IBM – Storage Made Simple
IBM announced new high-performance entry-level flash storage systems, as well as hybrid cloud and container-centric updates, in order to broaden its offerings of enterprise-class storage for businesses of all sizes. The figure below shows the announcements made by IBM.
According to IBM, the new FlashSystem 5200 has greater performance and capacity than its predecessor, the FlashSystem 5100. The 5200 also has a base price that is on average 20% less expensive (based on configuration). Other key attributes include:
· Hybrid Cloud & Containers: The IBM FlashSystem 5200, like the entire IBM flash storage portfolio, supports Red Hat OpenShift, Container Storage Interface (CSI) for Kubernetes, Ansible automation, and Kubernetes, as well as VMWare and bare metal environments.
· Enterprise Capabilities: The system also comes with IBM Storage Insights, which can give users visibility across complex storage environments to help them make informed decisions, and IBM Spectrum Virtualize, which enables users to consolidate and manage storage as if it were one pool, designed to improve performance and lowering operating expenses. Also included are such data resiliency functions as IBM HyperSwap which supports automatic failover in case of a site incident.
· Capacity: FlashSystem 5200 starts with 38TB of data capacity and can grow to deliver 1.7PB in a compact 1U form factor for space-constrained environments.
· Speed: Although FlashSystem 5200 is half the size of traditional storage systems, it offers 66% greater maximum I/Os than its predecessor and 40%1 more data throughput at 21GB/s, and is designed to help clients save on both capital and operating expenses.
In addition to the FlashSystem 5200, IBM also announced two additional models to the series that are designed to deliver improved performance: the FlashSystem 5015 and 5035, both of which are 2U systems, designed for organizations with less demanding performance and growth requirements but with the same rich IBM Spectrum Virtualize and IBM Storage Insights functions.
In addition to the new FlashSystem models, IBM announced plans to continue advancing hybrid cloud capabilities across its storage portfolio.
When made generally available in March, the company will add support for IBM Cloud Satellite to the FlashSystem portfolio, IBM SAN Volume Controller, IBM Elastic Storage System and IBM Spectrum Scale. The company says that IBM Cloud Satellite is being designed to enable companies to build, deploy and manage cloud services anywhere – in any public cloud, on premises and at the edge – with speed and simplicity. IBM Cloud Satellite will be delivered as-a-service from a single pane of glass and managed through the IBM public cloud and is currently in beta.
In addition, IBM announced plans to update IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud, software that enables clients to replicate or migrate data from heterogeneous storage systems between on-premises environments and IBM Cloud or Amazon Web Services. IBM plans to extend the same capabilities to Microsoft Azure starting with a beta program in the third quarter of 2021.
EditShare, a well know storage hardware and software provider for the media and entertainment industry recently announced that it has joined forces with HPE to deliver media management and storage solutions using HPE ProLiant servers. The company said that “With its world class platform technology, support, and international logistics capabilities underpinning the solution, HPE provides the perfect foundation by extending industry-leading security, performance and versatility for EditShare’s current hardware needs and future product roadmap, achieving economies of scale.”
Commvault recently announced that it is adding new data protection solutions, features, and enterprise workload support including: enhanced SaaS application protection with the introduction of Metallic Salesforce Backup and Microsoft Teams recovery enhancements; the addition of Oracle and Active Directory to Metallic Database Backup; and the expansion of its hybrid cloud capabilities with the addition of HyperScale X as a fully integrated appliance and edge offering for Metallic.
IBM made announcements of new all flash storage products for all sizes of enterprise customers as well as new hybrid/public cloud and service offerings, to make storage simple for all. Editshare is using HPE ProLiant servers and Commvault adds new data protection solutions to Metallic.
 With deduplication and compression applied, according to internal IBM testing.