IBM is taking its storage systems to a new level. Indeed, Big Blue's $6 billion annual research and development investment, along with recent acquisitions, are bearing fruit with the IBM Storwize V7000.
The Storwize 7000 is optimized for workloads like transaction processing and real-time analytics. This midrange disk-storage system is designed to manage the flood of data so it can be delivered for tasks such as processing transactions from web, mobile and embedded devices.
"Organizations are struggling with the volume and evolving nature of the data they're already collecting," said Brian Truskowski, general manager of IBM storage. "The IBM Storwize V7000 will deliver clients a new level of storage efficiency that can help them better store and secure their data."
Increasing Storage Demands
Big Blue pointed to IDC research that reveals the demand for storage capacity worldwide will continue to grow at a compound annual rate of 49.8 percent from 2009-2014. Social-networking sites, digital multimedia, and e-commerce are key data drivers.
IBM promises its solutions help companies categorize data in new ways. The Storwize V7000, for example, could be used to deliver electronic medical records to patients within minutes instead of days.
The Storwize V7000 system also works to simplify administrative tasks such as setup and management . IBM said its system can reduce storage rack space by up to 67 percent when compared with competitive offerings. The new solution, which relies on technology acquired from the July 2010 acquisition of Storwize, also comes packed with software for storage.
With Storwize, IBM acquired storage technology that can compress primary data, or data that clients are actively using, of multiple types -- from files to virtualization images to databases -- in real time, while still maintaining high levels of performance.
Storage Strategy Shift
The Storwize V7000 is a shift in IBM's strategy. For many years, IBM largely depended on LSI for its midrange storage products. At the same time, Big Blue was investing in storage R&D at the higher end, both in the DS8000 enterprise systems and in highly targeted solutions like the XIV systems, said Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT. (continued...)