Items Tagged: Storwize
Midrange Reinvented - the IBM Storwize V7000
In this Product in Depth, we take a look at the IBM Storwize V7000 and how it has harnessed a unique range of sophisticated heterogeneous storage virtualization technology from the IBM portfolio of intellectual property, and turned these technologies into building blocks for a next generation mid-range storage array. The result is a unique foundation to unify the consolidating and virtualizing infrastructure.
You may recall that three years ago IBM picked up a small Israeli company named Storwize. That company sold an inline compression engine that sat in front of a NAS box and compressed/decompressed file data traversing the network. Its claim to fame was that it was 100% transparent to the application making the NFS call and, while it was indeed inline, it had zero impact on application performance. In fact, since the amount of data sitting on the storage box was approximately 1/3 the original size (average compression factor 3:1), reads were be faster from the disk. And since the Storwize box itself added only marginal latency, while it decompressed the data, the overall performance improved. Up until then, compression engines, which had been around for three decades or more, had always delivered compression at the expense of performance. That was simply the price one paid. Storwize broke the barrier for the first time.
IBM is keeping itself busy by expanding SmartCloud offerings. SmartCloud Storage Access is a recent addition to SmartCloud portfolio.
New technologies come to market as value-add features for existing mainstream products that are then later merged into these products. It's often the only way a new vendor can bring a product to market, like what happened with data deduplication technology.
- Premiered: 04/11/13
- Author: Arun Taneja
- Published: Tech Target: Search Data Backup
Hitachi Data Systems is offering primary deduplication in its Hitachi NAS Platform, a feature that was more than two years in the making.
- Premiered: 05/03/13
- Author: Taneja Group
- Published: Tech Target: Search Storage