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Advanced Performance, Availability, and Security with IBM FlashSystem with Matt Key from IBM Storage 

Matt Key’s IBM Storage session was packed with valuable content surrounding IBM FlashSystem and its storage capabilities, as well as benefits of flash storage over spinning disks and the flexibility of this new storage system. 

In this article, we’re going to share some takeaways from Matt Key’s session, as well as give you an opportunity to catch the replay. 

IBM FlashSystem is the Densest Solution on the Market 

The IBM FlashSystem boasts a petabyte of data in a rack unit of space for only a kilowatt of power footprint, making it market-leading and highly efficient. However, the bigger discussion centers around what can be done from a consolidation ratio within facilities. Customers have been able to recover up to 30% of their new technology cost from consolidation, with some customers seeing a reduction from three racks to a single system with extra capacity to spare. The FlashSystem is the densest solution on the market, with a continuously decreasing footprint and power consumption. 

IBM distributed storage provides a more commercialized form factor than the traditional big iron Z brother. IBM’s secret sauce is its hardware, specifically the computational storage elements that move the rudimentary functions of data reduction and security into a hardware platform. IBM does all the engineering, design, support, and fabrication in-house as an integrated supply chain. This allows for a petabyte of storage to be obtained within 10 days, even during a pandemic or other catastrophic event.  

The focus is on solving the bigger issues of continual data growth, data complexity, limited manpower, performance, availability, and security. 

Benefits of IBM FlashSystem 

IBM’s integrated supply chain allows for a high level of intelligence between the drive and storage operating system, resulting in more usable capacity and advanced data reduction technology. The majority of IBM’s customers use flash for modules, which provides faster speeds and economic benefits. IBM is able to offer the latest technology at a lower cost by not paying third-party margins and not investing heavily in CPUs and RAM. Instead, they focus on adding more native NAND. 

There are a lot of benefits to using flash storage over spinning disks, including: 

✅ Cost erosion and higher density levels 

✅ Greater backup and cyber site capabilities  

✅ Granular point in time recovery options and the ability to update or backup more frequently 

Why You Need a Scalable, Secure, and Resilient System for Managing Data Growth 

System security is extremely important, with multifactor authentication and two-person integrity to prevent unauthorized access. The focus on simplicity, resiliency, availability, and security is necessary to absorb modernization and manage increasing data complexity. The use of systems like the 9500, 7300, and 5200 are recommended for resolving data management issues.  

IBM’s flash core module in enterprise storage is designed to be the most advanced and feature-rich storage component available, while still being economically competitive. By leapfrogging the industry and not having to buy an excess amount of CPU and RAM, IBM can provide the most economical solution. The flash core module allows scalability and flexibility, as it can be expanded one drive at a time, and IBM’s software provides more of a managerial aspect than a data reduction aspect. The cost of the system is mostly in demand, and IBM can provide the most economical solution by being an integrated supply chain. 

IBM Storage offers a cost-effective approach of buying storage in advance. They focus on performance, resiliency, availability, and security, with a volume controller that runs the storage software. The same volume controller allows for an isolated managerial aspect of the storage, making expansion, growth, and refresh easier. The FlashSystem portfolio offers more flexibility in scaling and includes a suite of copy services such as flash copy, which allows for cascading snapshots or multi-target snapshots without inflating the capacity. 

The Importance of Recovery Time for Large Data Stores and How Copy Services Can Help 

Waiting for recovery can be a major issue, and copy services provide a quick and efficient solution. These services allow for immediate availability and recovery from standby secondaries or tertiary quadrature areas. This is particularly important for cyber resiliency and safeguarding against self-propagating worms, CVs, or 0-day support across multiple applications. Strategic attacks are becoming far more intelligent, requiring all hands on deck to truly focus on recovery, as these attacks are not just about making a quick profit, but can also be linked to terrorism. 

InfoSystems and IBM Storage Can Help You Improve Your Recovery Time and Consolidate Your Storage Technology 

In Matt Key’s session, he highlights the importance of having consistency, recognition, efficiency, flexibility, and protection for your company’s brand and emphasizes that an outage caused by ransomware is worse than the ransom itself. 

To learn more about how IBM Storage can help your business, catch the replay here:  

Watch the replay to hear more about IBM FlashSystem, and schedule a meeting to learn how InfoSystems and IBM Storage can help you find the solutions you need to strengthen and protect your business. 

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