Attam have just returned from a trip to the 2016 IBM Systems University in Rome
While it's always great to meet up with old and new friends, it's also a great opportunity to get a glimpse of the future - from the horses mouth.
Some key messages we have brought home with us:
IBM are committing themselves to a cloud based future. IBM's Software Defined Storage Strategy, available as Spectrum, allows a much more flexible response to future cloud based architectures.
IBM Spectrum is designed to operate seamlessly across Private, Public and Hybrid clouds
For example, Spectrum Protect (previously TSM) now supports various cloud based models with both cloud based storage and cloud based Spectrum Protect servers supported
IBM are pushing ahead strongly with the re-branding of Storage products under the Spectrum banner. IBM are also demonstrating integration of products across the storage range - for example the new Flash Systems A9000 and A9000R which combine Flash hardware technology with Spectrum Accelerate software stack, based on the tried and trusted XIV architecture.
IBM are adding complementary products to the Spectrum range - for example Cleversafe offers highly scalable and higly available storage, while Aspera offers superlative high-speed data transfer. Expect these products to be integrated fully into the Spectrum range in the near future - as an example, Spectrum Protect already supports Cleversafe storage pools and Aspera data-transfer is due soon.
There is a drive to integrate Flash Storage as a performance tier into a cloud-based storage hierarchy - Flape (Flash and Tape) and Floud (Flash and Cloud) for example.