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IBM Edge Based temporarily at the Mandelay Bay hotel on the Las Vegas strip for its Edge conference, Big Blue has blasted out a set of storage announcements. IBM appears to be taking its shot at the ever-expanding storage market as the Big Data era begins in earnest.

At the event, IBM rolled out its TMS acquisition-based FlashSystem appliances. The models include:

  • 720 with up to 12.4TB of fast SLC flash,
  • 820 with up to 24.7TB of slower and less expensive eMLC flash,
  • 710 with up to 6.9TB of SLC flash,
  • 810 with up to 13.7TB of eMLC flash.

Essentially these are re-branded TMS RamSan boxes. For example, the RamSan 820.

Big Blue also announced:

  • It has added 4TB hard disk drive support to its Storwize V7000 and XIV Storage arrays, increasing capacity from the previous highest capacity drives supported which stored 3TB.
  • Easy Tier automated data placement inside IBM arrays was extended to put the most-frequently accessed data in the EXP30 Ultra SSD I/O Drawer in conjunction with the DS8870 Storage System, this Easy Tier Server capability "can help boost storage performance by up to five times."
  • A new enterprise edition of LTFS, the Linear Tape File System, was integrated with thje GPFS filesystem enabling GPFS users to treat tape as storage tier for archival-class data and so lower its storage cost by, IBM says, up to 90 per cent.
  • There is a new management dashboard for the Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) Operations Center product enabling users to "manage more backups with less complexity."

IBM wrapped these things in a "Software-Defined Environment" wrapper, which is now part of its Smarter Computing marketing initiative. There's also a Big Data angle, with users able to get insights into and access to their data faster, according to IBM. ®

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