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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.

Publish date: 11/19/10
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IBM peppers many storage products with Real-time Compression

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.

  • Premiered: 07/19/12
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Taneja Blog
Topic(s): Real-time Compression RTC SVC V7000 IBM Storwize NAS NFS
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Expanding IBM SmartCloud Storage with Storage Access

IBM is keeping itself busy by expanding SmartCloud offerings. SmartCloud Storage Access is a recent addition to SmartCloud portfolio.

  • Premiered: 02/08/13
  • Author: Taneja Group
Topic(s): IBM Storwize SONAS scale-out Cloud SmartCloud Storage Access
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The evolution of data deduplication technology continues

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
Topic(s): TBA Data Domain TBA Diligent Technologies TBA Exagrid TBA Quantum TBA Sepaton TBA Data Deduplication TBA backup storage TBA Avamar TBA EMC TBA Data protection TBA Virtual Server Environment TBA Primary Storage TBA Storwize TBA IBM TBA NetApp TBA Dell TBA Ocarina Networks
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Hitachi NAS Platform adds primary deduplication

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
Topic(s): TBA HDS TBA Hitachi TBA NAS TBA Deduplication TBA primary deduplication TBA HNAS TBA FPGA TBA BlueArc TBA Permabit TBA Ocarina Networks TBA IBM TBA Storwize TBA NetApp TBA Engenio TBA GreenBytes TBA Virtualization TBA virtual desktop
Profiles/Reports

Software-Driven Mid-Range Storage: Customer Value and the Software-driven IBM Storwize V5000

Whether a customer is making their first foray into external storage technology, or buying their 100th storage array, there is little doubt in most customers' minds that storage can be hard. Specialized storage technology, combined with significant cost and the critical nature of stored data, mix together to make storage one of the riskiest endeavors most IT practitioners will undertake.

Over the past two years, the storage market has exploded with offerings that provide more storage system choices than ever before. In part, this is due to the recent and rapid introduction of technologies like flash storage that have enabled new companies to bring to market fairly competent storage systems with significantly less engineering effort.

There is little doubt that the resulting competition and choice are a boon to the customer, as this can drive down prices, and compel vendors to innovate and deliver new features more aggressively. But sometimes, new technologies may leave lingering surprises for the customer - especially for those customers trying to build a long term and lasting storage strategy. Moreover, storage technology is changing in multiple dimensions. There is a revolutionary shift toward software-defined capabilities, while simultaneously media, controller architectures, virtual infrastructure integrations, and workload patterns are all simultaneously changing. In the midst of such change, it is more important than ever to be attentive to what really matters, and in a changing market, what matters is not always clear. In our view, the consideration of the storage practitioner must broaden, and consider a careful balancing act that considers both new capabilities - like agility and cost-optimizing software-defined functionality - and foundational storage underpinnings that are too easy to take for granted. In this product profile, we've turned our sights on a recent product introduction from IBM - the Storwize V5000 - to consider how IBM is integrating a broad swatch of new capabilities while building those capabilities on a field proven and deeply architected storage foundation.

Publish date: 04/01/14
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IBM N Series dropped from NetApp OEM deal, E Series stays

IBM this week went public with its plans to stop rebranding NetApp FAS arrays as the IBM N Series, although it will continue to sell NetApp E Series storage.

  • Premiered: 05/29/14
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Tech Target: Search Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA IBM TBA NetApp TBA SAN TBA NAS TBA Storwize TBA HPC TBA SONAS
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In the Cloud Era, The Era of Convergence Is Upon Us

The era of IT infrastructure convergence is upon us. Every major vendor has some type of offering under this category. Startups and smaller players are also "talking" convergence. But what exactly is convergence and why are all the vendors so interested in getting included in this category? We will explain below the history of convergence, what it is, what it is not, what benefits accrue from such systems, who the players are, and who is leading the pack in true convergence.

  • Premiered: 06/10/14
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA Virtualization Review TBA Virtualization TBA IT infrastructure TBA Converged Infrastructure TBA convergence TBA Networking TBA HDD TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Data Deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA Hybrid Array TBA Hybrid TBA Cloud Computing TBA Cloud Storage TBA Storage TBA Cloud TBA Hadoop TBA Storage Virtualization TBA Compression TBA RTO TBA RPO TBA DR TBA Disaster Recovery TBA Remote Office TBA ROBO TBA Compute TBA hyperconvergence TBA Server Virtualization
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General Purpose Disk Array Buying Guide

The disk array remains the core element of any storage infrastructure. So it’s appropriate that we delve into it in a lot more detail.

