IBM today announced new storage products that are designed to reduce the cost and complexity of storing vast amounts of data while making it easier for clients to apply analytics and gain insight from the data.
IBM?s DS8700 disk storage system will now include a new technology invented by IBM Research that can make it easier and more economical to manage data in tiers. IBM's System Storage Easy Tier feature uses ongoing performance monitoring to move only the most active data to faster solid-state drives (SSDs), which can eliminate the need for manual storage tier policies and help reduce costs. By automatically placing clients' most critical data on SSDs, Easy Tier provides quick access to data so it can be analyzed for insight as needed to provide competitive advantage.
IBM is also today introducing new solutions ideal for storing unstructured retention data -- the IBM Long Term File System and LTO Ultrium Generation 5 tape drive offerings.
The LTO (Linear Tape-Open) Ultrium format is an open tape storage technology that can help dramatically lower energy consumption and potentially reduce storage media costs up to 10 times. The IBM Long Term File System uses LTO-5 technology for a simpler, less expensive way to provide file system access to the very large data archives created by unstructured data.
IBM is also adding a "Many-to-one" replication feature to its ProtecTIER deduplication technology that allows multiple data centers or remote offices to replicate backup data to a central location. By stripping out duplicate data before it?s replicated, ProtecTIER can reduce the bandwidth needed to send the data by 95% or more.
The latest version of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager can be used to collect, manage and retrieve the data stored on ProtecTIER. IBM Tivoli Storage Manager provides a broad range of advanced data management capabilities, including backup, archive, migration, and data reduction including, all under a unified recovery management framework that simplifies administration.
IBM is also announcing the latest version of its XIV Storage System. With 2 TB drives and lower voltage processors, the new version can double capacity and help reduce peak power usage by up to 59 percent.
For more information on IBM Storage, go to www.ibm.com/systems/storage/.