Today IBM announced announced plans to invest more than $1 Billion over five years to develop next-generation software-defined storage. The news came as part of the company’s launch of IBM Spectrum Storage, a new storage software portfolio designed to change the economics of storage with a layer of intelligent software. IBM’s new software creates an efficient “data footprint” that dynamically stores every bit of data at the optimal cost, helping maximize performance and ensuring security.
A new approach is needed to help clients address the cost and complexity driven by tremendous data growth,” said Tom Rosamilia, Senior Vice President, IBM Systems. “Traditional storage is inefficient in today’s world where the value of each piece of data is changing all the time. IBM is revolutionizing storage with our Spectrum Storage software that helps clients to more efficiently leverage their hardware investments to extract the full business value of data.”
With IBM Spectrum Accelerate software, customers can dynamically add storage capacity in minutes versus the months it takes today to add, install and run conventional storage hardware systems.
With this announcement, the company is making IBM Spectrum Accelerate software open – based on industry standards and available to be used on commodity hardware. Clients can use Spectrum Accelerate to pool existing datacenter resources to build their own enterprise-grade, scalable, hyper-cloud environment. Using a single, user-friendly dashboard created by the IBM Design Lab and industry leading designers, the software manages data flexibly and cost-efficiently across clients’ existing datacenters and purpose-built cloud environments.