Recently, IBM announced the launch of three new all-flash arrays to help enterprises address the challenge of accessing massive amounts of data when using cloud-based applications and workloads.

“The drastic increase in volume, velocity, and variety of information is requiring businesses to rethink their approach to addressing storage needs, and they need a solution that is as fast as it is easy,” Greg Lotko, general manager of IBM Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure, said in a statement. “IBM’s flash portfolio enables businesses . . . to derive greater value from more data in more varieties, whether on premises or in a hybrid cloud deployment.”

Cloud Apps Driving Low Latency Demands

The proliferation of cloud-based applications that enterprises are offering their clients is generating increased demand for faster response times to ensure a positive customer experience, the company said. One way the new products will address the issue is with something it calls MicroLatency, a technology that transfers data within the flash array via hardware instead of the added layer of software.

The new all-flash arrays will combine a number of other features to address the issue of data transfer latency in cloud applications, including quality of service to prevent the impact "noisy neighbor" problems have on application performance; secure multi-tenancy; thresholding; and easy-to-deploy grid scale out, the company said.

The three new arrays include the FlashSystem A9000 (pictured above), the FlashSystem A9000R, and the IBM DS8888. The A9000 is a fully configured machine designed to help organizations drive down the cost of implementing all-flash storage environments. The A9000R, on the other hand, is based on grid architecture to make it easy for organizations to scale their storage arrays up to the petabyte range, if necessary.

Both models incorporate data reduction features, including pattern removal, deduplication and real-time compression, as well as IBM FlashCore technology to deliver low latency performance.

The IBM DS8888, meanwhile, is designed to be an optimized system for enterprise class servers that host files such as customer databases and data-intensive applications.

Increased Productivity, Shorter Boot Times

The company said the new all-flash solutions will complement its existing all-flash storage portfolio, including products such as the FlashSystem 900 and V9000, both of which also incorporate FlashCore technology.

IBM said organizations that regularly use data-intensive workloads, such as data-centric government agencies responsible for large data sets, will benefit the most from the new arrays.

"The workloads our department manages include CAD files for land mapping, geographic information system (GIS) applications and satellite imagery for the over 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands we’re responsible to oversee,” said William Reed, chief technology officer at the Arizona State Land Department.

The department is one of the organizations using IBM’s FlashSystem, which Reed said has helped increase client productivity seven times while reducing virtual machine boot times by more than 85 percent.

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