IBM has launched a portfolio of software storage products under the Spectrum Storage brand, the first being a software defined storage (SDS) platform based on technology from the XIV storage systems.
It is designed to enable customers to "layer their infrastructure with intelligent features derived from XIV", IBM said, letting them add storage capacity in minutes compared with the months it can take to provision new storage hardware today.
As with other SDS platforms, Spectrum Accelerate is intended to run on clusters of x86 servers, in this case from three to 15, and use the servers' locally attached disk drives. It is deployed as a collection of virtual machines running on VMware's ESXi 5.5, with access via the iSCSI protocol.
Spectrum Accelerate includes a GUI-based management dashboard, and integrates with IBM Spectrum Control for consolidated management. It can also integrate with existing XIV Gen3 storage system deployments.
Consolidated management of up to 144 instances enables Spectrum Accelerate to deliver more than 40PB of usable capacity, according to IBM. It is delivered using virtual machines and can be deployed in the cloud, including on IBM's SoftLayer public cloud platform.
IBM states that Spectrum Accelerate provides an array of cloud-ready features and technologies, including snapshot, synchronous and asynchronous replication, multi-tenancy, automation through RESTful APIs and OpenStack, plus VMware vCloud Suite integration and self-provisioning.
"IBM is revolutionising storage with our Spectrum Storage software that helps clients to more efficiently leverage their hardware investments to extract the full business value of data," said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president of IBM Systems.
The Spectrum Storage portfolio includes other storage software products such as Spectrum Virtualise, Spectrum Scale (based on the IBM General Parallel File System), Spectrum Control, Spectrum Protect and Spectrum Archive.
IBM plans to invest more than $1bn in the new storage software portfolio over the next five years. The focus will be on research and development of further cloud storage software, object storage and technologies based on open standards including OpenStack.
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