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IBM FlashSystem 9100: Accelerate Data for the Multi-cloud Era


Data is the heart of modern business, often determining a firm’s competitiveness in an increasingly digital economy. As a result, multiple industries are embarking on a massive effort known as digital transformation. According to ESG’s recent research on IT spending intentions, 86% of IT decision makers agree with the statement, “If we do not embrace digital transformation, we will be a less competitive and/or effective organization.”

As businesses work to improve their competitiveness, their data volumes increase enough to strain IT  operations. Sixtyeight percent of IT decision makers surveyed by ESG reported that their IT environments are either more complex or significantly more complex than they were just two years ago, with 41% of those decision makers citing higher data volumes as a cause.

In addition, new digital initiatives such as analytics or the development of cutting-edge applications not only add to the data challenges, but also may siphon resources away from infrastructure management and support. In summary, IT is essential to business competitiveness, but as demands increase, IT resources can be spread thinner.

To keep pace, IT organizations require a modern enterprise storage infrastructure, one that scales to meet the increased data demands while reducing the cost and complexity of infrastructure management. In other words, maximizing data’s value requires an enterprise storage infrastructure designed to do more than simply store and protect. A modern datacentric storage infrastructure must be:
• Accelerated: The storage infrastructure must be able to serve data with enough speed to accelerate existing applications and simultaneously handle the massive increase in data-access and performance demands.
• Multi-cloud: The data center is not the only infrastructure option. IT organizations need a flexible, agile data storage architecture that is not restrained by the traditional boundaries of an array and that can easily integrate resources across the data center and the public cloud.

IBM, a leader in data center and cloud infrastructure services, recently announced the FlashSystem 9100, an NVMe (nonvolatile memory express)-based all-flash array with integrated infrastructure virtualization capabilities. It is a system that delivers the performance required by the most data-demanding workloads, that integrates public cloud services as part of a larger multi-cloud infrastructure, and that in general, breathes new life into an existing IT infrastructure.



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