IBM has unveiled a range of storage products designed to make it easier for organisations to manage data.
The company said that storage capacity requirements are growing annually, and that its new releases address three "pain points" currently experienced by IT managers: how to enhance efficiency, boost the use of business intelligence and improve management.
The updated DS8700 disk storage system makes it easier for companies to manage data held in tiers, IBM said. A System Storage Easy Tier feature offers performance monitoring, and can eliminate the need for manual interaction while providing quick access to data for analysis.
The LTO (Linear Tape-Open) Ultrium format, meanwhile, can reduce energy consumption and storage costs, according to IBM, and is pitched at firms that generate a lot of media content.
Finally, a new 'many-to-one' feature in the ProtecTIER software package takes care of deduplication across disparate locations. IBM said that the feature will let multiple datacentres back up to one location, while stripping out any unnecessary data.
IBM also announced the latest version of its XIV storage system, which it said had 2TB drives and lower voltage processors.
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