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IBM to offer software-only storage solution without hardware

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August 25, 2016

There are rumors from the grape vine today that IBM might be offering a software-only storage solution and it turned out to be true-- its Spectrum Virtualize software can now be acquired from Big Blue without any hardware.

To be sure, Spectrum Virtualize is the renamed SAN Volume Controller (SVC) and virtualizes Big Blue and third-party SAN arrays into single storage resources.

The new product is bundled with the Storwize Vnnnn arrays, being their management facility, and also FlashSystem all-flash arrays and supports almost four-hundred individual storage array products as well.

IBM's new software provides real-time compression, thin provisioning, snapshotting, tiering data, data migration between arrays, at-rest encryption, and remote replication among various sites.

An IBM spokesperson said-- "In the recent past, we have delivered this software first in IBM SAN Volume Controller, then in Storwize systems, and also in FlashSystem V-9000. We are now making the software available to run in x86 servers. Specifically, we are supporting Lenovo x-3650 M5 servers with a statement of direction to support Cisco, HP and also Supermicro."

IBM says its new release "will be of interest to Linux server providers who prefer the flexibility of using x86 servers that they can redeploy for different purposes as their clients' needs change."

It emphasises-- "Since this is the same software that runs in SVC and the other systems, it has all the same functionality and all the same interoperability including support for almost 400 storage systems. Licensing is different-- IBM offers both perpetual and monthly licensing (the latter likely to be attractive to service providers) and there is a simple per-capacity all-in price that includes all functionality."

There are more details on the IBM site and you have to contact IBM for pricing and availability. We'll keep you updated.

Source: IBM.

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