IBM Targets Big Data With Storage, Technical Computing Enhancements

IBM launches a new Smarter Computing effort--aimed at tackling big data--with new storage systems and newly integrated technology from Big Blue s acquisition of Platform Computing.

IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced several enhancements to its Smarter Computing initiative , including the introduction of a broad array of performance and efficiency enhancements to its storage and technical computing systems to focus on handling big data.

As part of its ongoing Smarter Computing effort, IBM on June 4 announced a new strategic approach to designing and managing storage infrastructures with greater automation and intelligence, as well as significant performance enhancements to several key storage systems and the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center suite.

At the same time, the company announced its first offerings that incorporate software from IBM's acquisition of Platform Computing earlier this year. These offerings are intended to help a broader set of enterprise customers use technical computing to achieve faster results with applications that require substantial computing resources to process growing volumes of data. IBM announced the news at its IBM Edge 2012 conference in Orlando, Fla.

"Enterprises are dealing with data that is increasing exponentially in both size and complexity," said Rod Adkins, senior vice president of IBM Systems & Technology Group (STG), in a statement. "The enhanced systems and storage solutions we re announcing today have the performance, efficiency and intelligence to handle this big data. This is smarter computing that allows our clients to organize and analyze their data to better understand and serve their customers."

According to a survey of more than 300 global CIOs conducted by IBM and IDC, the most efficient companies have been able to spend more than 50 percent on new projects that were transformative to their business. By implementing techniques such as virtualization, de-duplication, automated tiering and cataloging, IT leaders are able to reduce the amount of time their architects spend provisioning storage by up to 50 percent as well as reduce the cost by up to 20 percent.

With more than 256 petabytes of client data managed, IBM has been building a portfolio of products and technologies for the past several years toward this end and is now announcing a formal approach behind it called IBM Smarter Storage. With this approach, customers are able to architect storage infrastructures that leverage such leading-edge technologies as real-time compression and automated tiering to help get more performance out of their systems, faster and for less cost.

This article was originally published on 06-04-2012
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