IBM reveals storage enhancements

Enhancements to DS8000 and XIV range set to make data storage easier

July 16, 2009

Enhancements to DS8000 and XIV range set to make data storage easier

IBM today announced enhancements to its information infrastructure portfolio of enterprise storage products.

The enhancements to the IBM System Storage DS8000 and the XIV storage system include better performance, security, manageability and business continuity.

IBM announced that the XIV Storage System plans to support asynchronous mirroring later this year.  This will enable remote disaster site recovery without a limit on distance and without impacting response time.

Additional XIV enhancements introduced today include improved performance through the introduction of dual processors, new functionality to support Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), enabling single sign-on and consolidated access control for multiple systems, as well as IBM Tivoli Productivity Center 4.1 support designed to simplify cross-systems management.

IBM also announced the addition of Thin Provisioning to the IBM System Storage DS8000, which supports continuous operations for cross-platform, mission-critical workloads.  Thin provisioning capabilities allow companies to more effectively store and access information across their organizations.

“Businesses today are faced with addressing core information requirements around compliance, availability, retention and security, while also maximizing the value in their current storage infrastructure,” said Barry Rudolph, vice president, system storage. IBM.  “IBM’s broad portfolio of storage offerings will help customers unlock the value in their datacenters to address their information infrastructure needs.”

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