October 7, 2010 – With a nod to the computers of the past that filled entire rooms and stored little data, IBM today rolled out a series of new storage systems that can do one million times the work of their ancestors in a fraction of the space.

As part of its $6 billion annual dedication to research and development, IBM announced a number of storage systems designed for efficiency and optimized for workloads such as transaction processing and analytics. In the announcement, the company cited an IDC study that anticipated worldwide data storage capacity to continue to grow at a compound yearly rate of 49.8 percent through 2014.

The featured products include: IBM Storwize V7000, a midrange disk storage system for data management, with accompanying implementation services available; IBM System Storage DS8800, offering up to 40 percent faster performance than its predecessor, with support starting next year for IBM Easy Tier; updated SAN Volume Controller software, which includes Easy Tier and has an enhanced administrator GUI and increased scalability; IBM Systems Director Storage Control software, which manages storage, servers and network technology through a single interface; and IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center v. 4.2 featuring enhancements for midrange systems.

In highlighting the releases, IBM compared the capabilities of Storwize V7000 against  those of IBM RAMAC, one of its computing prototypes from the 1950s. The RAMAC took up an entire room to store 20 megabytes of data, or about as much as it would take to store one song on an MP3 player. The new Storwize V7000 can store one million times more than RAMAC and can fit on a desktop. 

In a news release on the products, Brian Truskowski, general manager of IBM storage, said: “IBM is combining home-grown storage innovations like our Easy Tier technology together with acquisitions of industry leading storage technologies such as XIV to deliver our clients a truly unmatched portfolio of storage solutions.”

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