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IBM stops selling its Spectrum Scale-based DeepFlash 150 solution

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June 14, 2017

IBM has confirmed today that it is withdrawing its Spectrum Scale-based DeepFlash 150 solution from its product portfolio.

The IT solution system was launched in August 2016 and has Spectrum Scale running on all-flash array InfiniFlash hardware OEM'd from WDC-owned SanDisk.

It was launched as a fast access parallel file system array. For some reason, the product didn't take off as fast as Big Blue had expected at the time.

InfiniFlash is a flash equivalent of a JBOD, a group of flash drives. It does need system software to operate it.

Other SanDisk partners for the system included Nexenta and Tegile. A few more were also expected to join the crowd.

IBM issued a hardware withdrawal notice saying the product was no longer available in Europe. There is no replacement.

Our understanding is that the DeepFlash 150 product was for unstructured and big data storage, and its withdrawal implies that Big Blue met limited sales success.

This specialized market segment is typically populated with disk drive arrays as their capacity costs less than flash drives.

Parallel file system software like Spectrum Scale or Ceph provides the access speed needed. An alternate approach is to use distributed Hadoop systems.

But the market is also being addressed by Pure Storage with its all-flash FlashBlade system, launched a year ago and is selling relatively well, according to some industry insiders.

We asked IBM for a comment and will update the story when we receive it. Stay tuned.

Source: IBM.


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