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Freshly baked storage: Take a pinch of Intel Skylake silicon, some flash powder, sprinkle into IBM's FlashSystem

IBM today added new models to its FlashSystem line to more than double the family's maximum capacity, push performance higher with Intel Skylake processors, and strengthen its NVMe-over-fabrics capabilities. There are two new systems on offer: the 9100 and the 9150. Both come in 2U enclosures with active:active controllers, …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jul 2018

IBM's storage biz wakes up, smells dedupe coffee

IBM is again playing catch up with rivals by adding a heavy sprinkling of dedupe dust to its near two-year old Storwize arrays and other products. The all-flash array (AFA) line provides data block storage and runs Spectrum Virtualise software, which can be bought for use on-premise or via IBM's cloud. The software, along with …
Chris Mellor, 11 May 2018
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Bigger Blue: Tonic for Ginni as IBM actually does OK in storage

Analysis Diving into IBM's fourth-quarter and full-year results show its storage surge has now run a whole year and possibly pushed Dell EMC into a "Refuse to Lose" channel campaign to regain sales momentum. In the systems business, up 32 per cent year-on-year at $3.3bn, the three brands – mainframes, Power and Storage – were all up. …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jan 2018

IBM FlashSystem chief architect Andy Walls is a two-pools kind of guy

Analysis The latest FlashSystem from IBM uses InfiniBand to hook up the 900 flash box to the SA9000 and A9000R servers running the SVC software. Where does that leave NVMe over Fabrics? FlashSystem chief architect, IBM Fellow and CTO Andy Walls talked flash technology with The Register this week and said NVMe over Fabrics was …
Chris Mellor, 2 Nov 2017
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IBM wheels out upgraded FlashSystem: Now breathe in and squeeeeze

IBM has tripled the capacity of its FlashSystem arrays and added hardware compression to squeeeze in more data. These arrays, last updated in April 2016, start with the base 900 model which is available on its own or as part of the A9000 pod and A9000R rack systems. They use proprietary flash drives and IBM is selling a bunch …
Chris Mellor, 26 Oct 2017
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NAND then there was a second growth quarter... IBM reports flash surge

Analysis IBM's systems segment brought in $1.7bn, 10 per cent down year-on-year. Systems hardware was $1.3bn with operating systems software at $400m. z Systems – down 33 per cent annually Power – down 3 per cent year-on-year Storage – up 8 per cent annually at, we estimate, $592m CFO Martin Schroeter said: "The Power growth rate …
Chris Mellor, 19 Jul 2017
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Always late to the party, IBM reveals itself to be NVMe fanboy

+Comment IBM says it's developing systems with NVMe across its storage portfolio, and wants to ignite an industry-wide leap in system performance. Its NVMe-using products will come to the market in the first half of 2018. That's a year away. Apeiron, Excelero, E8, Micron and many others already have NVMe SSD supporting systems and are …
Chris Mellor, 8 May 2017
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XIV goes way of the dinosaurs as IBM nixes fourth-gen storage array

IBM is not going to develop a fourth-generation XIV storage array because an upcoming FlashSystem A9000R using 3D flash can be sold for the same cost as disk. XIV is the highly reliable, Moshe Yanai-designed array, which IBM bought in 2008 for a rumoured $300m. Unusually, the technology used clustered nodes, each using cheap …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2017
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IBM bungs deduplication in FlashSystem arrays

IBM launched three new all-flash array products, including an all-flash DS8888 monolithic array. It says the three products each have a minimum latency of 250 microseconds, and use IBM's proprietary format flash drives, called MicroLatency modules. Big Blue says the MicroLatency technology transfers data within the flash …
Chris Mellor, 28 Apr 2016
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Oh dear, IBM. Storage isn't looking like a cash cow any more, is it?

IBM's storage hardware revenues continue falling as growth businesses stay submerged under the declining ones. In its first quarter of 2016 results, IBM's storage hardware revenues were, at $433.5m, six per cent down year-on-year, continuing the now familiar trend. This was a billion-dollar-a-quarter business in the fourth …
Chris Mellor, 19 Apr 2016
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Quick as a flash: A quick look at IBM FlashSystem

The Storage Architect IBM completed the acquisition of TMS (Texas Memory Systems) in October 2012. The company (TMS) has a long history of developing memory-based storage products, based initially on DRAM and later SLC and eMLC technology. I looked at the ramsan range years ago as a potential customer and my abiding memory is the relative cost of the …
Chris Evans, 8 Apr 2016

IBM storage revenues are very reliable. Four years of steady decline and counting

Analysis For IBM, storage value is moving to software, with object storage and flash growing while legacy disk and tape products see revenue falls. In Big Blue’s fourth 2016 quarter overall revenues dropped nine per cent but storage hardware revenues fared worse, dropping 11.1 per cent, with no end in sight. This continues a trend …
Chris Mellor, 20 Jan 2016
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Whee! IBM storage hardware revenues just keep sliding and sliding

IBM's storage hardware revenue decline has continued, according to its 2015 first quarter results. IBM's earnings statement said: "Revenues from System Storage decreased eight per cent (down two per cent, adjusting for currency)." Remember, this is just the storage hardware business, ignoring storage software products, and if …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2015
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IBM's FlashSystem 900: ‘Better capacity in less rack space’

IBM has upgraded its FlashSystem 840/V840 to the 900/V9000 all-flash array products, using MLC flash in a close collaboration with Micron to prevent any performance or reliability drop-off. The V9000 is as we described here and the 9000 product that we thought should exist but couldn't find, the upgraded 840, does actually …
Chris Mellor, 20 Feb 2015
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Yo, Kanye, Imma let you finish, but this IBM FlashSystem...

Never mind the elaborate countdown to a chance to glance at Kanye West's new trainers, it's storage insiders who know an important timer when they see one. Information about an unknown IBM FlashSystem has popped up on an Italian website, appearing to show that the NAND modules have been upgraded. IBM has a FlashSystem event …
Chris Mellor, 16 Feb 2015
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Reg man has the cure for IBM storage: Just swallow 10 firms

Comment When you are walking on the Moon, far from home and Earth's tethering gravity then giant steps are what you take. When a product set becomes low or no-growth, then its tethering product gravity effect is weakened and you need to take giant steps to rebuild it ... which brings us to IBM. Witness its results. IBM's old …
Chris Mellor, 21 Oct 2014
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IBM leaps aboard the software-defined stuff bandwagon

IBM storage is getting software-defined, with IBM seeing that concept as a way of better integrating its storage hardware and software assets. Big Blue's Storage and Software-defined Systems general manager Jamie Thomas outlined a new storage deal at IBM's Enterprise event in Las Vegas, claiming the "new model will provide …
Chris Mellor, 9 Oct 2014

IBM furtles all-flash biz bruiser FlashSystem

IBM has upped its all-flash array FlashSystem capacity to an effective 1.6PB by baking in SVC/Storwize features – including real-time compression. The FlashSystem V840 release 1.2 is built from three 2U rackmount boxes: an AE1 storage enclosure (as used in the 840) and two active-active AC1 control enclosures. The storage box …
Chris Mellor, 5 Aug 2014

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