IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015 - (Page 38)

Transformational IBM Spectrum Accelerate brings software-deļ¬ned high-function storage By Nick Harris and Clodoaldo Barrera 2 Illustration by Mark Allen Miller W ho doesn't like the value proposition of the cloud? You can process, compute and store all of the data you want, and hide the complexity of the physical infrastructure behind a magical curtain. Users control when and how data is shared with others and get access to supported capabilities with a click of a mouse. Cloud is transformational. Software-defined environments (SDEs) are quickly emerging as the enabling technology for cloud environments of all kinds. Overlay networks (aka software-defined networks) and virtual servers (aka software-defined compute) appear in public and private clouds and provide scale, operational flexibility and lower cost. The companion storage technology to SDE is software-defined storage (SDS). As the leading SDS vendor in 2014, IBM is raising the technology bar again with new IBM Spectrum Storage* solutions. This is not simply a product announcement; it's a definition of how to control and access data in any storage infrastructure (see Figure 1, page 40). SDS solutions have a high hurdle to clear to actually be practical, much less transformational. Not only do they need to deliver the expected features, but they must also meet the full requirements of 38 // MARCH/APRIL 2015 TAKEAWAY s 3OFTWARE DElNED ENVIRONMENTS ARE QUICKLY EMERGING AS THE ENABLING TECHNOLOGY FOR CLOUD ENVIRONMENTS OF ALL KINDS s 3PECTRUM !CCELERATE FORMS A KEY PILLAR IN THE SOFTWARE DElNED STORAGE MODEL YET IS A SIMPLE HIGHLY FUNCTIONAL DEVICE BUILT ON GRID ARCHITECTURE TO MEET THE NEEDS OF MISSION CRITICAL WORKLOADS RUN IN CLOUD ENVIRONMENTS s 3PECTRUM !CCELERATE IS mASH ENABLED SELF OPTIMIZING SELF HEALING HIGHLY AVAILABLE AND UNDERPINNED WITH ENTERPRISE CLASS SECURITY AND DATA PROTECTION FEATURES s 4HE SOLUTION HAS PRACTICAL USE SCENARIOS FOR LARGE ENTERPRISES AND MANAGED SERVICE PROVIDERS REMOTE OFlCE ENVIRONMENTS AND SMALL TO MIDSIZE BUSINESSES

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Transforming today
IBM Perspective: Move at the speed of z
SHARE Outlook: Celebrating 60 years of people and enterprise computing
TechBits: A mixed bag for cyber security
Partner PoV: Take advantage of data virtualization to boost business intelligence
Trends: Workload-specific open-source solutions offer flexibility for success
Currents: IBM zEnterprise Systems leads in uptime and reliability, ITIC survey finds
R&D: Bluemix makes it easy to build applications securely and quickly in the cloud
IT Today: Is your infrastructure prepared for cloud, analytics, mobile, security and social?
Cover Story: Transforming IBM Systems: Senior VP Tom Rosamilia leads a technology sea change at IBM
Feature: Finding Insightful Information: IBM offers cost-effective solutions to keep mobile analytics on the mainframe
Feature: Propel Your Cloud Infrastructure: Transformational IBM Spectrum Accelerate brings software-defined high-function storage
Tech Showcase: Today's flexible training options fit time and budget constraints
Administrator: How IBM zHyperWrite improves performance
Solutions: Alignia; Intelligent Capping for zEnterprise; MegaCryption 6.4.1; JES2RSS; zOSEM 6.2; SecureData z/Protect 4.3.0; DR/DFI 4.5
Stop Run: An IBM Distinguished Engineer bonds with his family while visiting US historical sites
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Mainframe
2015 Mainframe Solutions Edition Product Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - March/April 2015