IBM builds upon flash portfolio with all-flash arrays

The Storwize V7000F and V5030F will cover the mid-range flash markets

IBM has announced two mid-range all-flash arrays to help small and midsized organisations embrace flash storage for their cloud or cognitive applications and workloads.

Although it already has a number of options in its all-flash portfolio, these two new additions offer up a more cost-effective option, without losing the enterprise suitability, IBM said.

IBM Storwize V7000F and IBM Storwize 5030F have been built with IBM Spectrum Virtualize to reduce the cost of data centre and cloud environments, but boost the efficiency of their storage, supporting real-time data compression, thin provisioning, and snapshotting.

"We see high-priced all-flash, mid-priced all-flash and low-priced all-flash," said Eric Herzog, vice president of product marketing and management for IBM storage. "Then, we have specialty all-flash, which will be storage for mainframes and storage for vertical markets. We see flash as completely ubiquitous, not just high-end. Flash is a revolution."

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IBM explained the addition of the two new arrays show its commitment to organisations of all sizes, whatever their budget or storage needs.

"This announcement addresses a clear need for clients that require a substantial increase in storage performance but at a price that's in line with the reality of today's datacenter budgets," said Ed Walsh, general manager of IBM Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure.

"As an essential part of a company's primary storage strategy, IBM's new all-flash solutions provide robust security and the reliability that organisations need as they move to cloud and cognitive environments."

IBM also announced its Flash In initiative, which helps customers migrate their data to its portfolio of all-flash arrays.

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