Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/10/storage_announcement_barrage_from_big_blue/

Rest of world can now get hold of IBM's secret China-only storage tech

22 announcements... Big Blue's been busy

By Chris Mellor

Posted in Cloud, 10th October 2013 16:03 GMT

IBM's latest storage release has so many bullet point items it's like a machine-gun burst.

Big Blue is announcing nine new and updated storage products:

Storwize

The V5000 has, as we already said, 2-way clustering and external virtualisation. IBM says it has up to 336TB of single node capacity and costs about 25 per cent less than "the entry price of a fully virtualised IBM storage offering".

IBM says it has new IP replication, doubled SSD capacity with 800GB drives, a Storage Mobile dashboard, and support for VMware 5.5 and VASA.

The SAN Volume Controller gets an enhanced stretch cluster.

XIV

Lots to chew on here as the XIV array ploughs on and gets data-at-rest encryption "with self encrypting hard disk drives and software-encryption-ready flash, and flexible “hot encryption”. There is separate key management by Tivoli Key Lifecycle Manager, and hot-encryption can be done in minutes.

XIV supports the Havana OpenStack release and is getting RESTFul API access. It also supports an IBM Storage Integration Server (SIS) for "single point of deployment of IBM storage services to targeted cloud environments." SIS is a VMware VASA provider and vSphere web client plugin.

XIV also gets:

SmartCloud

SmartCloud Storage Access r1.2 delivers:

The SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center has an automated, cross-platform Tiered Storage Optimizer. It uses analytics-driven data management from IBM Research.

In addition …

The TS7700 is a virtual tape library family of products. Its 3.1 release provides 60 per cent more capacity and 8Gbit FICON support.

The N series (resold from NetApp) N3000, N6000 and N7000 models get Cluster-mode support and new HDDs.

Tivoli Storage Productivity Center v5.2 delivers GUI enhancements and has a vCenter plug-in.

Lastly, there is a new 16Gbit/s SAN director; Cisco's MDS 9710 multi-layer director.

That's 22 separate announcements if we've counted correctly. Pass the aspirin please; our heads hurt. ®