Enhancements to IBM Smarter Computing Initiative Help Us Work Smarter, Not Harder
Big Data is not indicative of having a bigger brain. In fact, it seems that the bigger your data, the more overwhelmed companies are about developing smarter strategies about how to handle accelerated data growth. Fortunately, IBM has launched a few updates aimed at helping a broader and more diverse set of enterprise customers manage and process growing volumes of data smarter and more efficiently.

A Smarter, Strategic Approach

Launched three years ago, IBM’s Smarter Computing Initiative aims to help companies leverage all of the data in their enterprise, optimize systems for workloads and manage their IT infrastructure in a much more cloud-like fashion, for dramatically improved economics and performance. To live up to these standards, IBM launched significant performance enhancements to several key storage systems and the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center suite, including improved automation and intelligence, designed to help make managing storage infrastructures easier.

Why the sudden need to help companies get smarter about data storage? A recent IBM survey revealed that among more than 300 global CIOs, the most efficient companies have been able to spend more than 50% on new projects that were transformative to their business. IT leaders were able to reduce the amount of time their architects spend provisioning storage by up to 50% as well as reduce the cost by up to 20%. What would you do with an extra 50%? If IBM can help companies reduce the time and cost associated with data storage, it could help them become more efficient in other ways.

Smarter Storage for Big Data

To do this, IBM has announced enhancements to a several key products. It’s adding Real-time Compression to IBM Storwize V7000, as well as to the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC), the company’s storage virtualization system. What does this mean, exactly? Real-time Compression on the Storwize V7000 and SVC systems compresses active data by as much as 80%, increasing total effective storage capacity by up to five times. In addition, IBM also added four-way clustering support for Storwize V7000 block systems that can double the maximum system capacity to 960 drives or 1.4 petabytes. In other words, IBM is strategically targeting data through
built-in intelligence, automation and the cloud, all in an effort to help companies gain greater performance and reliability, while making it budget-friendly.

Getting Smarter About Technical Computing

Smarter computing isn’t just about managing data better, it’s about solving problems. Many companies that employ technical computing are reaping impressive rewards, but it takes significant strides to get there. Storing data smarter is just the first step. Setting up affordable and efficient high performance and technical computing environments comes next.

High Performance Computing Goes Mainstream

While these results are impressive, making technical computing more user-friendly and easy to use is also important. To do this, IBM has enhanced its portfolio of hardware platforms with software to create integrated solutions that can help enterprises more quickly derive value from high performance applications that require a lot of computing power and data.

But such integration isn’t limited to IBM systems. It's also working to maintain support for non-IBM systems with existing Platform Computing partners. These include:

  • The IBM Platform Symphony family
  • The IBM System x Intelligent Cluster integrated with IBM Platform HPC software
  • The High Performance Computing (HPC) Cloud portfolio from IBM expanded with the new IBM Platform Cluster Manager offering as well as IBM Platform LSF

With these new enhancements, IBM is making it possible for companies to get smarter about managing data and solving problems, while saving time and money.