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IBM Boosts Smarter Computing Initiative to Help Customers Tackle Big Data

• New IBM Smarter Storage approach provides for greater performance, efficiencies
• Real-time Compression, LTFS management, and Tivoli upgrades lift storage systems
• IBM makes technical computing more accessible to enterprise customers; IBM Platform Computing software enables technical computing systems to deliver faster results

ARMONK, N.Y. - 04 Jun 2012: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today accelerated its Smarter Computing initiative by announcing a broad array of performance and efficiency enhancements to its storage and technical computing systems – the engines of Big Data.

As part of its ongoing Smarter Computing effort, IBM today announced a new strategic approach to designing and managing storage infrastructures with greater automation and intelligence, as well as significant performance enhancements to several key storage systems and the Tivoli Storage Productivity Center suite. At the same time, the company announced its first offerings that incorporate software from IBM’s acquisition of Platform Computing earlier this year. These offerings are intended to help a broader set of enterprise customers use technical computing to achieve faster results with applications that require substantial computing resources to process growing volumes of data.

“Enterprises are dealing with data that is increasing exponentially in both size and complexity,” said Rod Adkins, senior vice president of IBM Systems & Technology Group. “The enhanced systems and storage solutions we’re announcing today have the performance, efficiency and intelligence to handle this Big Data. This is smarter computing that allows our clients to organize and analyze their data to better understand and serve their customers.”

Smarter Storage for Big Data

IBM Smarter Storage for Smarter Computing

Constructing and evolving storage infrastructures to better respond to constant social, economic, and business change is critical to the long-term viability of every organization. To do it right, they need a smarter approach to storage – an approach that exploits automated intelligence to increase the efficiency, utilization, and performance of storage systems while lowering costs.

According to a survey of more than 300 global CIOs conducted by IBM and IDC, the most efficient companies have been able to spend more than 50 percent on new projects that were transformative to their business.

By implementing techniques such as virtualization, de-duplication, automated tiering and cataloging, IT leaders are able to reduce the amount of time their architects spend provisioning storage by up to 50 percent as well as reduce the cost by up to 20 percent. 

With more than 256 petabytes of client data managed, IBM has been building a portfolio of products and technologies for the past several years toward this end and today announced a formal approach behind it called IBM Smarter Storage. With this approach, customers are able to architect storage infrastructures that leverage such leading edge technologies as Real-time Compression and automated tiering to help get more performance out of their systems, faster and for less cost.

To drive this initiative further, IBM is announcing enhancements to a several key products. For example, it is adding Real-time Compression to IBM Storwize V7000, as well as to the IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC), the company’s industry-leading storage virtualization system.

Unlike traditional storage systems that compress only “low activity” data, or data not frequently accessed, Real-time Compression on the Storwize V7000 and SVC systems compresses active data by as much as 80 percent, increasing total effective storage capacity by up to five times.(1)  In addition to Real-time Compression, IBM also added four-way clustering support for Storwize V7000 block systems that can double the maximum system capacity to 960 drives or 1.4 petabytes.

“From the move to electronic records to the ballooning sizes of medical images, storage in medical centers as large as ours, is rapidly becoming ground zero for Big Data,” said Rick Haverty, director of information systems division at the University of Rochester Medical Center. “IBM has recognized the need to start approaching the management of the growing data volumes in a strategic, smarter way, through built-in intelligence, automation, and the cloud, to gain greater performance, reliability and better economics.”

IBM added efficiency and performance boosts to several other systems as well, including:

In addition to these new enhancements, IBM will advance the Smarter Storage approach further in the future when it announces plans to extend its IBM Easy Tier capabilities to direct-attached, server-based SSDs to help customers coordinate data migration between their disk systems and servers. IBM Easy Tier automatically moves data to the most appropriate storage, including multiple tiers of disk and SSD, based on policy and activity.

High Performance Computing Goes Mainstream

IBM Strengthens Technical Computing Portfolio for Enterprise Clients

Once considered the domain of supercomputing, workloads such as simulations, computer modeling and analytics are increasingly being adopted by a broader set of mainstream clients to drive business benefits.

In order to make technical computing easier to use, IBM is enhancing its portfolio of hardware platforms with software to create integrated solutions that can help enterprises more quickly derive value from high performance applications that require a lot of computing power and data. At the same time, IBM is committed to maintaining support for non-IBM systems with existing Platform Computing partners. The highlights of what IBM is announcing today include:

These new offerings will help IBM aggressively pursue the over $20.3 billion combined opportunity for technical computing, which IDC is projecting for 2012 and that is expected to grow at 7.6 percent annually to almost $29.2 billion by 2016.(2)

Other technical computing offerings IBM is announcing today include:

 Services and Financing

Complementing the new storage enhancements, IBM is offering a suite of services encompassing virtualization, automation and cloud technologies and that address the supply and demand side of storage. The new offerings use analytics and automation to infuse intelligence into everyday workflow with tools and services including:

·     Intelligent Storage Service Catalog (ISSC) - Improves the way storage is used by simplifying how it is requested. ISSC promotes more efficient storage allocation and governance by establishing standards that can be used to optimize provisioning, backup, replication and archiving.

·     IBM SmartCloud services for storage – Provides support for IBM’s family of cloud storage products including IBM SmartCloud Managed Backup, IBM SmartCloud Archive, and IBM SmartCloud Object Storage, which improve data backup, resiliency and management of massive quantities of unstructured data from a cloud environment. The cloud offers clients flexibility, cost effectiveness and the ability to achieve faster recovery time making archiving, exploration, and analysis faster and easier for businesses.

 Flexible financing options provided by IBM Global Financing make it simple for clients to acquire IBM storage systems, while enabling them to manage budgets more easily with predictable monthly payments. Credit-qualified clients that elect financing can quickly benefit from IBM’s enhanced storage systems by taking immediate delivery and deferring their first payment for 90 days. Clients also can take advantage of 0 percent financing for 12 months.

 About IBM

For more information on IBM Storage, please go to www.ibm.com/storage and follow us on twitter @IBMStorage.

For more on IBM technical computing go to www.ibm.com/technicalcomputing and follow us on twitter @ibmhpc.

For more on IBM Tivoli go to www.ibm.com/tivoli and follow us on twitter @ibmtivoli.

For more on IBM Storage Services, go to www.ibm.com/services/storage.

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Except for the historical information and discussions contained herein, statements contained in this release may constitute ‘forward-looking statements’ within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve a number of risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially, as discussed in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

IBM Global Financing offerings are provided through IBM Credit LLC in the United States and other IBM subsidiaries and divisions worldwide to qualified commercial and government clients. Rates and availability are based on a client’s credit rating, financing terms, offering type, equipment and product type and options, and may vary by country. Non-hardware items must be one-time, non-recurring charges and are financed by means of loans. Other restrictions may apply. Rates and offerings are subject to change, extension or withdrawal without notice and may not be available in all countries.

1)      According to IBM test results.

2)      Source: IDC, The Broader HPC Market: Servers, Storage, Software, Middleware, and Services, #234682, May 2012

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IBM Media Relations
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mrzimmerman@us.ibm.com

Joanna Brewer
IBM Media Relations
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