IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2013 - (Page 18)

Focus on Storage Benefits of System Storage technology “IN SOME CASES, PEOPLE USE 5 PERCENT OF THE SSD AND GET 10 TIMES THE IMPROVEMENT IN PERFORMANCE.” —Vincent Hsu, CTO System Storage, IBM Systems and Technology Group Boosting Storage Performance Easy Tier and DS8000 are two of many storage innovations driven by IBM’s Vincent Hsu By Shirley S. Savage Photography by Steven Meckler data should be stored. Soon, storage may use these content-aware capabilities to draw insight from the data residing in storage. The IBM Smarter Storage concept can contribute to the smooth running of any data-reliant business. The transformation from passive storage to a smart system that can learn, adapt and communicate is the focus of work led by Vincent Hsu, CTO System Storage, IBM Systems and Technology Group. As CTO, Hsu is responsible for IBM’s storage roadmap and storage strategy. Hsu’s passion for IT drives many of the innovations he’s developed for IBM, such as the DS8000* system—launched in 2005 and a major part of IBM’s storage offerings—and the Easy Tier* technology deployed in many storage platforms. Hsu worked with the IBM Research team to develop Easy Tier storage technology, which is advancing the IBM Smarter Storage concept to enable direct-attached, server-based SSDs. The team began working on the technology in late 2008 and Easy Tier was available to clients in 2010. Currently, 40 percent of enterprise storage ships with Easy Tier technology, Hsu says. Hsu, who is developing the fourth generation of Easy Tier, is guided by a fascination with data and information. “I’m always very interested in how people are managing data and leveraging it to gain competitive advantage,” he explains. S torage systems are becoming smarter, thanks to improvements in solid-state drive (SSD) technology and analytics. Storage is capable of analyzing data usage and making decisions on where hot and cold 18 JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2 013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2013

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2013
Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: How Do You Sleep at Night?
IBM Perspective: The Foundation of the Modern Data Center
Insider: Look Beyond Cumbersome Processes to Move Technology Forward
IT Today: Where Do System z and a Legendary Rock Band Intersect?
Focus on Storage: Easy Tier and DS8000 Are Two of Many Storage Innovations Driven by IBM's Vincent Hsu
Case Study: Rooms and a View: Marriott stays ahead of the competition by maintaining an agile IT environment
Cover Story: More Than Secure: The zEnterprise EC12 raises enterprise security while boosting analytics and cloud performance
Feature: Safe and Sound Insights: The System z ecosystem protects vital enterprise information assets
Tech Corner: Enabling the Predictive Business With Analytics on System z
Solutions: Legacy Mobile; zLinux-in-a-Box; Zen Application Gateway; MQSonar; Serena IT Dashboard; TinyTERM ITX 3270; Storage Director 4.0
Advertisers Index
Stop Run: In Woodworking-- and Mainframe Security-- Spera Focuses on the Possibilities and the Details
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2013 Mainframe Buyer's Guide Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - January/February 2013