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IBM Launches ‘Spectrum Storage’ For SDN And Hybrid Cloud

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IBM invests $1 billion into software-defined storage plan

IBM is set to invest more than £600m into its software-defined storage business over the next five years, the company said today.

The announcement was officially kicked off with the lauch of Spectrum Storage, an application portfolio that will help businesses manage their storage and data assets.

The move compliments IBM’s hybrid cloud realignment strategy, showing the importance of software-defined data centres entering the spotlight.

Spectrum Storage

“IBM’s Spectrum Storage portfolio can centrally manage more than 300 different storage devices and yottabytes of data. This device interoperability is the broadest in the industry – incorporating both IBM and non-IBM hardware and tape systems,” said IBM.

Spectrum Storage belongs to IBM’s XIV storage appliance software layer, and is aimed at the larger organisations utilising big data in hybrid cloud environments.

Spectrum Accelerate, one of the services in the new storage portfolio, is being tested with IBMcompanies such as Netflix and China State Grid.

“IBM Spectrum Accelerate enables clients to layer their infrastructure with intelligent features derived from XIV,” the company said.

“These features include unique architecture with zero-tuning that can help clients dynamically add storage capacity in minutes versus the months it takes today to add, install and run storage hardware systems”

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