IBM Spectrum Virtualize: Essential Software for Cloud Deployments


We’re seeing clients really gravitating toward hybrid cloud. Analysts have said
that by 2017 80% of organizations are going to be
using hybrid clouds and by 2018 65% of IT organizations will have their
assets deployed off premises either co-located or located into service
provider organizations with the phenomenon of hybrid clouds. The number
one use case right now for clients moving to the cloud is backup or
disaster recovery implementations. IBM now offers Spectrum Virtualize software
as a software-only product which means that clients who are interested in
deploying software-defined infrastructures can now purchase the
software from IBM as as a downloadable image that they can put on standard x86
Intel hardware. Spectrum Virtualize has been in the market for 13 years shipping
on our appliances on our Storwize platforms, SAN Volume Controller,
VersaStack, and V9000. And so now we’re really extending that capability to offer it as
a software-only release. The benefit of building DR as a service on Spectrum
Virtualize is that it doesn’t matter what the end
client or the subscriber has in their data center they can simply purchase the
software either through an IBM reseller or IBM directly and they can deploy this
on-site on an Intel server and the service provider can deploy it on their
premises to put together a complete DR as a service solution with very low cost
cloud storage on the backend at the service provider location. One of the
key benefits for service providers with Spectrum Virtualize software only is
for the service provider that’s offering disaster recovery as a service. Having
that availability to the data is of the utmost importance and with the five 9s
availability and the hardened nature of the solutions that have been in the market for
so long, service providers–cloud service providers–offering disaster recovery as
a service can count on us and when it comes to disaster recovery, reliability
is king and reputation is king so they can bank their business on this software.
our ISV ecosystem for Spectrum Virtualize and really all the storage
portfolio is of the utmost importance for us to be able to provide complete solutions
to our clients. VMware is one example of a very important ISV: we integrate with
all of VMware’s key API.s around storage. In addition to VMware,
ISVs like CommVault, Symantec, Riverbed and and other infrastructure
ISVs are very critical. If you take a look at industry applications, solutions
such as EPIC in the healthcare space or SAP Hana for instance, these solutions
are well integrated with our Storwize family and Spectrum Virtualize solution.
IBM is excited about the future of the software, we’re continuing to optimize it
and add additional features and capabilities and we’re very excited
about helping our clients on their journey to cloud.

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