Many Storage Champions attended our NDA briefing in late January and hope you found it useful to hear more about the new IBM FlashSystem before the public! Thank you also to those Champions who offered their support for the launch by providing their opinions in advance. For those who could not attend and for those IBM Champions who want to learn more, please see this link for the presentation slides and recording , and the press release here. Here's the summary of what we announced yesterday, February 9:
IBM FlashSystem 5200 – Storage Made Simple
The new FlashSystem 5200 is one of IBM's most powerful storage systems for its size and designed to provide enterprise-class storage capabilities to organizations of any size. And although it has greater performance and capacity than its predecessor, the FlashSystem 5100, the new 5200 has a base price that is on average 20% less expensive, based on configuration. Other key attributes include:
- Hybrid Cloud & Containers: The IBM FlashSystem 5200, like the entire IBM flash storage portfolio, supports Red Hat OpenShift, Container Storage Interface (CSI) for Kubernetes, Ansible automation, and Kubernetes, as well as VMWare and bare metal environments.
- Enterprise Capabilities: The system also comes with IBM Storage Insights, which can give users visibility across complex storage environments to help them make informed decisions, and IBM Spectrum Virtualize, which enables users to consolidate and manage storage as if it were one pool, designed to improve performance and lowering operating expenses. Also included are such data resiliency functions as IBM HyperSwap which supports automatic failover in case of a site incident.
- Capacity: FlashSystem 5200 starts with 38TB of data capacity and can grow to deliver 1.7PB in a compact 1U form factor for space-constrained environments, or the equivalent of close to 1 trillion pages of printed text.
- Speed: Although FlashSystem 5200 is half the size of traditional storage systems, it offers 66% greater maximum I/Os than its predecessor and 40% more data throughput at 21GB/s, and is designed to help clients save on both capital and operating expenses.
IBM announced two additional models to the FlashSystem series that are designed to deliver improved performance: the FlashSystem 5015 and 5035, both of which are 2U systems, designed for organizations with less demanding performance and growth requirements but with the same rich IBM Spectrum Virtualize and IBM Storage Insights functions.
Advancing Hybrid Cloud Even Further Across Storage
We also announced plans to continue advancing hybrid cloud capabilities across our storage portfolio.
When made generally available in March, we will add support for IBM Cloud Satellite to the FlashSystem portfolio, IBM SAN Volume Controller, IBM Elastic Storage System and IBM Spectrum Scale. IBM Cloud Satellite is designed to enable companies to build, deploy and manage cloud services anywhere – in any public cloud, on premises and at the edge – with speed and simplicity. IBM Cloud Satellite will be delivered as-a-service from a single pane of glass and managed through the IBM public cloud and is currently in beta.
Press and Analyst Response
Here's what the press and analysts are saying about the new offerings:
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