Jamie Thomas: IBM to Offer Data Storage Tools in Software-Defined Model

IBM-logo EbizJamie Thomas, general manager of storage and software-defined systems at IBM, has said that the company’s storage business will leverage a software-defined model for its portfolio in order to facilitate enterprise data storage flexibility and interoperability.

IBM wants this new model to meet data analytics and storage needs amid a continuously growing volume of data that results from technology advancements in areas such as cloud and mobile, Thomas said Monday.

“The reality is that many of our clients are suffering from information overload, and data centers are feeling the pressure,” she said.

Thomas also said that software-defined storage “[enables] clients to choose the environment that best fits their needs, whether that is an integrated hardware/software solution through IBM, enterprise-class software on top of existing infrastructure or storage-as-a-service via the cloud.”

Based on these delivery environments, the following software-defined storage solutions are available:

  • IBM Elastic Storage Server
  • IBM Elastic Storage, SAN Volume Controller, Virtual Storage Center
  • IBM Elastic Storage on SoftLayer

IBM says this model works to faciltate automation of data management functions to help companies derive insights and guide business decisions.

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