IBM unveils swathe of new technologies

Company announces hardware and software updates, upgrades and new technologies

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By  Georgina Enzer Published  June 7, 2012

IBM has announced new performance and efficiency enhancements to its storage and technical computing systems, which is designed to accelerate its Smarter Computing initiative.

IBM has debuted performance enhancements to several key storage systems and the Tivoli Storage Productivity Centre suite as well as a new strategic approach to designing and managing storage infrastructures with greater automation and intelligence.

The company has also announced its first offerings that incorporate software from IBM's acquisition of Platform Computing earlier this year.

These offerings are intended to help a broader set of enterprise customers use technical computing to achieve faster results with applications that require substantial computing resources to process growing volumes of data.

"Enterprises are dealing with data that is increasing exponentially in both size and complexity," said Rod Adkins, senior vice president of IBM Systems & Technology Group. "The enhanced systems and storage solutions we're announcing today have the performance, efficiency and intelligence to handle this Big Data. This is smarter computing that allows our clients to organise and analyse their data to better understand and serve their customers."

IBM recently announced a formal approach behind its Smarter Computing initiative, called IBM Smarter Storage. With this approach, customers are able to architect storage infrastructures that are designed to leverage such technologies as Real-time Compression and automated tiering to help get more performance out of their systems, faster and for less cost.

IBM is also announcing enhancements to a several key products. It is adding real-time Compression to IBM Storwize V7000, as well as to the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) storage virtualisation system.

Real-time Compression on the Storwize V7000 and SVC systems is designed to compress active data by as much as 80%, increasing total effective storage capacity by up to five times. In addition to Real-time Compression, IBM also added four-way clustering support for Storwize V7000 block systems that is designed to double the maximum system capacity to 960 drives or 1.4 petabytes.

"From the move to electronic records to the ballooning sizes of medical images, storage in medical centers as large as ours, is rapidly becoming ground zero for Big Data," said Rick Haverty, director of information systems division at the University of Rochester Medical Centre. "IBM has recognised the need to start approaching the management of the growing data volumes in a strategic, smarter way, through built-in intelligence, automation, and the cloud, to gain greater performance, reliability and better economics."

IBM added efficiency and performance boosts to several other systems as well, including: IBM System Storage DS3500; IBM Tape System Library Manager (TSLM);

and IBM Linear Tape File System (LTFS) Storage Manager.

The company has also announced plans to extend its IBM Easy Tier capabilities to direct-attached, server-based SSDs to help customers coordinate data migration between their disk systems and servers. IBM Easy Tier is designed to automatically move data to the most appropriate storage, including multiple tiers of disk and SSD, based on policy and activity.

IBM's portfolio of hardware platforms is now being enhanced with software to create integrated solutions that are designed to help enterprises more quickly derive value from high performance applications that require a lot of computing power and data.

The hardware platforms that have been enhanced include; The IBM Platform Symphony family; the IBM System x Intelligent Cluster integrated with IBM Platform HPC software; the High Performance Computing (HPC) Cloud portfolio from IBM expanded with the new IBM Platform Cluster Manager; and the new IBM Platform Cluster Manager.

These new offerings are designed to help IBM aggressively pursue the over $20.3 billion combined opportunity for technical computing, which IDC is projecting for 2012 and that is expected to grow at 7.6% annually to almost $29.2 billion by 2016.

Other technical computing offerings IBM is announcing today include:

IBM Platform LSF; IBM General Parallel File System (GPFS); and IBM System x iDataPlex dx360 M4.

The company is also offering a suite of services encompassing virtualisation, automation and cloud technologies and that address the supply and demand side of storage. The new offerings use analytics and automation to infuse intelligence into everyday workflow with tools and services.

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