When industry observers note that IBM Storage is gaining momentum these days, they are right on the mark. What’s happening within and around the IBM Storage portfolio affects thousands of organizations across dozens of major industry sectors. The success of IBM’s clients at driving business value and optimizing business results, the speed of IBM Storage innovation and the powerful results from the storage analyst community clearly shows that IBM is establishing a clear direction – storage industry leadership.
What Is a Modern Infrastructure, Anyway?
To succeed at the ultimate goal of running workloads in their optimal environment, whether on-premises or off-premises, you need the right foundation. That means modernizing your on-premises infrastructure to get ready for private and public cloud capabilities by evolving to a modern, software-defined data centre (SDDC).
At its core, infrastructure modernization requires that the entire IT environment be virtualized: compute, storage, and networking, plus unified management for intelligent operations.
Marketplace momentum may be measured in many ways. For example, according to IDC’s Worldwide Storage Software and Cloud Services QView, IBM Storage and Software-Defined Infrastructure is the #1 in storage software vendor by revenue market share. In just in the past 12 months, IBM has announced innovations in its storage portfolio, from new multi-cloud and container capabilities within our software-defined storage offerings, to 3-dimensional flash chips and high-performance data reduction within IBM FlashSystem solutions to the most modern of data protection solutions. It’s easy to see how the speed and direction of IBM Storage marketplace advantage is accelerating.
The best way to measure the sheer weight of IBM Storage momentum is by results – how IBM flash and software-defined storage solutions are helping to change the business outcomes and business value of our customers’ oceans of data. For example, Follett Higher Education has been a trusted partner to public schools, districts and colleges for more than 140 years. With the volume of customer and corporate data climbing as steeply as the company’s growth trajectory, Follett’s IT infrastructure needed to keep pace in order to maintain excellent customer satisfaction. The educational media firm accelerated the performance of the applications powering its services by deploying ultra-fast IBM flash storage in a hybrid cloud environment. The solution drove a 75 percent improvement in system response times, boosting the flexibility and scalability of core applications and helping harness business insights to improve student outcomes. Former CIO, Sanjeev Singh, states: “With IBM solutions powering our storage, we are in great shape to keep delivering fast, convenient service to more customers as we build out new apps.”
The impact of IBM Storage reaches across a very wide range of industries. If you think that high performance data storage can’t change the fortunes of a newspaper, think again. Timothy Happychuk, IT Director at the Winnipeg Free Press, explains: “Today, people expect to be able to read about and react to major events that are relevant to them in real time, as they happen. The traditional culture of writing reports for the next day’s newspaper doesn’t work anymore – readers want tailored rolling coverage, and they want it now. We had hundreds of disjointed servers and storage platforms from different vendors in place, which made accessing data both tricky and time-consuming. It also meant that we weren’t able to analyse our data.”
To gain deeper and faster insight into reader expectations and preferences, the Winnipeg Free Press needed to bring its valuable data together in one place and create a central content library. But to do that, the media company needed to overhaul its entire IT infrastructure. The newspaper chose to implement a VersaStack converged infrastructure solution from IBM and Cisco featuring IBM Storwize V7000 storage. From that point forward, the story changed. Timothy Happychuk states: “The results have been truly eye-opening. The IBM solution has placed us in the uniquely advantageous position of being one of the only traditional media companies to enjoy day-over-day, month-over-month, year-over-year growth in readership.” In fact, the Winnipeg Free Press recently won two International News Media Association awards based on their phenomenal continued growth in readership – bucking the trend for traditional news organizations.
Marketplace momentum isn’t just a marketing slogan – it’s the measure of how a business impacts its customers. IBM Storage continues to gain momentum with IBM’s award-winning storage solutions. Every day more and more enterprises around the globe are moving faster, serving their clients better, and capturing competitive advantage, thanks to the power, speed, and leadership embodied in IBM Storage innovation.
Join us on May 16th for an interactive S3 and IBM webinar where we will cover how SDS:
• Easily pools different storage devices while increasing capacity and lowering costs
• Quickly speeds up critical applications and increase business performance
• Cost-effectively make data available 24x7x365 for your key applications
• Supports new flash and cloud storage without disruption – with the agility to scale up or down incrementally, the capabilities to be deployed on-premise or on hybrid cloud infrastructure, plus the cost benefits of running on industry-standard servers, business of all sizes and ages are looking at SDS to move beyond their rigid, appliance-based storage silos.
In this S3 and IBM webinar, we’ll help you explore how SDS can help you:
• Protect your data across multi-cloud and AI environments
• Accelerate workloads
• Control storage costs
• Eliminate storage bottlenecks
• Solve storage management challenges
Finally, for those considering “How do we get started?” our webinar will explore the critical business considerations to know before adopting SDS.