IBM has unveiled a new line of storage systems designed for high-performance computing and big data analytics operations.
The company said that its FlashSystem line, first announced in April, would now be available to enterprise customers. Based entirely on flash memory hardware, the storage appliances have been designed for high-perfomance applications that require instant access to data.
Such memory technology has been considered to be a primary component in big data applications where rapid access to large data stores is needed to perform complex analytics.
Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president for IBM's systems and technology, said: “Cloud computing and big data analytics are playing key roles in helping organisations lower operating expenses, improve efficiencies and increase productivity.
“But they’re also enabling greater and faster access to business insights, which is fundamentally transforming the ways in which organisations, public and private, are interacting with, learning from and supporting their customers.”
In addition to the FlashSystem update, IBM is updating its tape storage offerings. The company said that the Linear Tape File System Enterprise Edition would allow firms to integrate tape storage systems as a separate tier. In doing so, IBM believes that companies will be able to shift more storage to tape systems, potentially lowering storage costs.
The company is also updating its Easy Tier storage platform. Designed as an integration between the IBM Power server line and the company's storage appliance hardware lines, Easy Tier will allow applications to automatically switch between multiple storage tiers. IBM said that the system will help to boost storage performance by as five times.
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