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Smarter Storage, Awesome Efficiency

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So I’m in the middle, once again, of planning a summer vacation. If only I had no constraints on funding — I would then take a plane any day and any time that I really wanted to. And I could leave from the airport that is actually near where I live. And not over an hour away. Oh, I forgot — I could actually buy the plane and a pilot.

I would stay at the super fancy grand hotel in the grandest of suites, and not the poor stepsister motel down the road with the jacuzzi that foams dirt. I would have dinner in the grand dining room of the aforementioned grand hotel – and I wouldn’t worry about the dress code because I wouldn’t have to.

With no constraints, you can certainly do amazing things. But the important point here is what you can accomplish with constraints. With limited funds. With greater efficiency.

And that’s where today’s IBM announcement of Smarter Storage comes in. Take a look at What’s New including IBM Storwize V7000 and SAN Volume Controller (SVC) Real-time Compression and the IBM Tivoli Storage Productivity Center. Watch a video of a really awesome performance story. My favorite part of the announcement is this: You can get 3x the performance improvement with only 3% SSDs.

A 3 year old can swamp a configuration with SSDs and get better performance. The IBM Smarter Storage way is a more efficient, automated and intelligent approach to storage. Efficient by design, Self-optimizing, and Cloud agile.

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June 4, 2012 at 9:17 am

Posted in announcement, SSD, storage, Storwize

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Sunny Skies for SVC, Storwize

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Try wiping the smile off my face. The cross country skis are sitting in the corner, forlorn. I can actually grill hot dogs outside tonight. Forget any worries about global warming. It’s 60 degrees and sunny on the last day of January in Cleveland Ohio.

I power-walked two miles today. Instead of the measly quick turn around the block, hunched over so the icy particles don’t hit my face. Today, the woman in spandex who never smiles with her giant poodle actually said hello. The serious jogger actually stopped and remarked how it’s April in January. Try wiping the smile off my face.

Try wiping the smile off my face. IBM just published a new #1 Storage Performance Council SPC-1 benchmark result.(1) . . . Numero uno, top storage dog.
Using IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller V6.2 with IBM Storwize V7000 disk storage.
And powered by POWER7 IBM Power 770 systems.

SPC is the industry standard for storage benchmarks. SPC-1 consists of a workload designed to demonstrate the performance of a storage subsystem while performing the typical functions of business critical applications. Those applications are characterized by predominately random I/O operations and require both queries as well as update operations. Applications include OLTP and database operations.

Sunny skies, #1 SPC-1, SVC, Storwize. Try wiping the smile off my face.

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(1) SPC-1 Reported Data, Tested Storage Product (TSP) Name: IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller v6.2 with IBM Storwize® V7000 disk storage, SPC-1 IOPS 520,043.99, SPC-1 Price-Performance $6.92/SPC-1 IOPS, Total ASU Capacity 97,581.657 GB, Data Protection Level Protected (Mirroring). Results as of 1/31/12. Source: http://www.storageperformance.org. SPC Benchmark-1 and SPC Benchmark-2 are trademarks of the Storage Performance Council.

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January 31, 2012 at 5:42 pm

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XIV, Storwize, and Jane Eyre for 200

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Some books are so good that they make you forget what century you are living in. And who you are and what you do. You forget to make dinner. You forget to feed the dog.

This week I’ve been rereading one of my all time favorite novels — Jane Eyre. It is an amazing book for me because not only do I forget everything else but the emotional ups and downs of the passionate unconventional heroine are truly tremendous.

And that’s exactly how I felt last night watching Watson on Jeopardy!. Oh wow, the Yorktown IBM building looks so good. Oh great, Watson is doing so well. Oh no, Watson missed that one. Do I really want humans to lose?

As you saw last night, efficiency is important for Watson. And the same is true for today’s IBM storage announcements. Storage efficiency is the goal – store less, move data to the right place, get more from what’s on the floor. The announcements include ability to:

  • Speed deployment with IBM® Storwize® Rapid Application Storage solution
  • Compress data in real time and store up to 5 times more data on the same disk without performance degradation with IBM Real-Time Compression
  • Improve application performance with IBM XIV® Storage Systems support for VMware
  • Reduce risk with IBM FastBack for Storwize V7000, an IP-based solution for disaster recovery and business continuity
  • Read here for all the exciting news about IBM systems announcements today.

    I’ve read that some viewers thought the IBM Jeopardy! challenge was wonderful, others thought it was more of an infomercial. But I think that everyone agrees that one of the most entertaining parts is when Watson gets it wrong. And you realize that even 90 POWER7 systems can miss a nuance. But then again, how many humans actually learn from their mistakes?

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    February 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

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