IBM has unveiled a new line of all-flash storage appliances based on technology gained from the acquisition of Texas Memory Systems (TMS) last year.
The move is part of a wider initiative to integrate flash memory into its portfolio of servers, storage systems and middleware, in order to boost performance of analytics and big data applications, the firm said.
Available now, the FlashSystem line initially comprises the IBM FlashSystem 710 and 810, plus the high availability FlashSystem 720 and 820 models. All models ship in a 1U rack-mount "pizza box" enclosure, with the top-of-the-line FlashSystem 820 able to hold up to 24TB of data.
While the FlashSystem 710 and 810 are designed to boost the performance of critical enterprise applications, such as data warehousing and content delivery networks, the high availability models are intended to speed online transaction processing databases, technical computing applications and cloud-scale infrastructure.
The FlashSystem 710 and 720 utilise single-level cell (SLC) flash components, while the FlashSystem 810 and 820 instead use enterprise multi-level cell (eMLC) parts, with performance claimed to be up to 20 times faster than spinning hard drives, according to IBM.
Host connectivity options comprise four 8Gbits Fibre Channel and four 40Gbit/s QDR InfiniBand ports.
IBM also said it is investing $1 billion in research and development on flash storage, and plans to open 12 centres of competency around the globe to enable clients to run proof-of-concept scenarios designed to gauge the performance gains achievable with IBM's flash products.
"The economics and performance of flash are at a point where the technology can have a revolutionary impact on enterprises, especially for transaction-intensive applications," said Ambuj Goyal, general manager for Systems Storage in IBM's Systems & Technology Group.
UK pricing for the new FlashSystem storage appliances has yet to be announced.
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