IBM Q4 Storage Ankündigung zu End-to-end NVMe, Spectrum Discover und mehr

Armonk (US), Starnberg, 24. Okt. 2018 - Umfangreiche Neuerungen im IBM Speicher- und Storage-Software-Portfolio; Lösungen für den kompletten Lebenszyklus von Daten...

Zum Hintergrund: IBM hat am 22. Okt. in USA eine Reihe von Neuerungen innerhalb seines Storage- und Storage Software Angebotes vorgestellt. Ein neues Storwize V7000 System (Gen3), das den 2,7-fachen maximalen Durchsatz gegenüber Storwize V7000 Gen2+ mit 24 Flash-Laufwerken und Softwarekomprimierung liefert, verglichen mit der neuen Storwize V7000 Gen3 mit 24 FlashCore-Modulen und Hardwarekomprimierung für datengesteuerte Arbeitslasten, erweitert die End-to-End NVMe-Fähigkeit auf die IBM Storwize-Familie. Das neue Storwize V7000-System beginnt als All-Flash-System und bietet diverse Erweiterungsmöglichkeiten. Eine auf KI-basierte Verwaltung verschiebt die Daten automatisch auf die am besten geeignete Storageebene (Tiering), auf Grundlage der jeweiligen Nutzungsmuster (policies).

Abb. 1: IBM Spectrum Discover, Übersicht (Bildquelle: IBM Storage Announcement Q4 2018)

Auf Grund des Umfangs und der Aktualität der Ankündigung finden Sie nachfolgend - basierend auf Informationen des IBM Originaltext zum Announcement vom 22. Okt. 2018 - die Zusammenfassung aller wesentlichen Neuerungen (Quelle-/Link > IBM Storage innovation from data creation to archive):

IBM Storage announces new NVMe offering, Spectrum Discover and more

"Today IBM is announcing a number of enhancements that provide end-to-end NVMe technology, faster performance, and increased capacity across nearly our entire flash portfolio:

  • A new Storwize V7000 system that delivers 2.7x maximum throughput Storwize V7000 Gen2+ with 24 flash drives and software compression compared with Storwize V7000 Gen3 with 24 FlashCore Modules using hardware compression for data-driven workloads when using compression and extends end-to-end NVMe capability into the IBM Storwize family. The new Storwize V7000 system starts as all-flash and offers significant expansion capabilities. Easy tier AI-based management automatically moves data to the most appropriate media tier based on use patterns.

  • Major expansion of lower latency and higher throughput Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) fabric support across our storage portfolio. Updates to IBM Spectrum Virtualize enable NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) support for Fibre Channel through a simple nondisruptive software upgrade for FlashSystem 9100 and many installed FlashSystem V9000, Storwize V7000F, SAN Volume Controller systems, and VersaStack that use those storage systems.

  • A new 16Gbps adapter adds Fibre Channel NVMe-oF support for FlashSystem 900, which has supported Infiniband NVMe-oF since February 2018. IBM is also outlining plans to add NVMe capability to IBM Cloud Object Storage software in SDS Configurations in 2019.Statements regarding IBM’s future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice and represent goals and objectives only.

  • Up to double the maximum storage density and effective flash capacity (after compression) for FlashSystem 900, which can help to reduce costs and further simplify storage solutions. New high-capacity 18TB module supports up to 44TB effective capacity after compression, compared with 22TB for previous module.

  • For DS8880, the number one family of storage systems supporting mainframe-based IT infrastructure, new custom flash provides up to double maximum flash capacityDS8882F: 737.3TB compared to previous 368.6TB; improvement varies by the same footprint. An update to our zHyperLink solutions helps speed application performance by significantly reducing both write and read latency.

  • A new entry level configuration is now available for IBM FlashSystem A9000R, delivering a 40 percent lower entry list price but no compromise on scalability. IBM has added the ability to use both high-availability HyperSwap and disaster recovery capabilities at the same time to enhance data availability. Finally, IBM plans to enhance FlashSystem A9000/R in 2019 with AI technologies from IBM Research to simplify capacity management with deduplication.

Data-driven business leaders need to be able to identify the right data to drive their analytics and when working with data, they need to keep that data moving. Our flash and NVMe enhancements help but new software solutions complement them:

  • IBM Spectrum Discover can help you to better understand your oceans of data, which, in turn can improve and accelerate large-scale analytics, ease data governance, and improve storage economics. By characterizing data for analytics, IBM Spectrum Discover can help improve competitive advantage and speed critical research. Based on technology from IBM Research designed to provide data insight of unstructured data for analytics, governance and optimization, IBM Spectrum Discover automatically enhances and then leverages metadata—data about your data—to provide these capabilities. At a time when data is growing at 30 percent per year, finding the right data for analytics and AI can be harder than finding a needle in a haystack. IBM Spectrum Discover rapidly ingests, consolidates, and indexes metadata for billions of files and objects from your data ocean, enabling you to more easily gain insights from massive amounts of unstructured data. IBM Spectrum Discover supports unstructured data in IBM Cloud Object Storage and IBM Spectrum Scale with plans to also support Dell-EMC Isilon in 2019.

  • IBM Storage Insights, cloud-based management for IBM block storage, leverages new AI technology to identify storage network “gridlock” which can slow applications to a crawl across your SAN. While very difficult to diagnose, Storage Insights embedded AI technology provides an ideal solution to solve this perplexing problem. When Storage Insights detects gridlock, it alerts IBM support staff who proactively call clients. Requirements for data protection and security never stand still. IBM is also announcing new capabilities to help protect data and enhance data security:

  • Regulatory requirements are critical for many businesses; IBM Cloud Object Storage small CD mode configurations support policy-based WORM and lockable vaults that can help meet these requirements even for smaller companies. IBM Cloud Object Storage also supports more distinct use cases with substantial increase in the number of vaults to support 1,500 unique environments.

In today’s world of cybercrime and ransomware, tape media plays a vital role in creating an “air gap” between servers and backup data copies.

  • New TS1160 tape drives support-doubled native capacity Compared with IBM TS1150 (20TB) and improved performance. These new drives are supported in IBM TS3500 and TS4500 enhancing those existing investments with greater capacity. Cost concerns are never far from mind, even when considering high availability.

  • IBM Storage Utility Offering provides cloud-like storage pricing for on-premises storage based on actual monthly usage, turning your storage budget from CAPEX into OPEX. Now, IBM Storage Utility Offering enables the acquisition of HA configurations (two systems) for a starting monthly rate from only 20 percent more than leasing a single system. Two IBM FlashSystem 9150 with twenty-four 19.2TB FlashCore Modules with 36-month SUO base commitment compared with typical 36-month lease for one similar system. IBM Storage Utility Offering has also been extended to include IBM TS7760 Virtual tape libraries.

In addition to all of the innovation noted above, IBM is enhancing a number of sophisticated new multicloud storage and data management solutions for next-generation applications:

  • IBM Storage Solution for SAP is designed specifically to provide enhanced data protection for SAP Hana environments leveraging the capabilities of IBM storage, IBM Spectrum Protect, and IBM Spectrum Copy Data Management. This solution is enhanced with SAP TDI certification of FlashSystem 9100, the new IBM Storwize V7000 model, and Elastic Storage Server

  • Supporting our clients’ adoption of blockchain, IBM plans to extend IBM Storage Solutions to include solutions supporting blockchain in 2019.

  • Finally, as clients embrace more and more multicloud solutions, IBM plans to make IBM Spectrum Virtualize for Public Cloud on Amazon AWS in 2019 (2), where IBM Spectrum Scale is already available."

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