UPDATED 10:25 EDT / FEBRUARY 12 2020

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IBM targets storage complexity with new FlashSystem technology

A survey last year by a software intelligence company revealed that three out of four chief information officers felt that complexity in the enterprise cloud had made information technology way too hard to manage. Today, IBM Corp. took steps to address that issue where it involved storage.

The company announced a new family of IBM FlashSystem storage products designed to reduce the complexity of managing infrastructure while enabling support for hybrid and multicloud platforms.

“Clients have told us storage is too complex,” said Eric Herzog (pictured), chief marketing officer and vice president of global channels at IBM Storage. “With this FlashSystem announcement, we have a family that traverses entry, mid-range, enterprise, and can automatically go out to a hybrid, multicloud environment. It’s all driven across a common platform with a common API, common software, our award-winning Spectrum Virtualize, and innovative technologies.”

Herzog spoke with Peter Burris, host of theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio, at theCUBE’s studio in Palo Alto, California. They discussed how the latest storage release will increase performance, support for containerized workloads, and removing operational complexity for businesses of all sizes. (* Disclosure below.)

Performance upgrade

The latest storage systems release features an upgrade in overall input/output operations per second storage performance and integration with IBM’s analytics solution at no additional cost.

“Our new flash core modules can deliver performance in a cluster of up to 17.2 million IOPS from our previous performance of 15 million IOPS,” Herzog said. “Our Storage Insights product, which is cloud-based storage management predictive analytics, works on the entry product at no charge, mid-range product at no charge, and the enterprise product at no charge.”

IBM also announced that FlashSystem will support workloads on a wide range of virtualized platforms, including those running containerized workloads.

“This FlashSystem platform and technology can support bare metal workloads, virtualized workloads, VMware, Hyper-V, KVM, Oracle VM, and now container workloads,” Herzog said. “We support Red Hat OpenShift, we support Kubernetes environments, and we can provide on these systems, at no charge, persistent storage in those configurations.”

By providing a common application programming interface and software platform, IBM believes it is taking the complexity out of enterprise storage while helping businesses of all sizes operate in a fully digital world.

“It’s not going to be as complex for you to pull your storage configurations,” Herzog said. “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a global Fortune 500 or Herzog’s Bar & Grill. Everybody is a digital enterprise these days.”

Watch the complete video interview below, and be sure to check out more of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s CUBE Conversations. (* Disclosure: IBM Corp. sponsored this segment of theCUBE. Neither IBM nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)

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