  • Premiered: 02/17/15
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: Enterprise Storage Forum
Topic(s): TBA Disk TBA Storage TBA VDI TBA virtual desktop TBA NAS TBA Network Attached Storage TBA VCE TBA VNX TBA HDS TBA EMC TBA HP TBA NetApp TBA Hitachi Data Systems TBA Hitachi TBA IBM TBA Dell TBA Syncplicity TBA VSPEX TBA IBM SVC TBA SAN Volume Controller TBA software-defined TBA Software Defined Storage TBA SDS TBA Storwize TBA Storwize V7000 TBA replication TBA Automated Tiering TBA tiering TBA Virtualization TBA 3PAR
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In the Cloud Era, The Era of Convergence Is Upon Us

What exactly is convergence and what is making vendors scramble to get included in this category?

  • Premiered: 06/10/15
  • Author: Arun Taneja
  • Published: Virtualization Review
Topic(s): TBA IT infrastructure TBA convergence TBA Storage TBA HDD TBA WANO TBA WAN Optimization TBA Storage Virtualization TBA Virtualization TBA Cloud TBA Data Deduplication TBA Deduplication TBA Compression TBA Hybrid Array TBA Hybrid TBA Backup TBA Hadoop TBA Cloud Storage TBA Hybrid Cloud Storage TBA Hybrid Cloud TBA Capacity TBA Disaster Recovery TBA DR TBA RTO TBA RPO TBA hyperconvergence TBA hyperconverged TBA VCE TBA VMWare TBA Cisco TBA EMC
Profiles/Reports

Got mid-sized workloads? Storwize family to the rescue

Myths prevail in the IT industry just as they do in every other facet of life. One common myth is that mid-sized workloads, exemplified by smaller versions of mission critical applications, are only to be found in mid-size companies. The reality is mid-sized workloads exist in businesses of all sizes. Another common fallacy is that small and mid-size enterprises (SMEs) or departments within large organizations and Remote/Branch Offices (ROBOs) have lesser storage requirements than their larger enterprise counterparts. The reality is companies and groups of every size have business-critical applications and these workloads require enterprise-grade storage solutions that offer high-performance, reliability and strong security. The only difference is IT groups managing mid-sized workloads frequently have significant budget constraints. This is a tough combination and presents a big challenge for storage vendors striving to satisfy mid-sized workload needs.

A recent survey conducted by Taneja Group showed mid-size and enterprise needs for high-performance storage were best met by highly virtualized systems that minimize disruption to their current environment. Storage virtualization is key because it abstracts away all the differences of various storage boxes to create 1) a single virtualized storage pool 2) a common set of data services and 3) a common interface to manage storage resources. These storage virtualization capabilities are beneficial to the overall enterprise storage market and they are especially attractive to mid-sized storage customers because storage virtualization is the core underlying capability that drives efficiency and affordability.

The combination of affordability, manageability and enterprise-grade functionality is the core strength of the IBM Storwize family built upon IBM Spectrum Virtualize, the quintessential virtualization software that has been hardened for over a decade with IBM SAN Volume Controller (SVC). Simply stated – few enterprise storage solutions match IBM Storwize’s ability to deliver enterprise-grade functionality at such a low cost. From storage virtualization and auto-tiering to real-time data compression and proven reliability, Storwize with Spectrum Virtualize offers an end-to-end storage footprint and centralized management that delivers highly efficient storage for mid-sized workloads, regardless of whether they exist in small or large companies.

In this paper, we will look at the key requirements for mid-sized storage and we will evaluate IBM Storwize with Spectrum Virtualize’s ability to tackle mid-sized workload requirements. We will also present an overview of IBM Storwize family and provide a comparison of the various models in the Storwize portfolio.

Publish date: 06/24/16
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IBM flash storage expands with midrange all-flash products

IBM's all-flash portfolio grows, with a new midrange and entry-level option, and the vendor adds a migration program aimed at EMC-Dell customers.

  • Premiered: 08/23/16
  • Author: Taneja Group
  • Published: TechTarget: Search Solid State Storage
Topic(s): TBA Arun Taneja TBA IBM TBA EMC TBA Dell TBA EMCDell TBA all-flash TBA All Flash TBA Migration TBA Storwize TBA FlashSystem TBA Cloud TBA hyperscale TBA Flash TBA SSD TBA Hybrid TBA IBM Spectrum TBA Virtualization TBA EMC VMAX TBA VMAX TBA XtremeIO TBA DSSD TBA NetApp TBA Microsoft NetApp TBA HPE TBA Pure Storage