise. It is already being tested by a number of its customers including Netflix, China State Grid, and City of Hope National Medical Center. According to IBM:
“IBM Spectrum Accelerate enables clients to layer their infrastructure with intelligent features derived from XIV. These features include unique architecture with zero-tuning that can help clients dynamically add storage capacity in minutes versus the months it takes today to add, install and run storage hardware systems.”
Indeed, the market is inclining towards software-driven storage. And IBM is certainly endeavoring to maintain its pace with the fast-growing industry trend. IBM has cited a Gartner Study which says that by 2019, most of the storage array systems will be transferred to the “software only” forms.