Big data: IBM drives flash technology deeper into the enterprise

by CXOtoday News Desk    Apr 15, 2013

IBM

IBM today unveiled a strategic initiative to drive Flash technology further into the enterprise to help organizations better tackle the mounting challenges of Big Data.

Flash, a re-writable memory, can speed the response times of information gathering in servers and storage systems from milliseconds to microseconds—orders of magnitude faster. Because it contains no moving parts, the technology is also more reliable, durable and more energy efficient than spinning hard drives.

Such benefits have led Flash to pervade the consumer electronics industry and be built into everything from mobile phones to tablets. Today, as organizations are challenged by swelling data volumes, increasing demand for faster analytic insights, and rising datacentre energy costs, Flash is quickly becoming a key requirement to enable the Smarter Enterprise.

“The economics and performance of Flash are at a point where the technology can have a revolutionary impact on enterprises, especially for transaction-intensive applications,” said Ambuj Goyal, General Manager, Systems Storage, IBM Systems & Technology Group. “The confluence of Big Data, social, mobile and cloud technologies is creating an environment in the enterprise that demands faster, more efficient, access to business insights, and Flash can provide that access quickly.”  

To help lead this transformation, IBM today announced that it is investing $1 billion in research and development to design, create and integrate new Flash solutions into its expanding portfolio of servers, storage systems and middleware.

As part of that commitment, the company today also announced plans to open 12 centres of competency around the globe. IBM is currently targeting such centres in China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, South America, U.K., and the U.S. to be operational by the end of the year.

IBM today also announced the availability of the IBM FlashSystem line of all-Flash storage appliances, which are based on technology acquired from Texas Memory Systems. The IBM FlashSystem provides organizations instant access to the benefits of Flash.

Sprint Nextel Corp., an early adopter of Flash, recently completed a deal with IBM to install nine flash storage systems in its datacentre, for a total of 150TB of additional Flash storage.

The new IBM FlashSystem joins the company’s growing stable of all-Flash and hybrid (disk/Flash) solutions which include IBM Storwize V7000, IBM System Storage DS8870, and the IBM XIV Storage System.