Ok, we’ve got a whole load of Spectrum and IBM storage related announcements.
Here’s a blog from Eric Herzog over at LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/ibm-storage-delivers-new-solutions-your-multi-cloud-eric-herzog/
However The Register did a nice job in bullet pointing everything we’ve just announced, take a deep breath and plough on through:
- Spectrum Protect’s automated tiering has been extended to a object storage tier,
- Spectrum Protect Plus (SPP) will have vSnap repository encryption,
- SPP has expanded item-level support in application environments including newly-added IBM Db2, with existing SQL server and Oracle databases,
- Cloud Object Storage (COS) can now be a backup/archive target for mainframe z/OS,
- COS can be target for DS8800 arrays with in-flight encryption,
- hardware vendors can self-certify their COS support, sending verification test results to IBM for validation, meaning a faster certification process,
- COS v3.14 will support Lenovo SR630 and SR650 servers,
- Spectrum Scale (parallel filer software) v5.0.2 now has AWS support with bring-your-own licence functionality and AWS QuickStart for rapid deployment,
- Spectrum Scale has added file audit logging, a watch folder, an improved user interface and greater network resilience,
- IBM’s Elastic Storage Server (ESS) has preconfigured systems and implementation services to support NAS protocols,
- IBM Cloud Private has added Spectrum Access Blueprint support for IBM Z,
- there are new multi-cloud IBM storage options for for SAP and EPIC Electronic Health Records, and (whew)
- the FlashSystem 9100 array now offers VDI.
Phew. And that’s not to mention the converging of a Z Server with Flash storage in a single 19″ rack, the new DS8882F and an upgrade path for older DS arrays.