Smarter Storage for data and cloud coming to Edge2013


It’s no secret that data has infiltrated our lives like never before. Our jobs, social contacts, community involvement and even family activities are more dependent than ever on having the right information available exactly when we need it to guide decisions and next steps. In our business dealings this new way of life is even more critical when having accurate information available in near real-time can make or break our success and the success of the companies we work for.

When I joined the IBM Storage team a little more than 10 years ago, I often heard that storage was becoming a commodity.  While hard drives may be a commodity, the continued innovation in IBM storage systems is amazing.  Because of innovations like Real-time Compression and Easy Tier, we know that companies of all sizes are spending too much money managing the explosion of data.

During a recent study by IBM and the University of Oxford we heard from clients who are dealing with massive volumes of data:

  • A global telecommunications company collects billions of detailed call records from 120 systems each day and stores them for at least nine months
  • An oil exploration company analyzes terabytes of geological data
  • A stock exchange processes millions of transactions each minute

On June 10, IBM will announce the next set of storage innovation to help tackle the challenges of managing data growth and help lower costs by transitioning to a cloud based infrastructure. These announcements will be made at IBM’s annual Edge event in Las Vegas which runs from June 10-14, a gathering of IBM clients, business partners and technical experts focused on managing IBM Storage systems, System x servers and IBM PureSystems.

At Edge you’ll hear about gaining actionable insights faster and having shared access to data anytime, anywhere across the globe. You’ll learn about laying the foundation for an efficient, virtualized, and scalable cloud storage infrastructure that lowers costs and is easier to manage. You’ll hear about rapidly deploying flash storage to improve both economics and performance.

These capabilities are made possible by IBM’s comprehensive storage portfolio that addresses the needs of all size businesses. The IBM Storwize family can virtualize an entire storage infrastructure – which is essential for efficient and flexible cloud deployments. The IBM FlashSystem™ portfolio delivers faster insights and can save money, energy, and space compared to a combination of disk with flash storage. IBM will also make important announcements about DS8870, XIV, Linear Tape File system Enterprise Edition, and Tivoli Storage Manager Operations Center.

This year’s Edge event promises to be a treasure trove of education, strategic vision, and networking – combined with exciting entertainment during the evening to recharge and relax. I hope to see you there.

David Vaughn is currently Marketing Manager, IBM Storage responsible for communicating client value for IBM Storage, digital and social marketing, sales and channel enablement, and client event support. You can reach him on Twitter @StorageDavidV

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