BI, virtualization, Cloud a piece of cake with XIV Gen3: IBM

Latest version four times faster, reduced latency, perfect for private Cloud

IBM has touted its XIV Storage System Gen3 as being able to deliver the often data intense business functions of virtualization, analytics and Cloud computing. The vendor has revealed that 4500 units have so far shipped worldwide.

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IBM's director of XIV development, Ron Asher, said the Gen3 system makes storage a simple task for CIOs.

“There is something inherently easy about using XIV,” said Asher, who was in Sydney for the local launch of the storage system. “It’s an out-of-the-box solution with a unique architecture that means we are able to take the pressure off the end user.”

Joining IBM after the acquisition of XIV in 2007, Asher said the recent Gen3 update has reduced costs to the end user while increasing the amount of cache available.

“In general, we’ve seen improvements in latency to under 300 microseconds and this is all achieved by using the same drive,” Asher said.

“We have doubled the processing power, and increased the amount of cache by 50 per cent and we have 24 gigabytes of cache.”

Claiming that Gen3 is up to four times faster than previous XIV models, IBM Australia New Zealand’s sales leader, Paul Bennet, claimed that platform is the best choice for facilitating Cloud computing.

“It automatically balances itself and manages its resources, and you need that in a cloud infrastructure,” he said.

“It is probably the best platform you can use to build your own internal Cloud and I can say that with a bit of authority because we have customers around the world that have used it to create a Cloud”

“The changes from the previous system have mainly been hardware and have showed a significant performance increase,” Bennet said.

IBM first announced it was launching the third generation of the XIV system in July this year.

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