Claims to reduce cost, complexity of managing vast amounts of data
IBM has unveiled new storage products as part of its 2010 lineup of workload-optimised systems, which it claims to be designed to reduce cost and complexity of storing vast amounts of data while enabling clients to apply analytics and gain insight from the data.
The company said that its DS8700 disk storage system will include a new technology invented by IBM Research that can make it easier and more economical to manage data in tiers. The System Storage Easy Tier feature uses ongoing performance monitoring to move only the most active data to solid-state drives (SSDs).
IBM also introduced new offerings suitable for storing unstructured retention data – the IBM Long Term File System and LTO Ultrium Generation 5 tape drive offerings.
According to IBM, the LTO (Linear Tape-Open) Ultrium format is an open tape storage technology that can help lower energy consumption and reduce storage media costs up to 10 times. The Long Term File System uses LTO-5 technology to provide file system access to large data archives created by unstructured data.
The new version of Tivoli Storage Manager can be used to collect, manage and retrieve the data stored on ProtecTIER. It provides a range of data management capabilities, including backup, archive, migration, and data reduction including, all under a unified recovery management framework that simplifies administration, IBM said.
IBM is also adding ‘Many-to-one’ replication feature to its ProtecTIER deduplication technology that allows multiple data centres or remote offices to replicate backup data to a central location.
In addition, IBM also unveiled a new version of its XIV Storage System. The company is offering double the capacity with 2TB drives and lower voltage processors that can and help reduce peak power usage by up to 59%.