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.

MSP Databalance Case Study: Business decisions in real time based on fast data-driven Analytics


In our modern datacenters, we prefer IBM infrastructure. For our environment we have a mixed platform from Intel, Linux, Power i and AIX.
For this we use the various IBM Power P, Power i and Intel servers. All these systems are linked using the capabilities of the IBM San Volume Controller, FlashSystem V840 and V7000. As central storage solutions we use the V3700, V7000 and V840 storage systems, because of their excellent speed, reliability and low operating costs. The San Volume Controller is used to easy tier, real time compression and mirroring. With these standard techniques present at our systems we are redundant and thus high available. To insure continuity, we are using Tivoli Storage Manager software on most platforms, fully integrated with our SVC solutions. Together with IBM we can offer all possible cloud solutions for our customers, IAAS, PAAS, SAAS. The SAP platform used by Beeztees is hosted by Databalance Services. Databalance advised Beeztees to put the database servers on IBM Flash Storage. This IBM V840 Flash Storage delivers more than 400 thousand IOP’ s. The other servers have been placed on Easy Tier Storage, resulting in an optimal mix of speed and capacity. In practice the generation of reports, lookup jobs and batches are processed much faster. Databalance is a key partner of Beeztees in the field of automation. Throughout the whole migration Databalance has been involved and has advised and supported us. The result of the last months is a very modern and “state of the art” ERP platform based on SAP software and IBM hardware, which enables Beeztees to stay a few steps ahead of the competition. IBM Spectrum is based on software-defined storage and it enables users to obtain increased business benefits from their current storage products whether from IBM or another vendor. IBM has pioneered in this field since 2003 and supports more than 265 storage systems from several brands. This give you more value from earlier storage investments. Databalance is making use of the IBM Spectrum family in serving its clients. The IBM Spectrum Virtualize is a giving maximum flexibility and reliability by virtualizing the storage. You can also get more benefits by using features like Real Time Compression and Easy Tier. And of course you can create a disaster recovery environment by implementing remote mirroring. With IBM Spectrum Protect you enable a reliable, efficient data protection and resiliency for software defined, virtual, physical and cloud environments.

IBM All-Flash Solutions Built with IBM Spectrum Virtualize


If your workloads could talk, they’d say being stored in a traditional data center is holding them back. They’d tell you that integrating all-flash technology while virtualizing your storage infrastructure is the secret to revitalizing your environment. You can maximize performance and connect to any storage infrastructure with one solution, revealing valuable benefits, or dealing with data that is outgrowing budgets. All-flash storage with IBM Spectrum Virtualize is driving the data center transformation. With flash drive optimization and management you can deploy the right all-flash solution to meet your unique business and IT requirements. You’ll be able to balance efficiency and performance with multiple storage services increasing the value of your data strengthening data security and eliminating storage complexities welcome to a world where you can drive innovation