IBM Extends Scope of Software-Defined Storage Reach

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Moving to expand the scope and reach of its software-defined approach to storage, IBM today unveiled a series of updates to the IBM Spectrum Storage portfolio that make it simpler for IT organizations to encrypt data regardless of where it is stored in addition to being able to more aggressively compress data.

IBM also announced a new Hadoop File System interface to integrate its storage systems with Hadoop implementations that are rapidly emerging as the “data lake” from which all data in the enterprise is derived.

Finally, IBM announced that its IBM Spectrum Control management and analytics software has been extended to IBM FlashSystem and IBM Spectrum Scale file and object storage systems. Last month, IBM unveiled a hybrid array based on Power processors, called the DS 8880 series, which scales to 3PB of storage at price points that start at $50,000.

Eric Herzog, vice president of IBM storage and software-defined infrastructure, says data management in the enterprise is rapidly evolving as cold data moves into the cloud, while hot data is continuously made available using Flash memory. The challenge facing IT organizations, says Herzog, is defining and setting policies that optimally place data on the right storage medium. As part of that effort, Herzog says IBM has decided to extend the reach of its encryption software to third-party systems.

Given not only the amount of data but also the varied nature of that data, Herzog says it’s clear that most organizations will need to move toward software-defined storage. The challenge and opportunity for IT administrators, says Herzog, is to find ways to manage and control that data at a level of abstraction that goes well beyond the devices in and out of the cloud that the data happens to be stored on.

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