IBM gets serious about flash storage

Subject: General Tech | April 16, 2013 - 01:26 PM |
Tagged: TMS RamSan, IBM, FlashSystem, flash, 1 billion

IBM has invested $1 billion in SSD research and development, creating a project called IBM FlashSystem.  They will create a dozen 'competency centres' across the globe this year to help customers understand scenarios in which flash storage will help their business.  To show off their prowess they created a 500TB system based on their FlashSystem 820; you can see a video of the system at The Register.  IBM has already signed a deal with Sprint to build 9 storage systems and there will be more customers soon.  IBM is also redesigning their system software to take advantage of the speed of flash which will make the transition even more attractive to companies.

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"Say goodbye to TMS RamSan and hello to IBM FlashSystem. Back in 2001, IBM CEO Lou Gerstner said IBM would spend a billion dollars to boost its Linux business and that billion paid itself off within two years. In 2002, the firm splurged the same amount on Java tools, and in 2006, pumped $1bn into information management. Fast-forward seven years and Ginny Rometty's IBM is going to spend a billion dollars to boost its flash solid state storage business."

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Source: The Register

April 16, 2013 | 02:07 PM - Posted by Dream76 (not verified)

20 Years from this, we are going to have this on a thumb drive...

April 16, 2013 | 04:01 PM - Posted by MrBlack

That is going to be one awesomely fast Pinball Machine.

April 16, 2013 | 06:18 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

And 20 Years from this, Microsoft(M$) will still not allow system image backups to a thumb drive for windows 88 MOMETRO, or windows 77! And this amount of space will not be enough for the bloatware that will come with any M$ OS of the Hellish future!

April 16, 2013 | 06:23 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

P.S. thumb drive maxium write speeds will still be 5 megabites per second! for the affordable versons!

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