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IBM funds flash tech aimed at big data

Posted: 15 Apr 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:flash? big data analytics? server? storage?

IBM has announced its plan to drive flash technology further into the enterprise to help organisations address the issues of big data management. It will invest $1 billion in research and development to design, create and integrate new flash solutions into its expanding portfolio of servers, storage systems and middleware geared to improve big data analytics.

According to the company, flash can speed the response times of information gathering in servers and storage systems from milliseconds to microseconds. The technology is also more reliable, durable and more energy efficient than spinning hard drives since it contains no moving parts, added the firm.

As part of that commitment, the company also announced plans to open 12 centres of competency around the globe. These sites will enable clients to run proof-of-concept scenarios with real-world data to measure the projected performance gains that can be achieved with IBM flash solutions. Clients will see first-hand how IBM flash solutions can provide real-time decision support for operational information, and help improve the performance of mission-critical workloads such as credit card processing, stock exchange transactions, manufacturing and order processing systems. IBM is currently targeting Centres of Competency in China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, South America, U.K. and the U.S to all be operational by the end of the year.

IBM also announced the availability of the IBM FlashSystem line of all-Flash storage appliances, which are based on technology acquired from Texas Memory Systems. The IBM FlashSystem provides organisations instant access to the benefits of Flash. The IBM FlashSystem 820, for example, is the size of a pizza box, is 20 times faster than spinning hard drives, and can store up to 24TB of data, boasted the company.

Flash systems can provide up to 90 per cent reductions in transaction times for applications that include banking, trading and telecommunications; up to 85 per cent reductions in batch processing times in applications such as enterprise resource planning and business analytics; and up to 80 per cent reductions of energy consumption in data centre consolidations and cloud deployments, noted IBM.

The IBM FlashSystem joins the company's growing all-Flash and hybrid (disc/Flash) solutions that include IBM Storwize V7000, IBM System Storage DS8870 and the IBM XIV Storage System.

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