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IBM says its XIV storage array has 3 more product releases coming

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January 24, 2017

Earlier today, IBM said its XIV storage array system has three more product releases coming.

Contrary to a few rumors, Big Blue asserted that the XIV isn't going away, although it's not having a fourth generation version developed.

To be sure, Eric Herzog, vice president of marketing for IBM storage and software-defined infrastructure says that this release of 3 new systems takes XIV’s roadmap out to about June or July of 2018.

He asserted-- “XIV isn't going away. We’re not abandoning it at all, but G4 won't be happening.”

There won't be a 4th generation XIV array. Herzog did confirm that the XIV survives as the parent of the A-9000 system, which had a rather impressive list of the XIV code added to it in late 2016.

Now, IBM says that a new generation A-9000 is coming soon, although Herzog didn’t want to be quoted on any delivery time estimates.

Additionally, Herzog also reminded us today that the Storwize array is an all-IBM design, Big Blue having acquired Storwize about 6 1/2 years ago for its compression technology.

The IT behemoth liked the brand name and used it for a storage array solutions, among other things. We'll keep you posted.

Source: IBM.


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