Transform IT for insight and efficiency

IBM Smarter Storage

for Smarter Computing

Introducing a new approach to the design and deployment of storage

We live on a Smarter Planet where systems are highly instrumented, interconnected and intelligent. Data is coming from new places, in greater volumes and at faster rates. Companies able to harness data unlock patterns faster, serve customers better and outpace competitors. IT teams are stressed to the limit, using old processes and technologies to manage growing workloads and new solutions like cloud and analytics. Something has to change.

IBM® Smarter Storage, a more efficient, automated and intelligent approach to storage, is Efficient by design, Self-optimizing, and Cloud agile.

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Efficient by design

With Smarter Storage, essential storage technologies are built in and tightly integrated. Efficiency is effortless – requiring no manual intervention. Management is intuitive and easy – improving the efficiency of your most important asset, your people.

Benefits: Reduce space requirements for active data by up to 80 percent. Save up to 47 percent of administrator time and reduce complexity by up to 30 percent.

Smarter Storage is efficient by design

When storage is “efficient by design,” efficiency features are designed in from the beginning. Advanced features are pre-installed, ready to deploy, and operate consistently.


Smarter Storage analyzes data access patterns, adapts and improves performance. Sophisticated internal analytics automatically place data on the appropriate storage tier.

Smarter Storage is self-optimizing

“Self-optimizing” storage is able to analyze data access patterns and automatically adapt to balance performance and cost.

Cloud agile

Smarter Storage fully participates in highly virtualized cloud environments. Both IBM and non-IBM storage are managed as one virtual storage pool. Existing storage systems inherit IBM's latest, most advanced capabilities. Data is automatically synchronized between facilities. Files flow to users wherever they are.

Benefits: Reduce disk space needs by up to 50 percent, speed storage deployment up to 26 percent, and improve application availability by up to 29 percent.

  • Silverton paper

    Hyper-efficient storage is the first step on your path to cloud

Smarter Storage is cloud agile

When storage is cloud agile, it enables rapid deployment of cloud environments and adapts to constantly changing requirements. Virtualization is the first step to cloud.

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Forward Thinkers

This new approach supports strategic IT initiatives

Whether your aim is to unlock insights, transform your organization, or distance yourself from competitors, you’ll be more successful when your storage helps your organization adapt to change.

Workload optimization


Big data

Smarter Storage is made for workload optimization, cloud and big data

Workload optimization

Smarter Storage helps maintain performance as the amount of data grows – while reducing complexity.


Smarter Storage enables rapid cloud deployments.

  • Silverton paper 
    Hyper-efficient storage is the first step on your path to cloud

Big data

Smarter Storage helps you get insights from your data faster by delivering high performance.

  • The Tod Point Group paper
    IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Provides Enterprise-Class Value in a Oracle Environment

  • Data warehousing paper
    Microsoft SQL Server Fast Track Data Warehouse 3.0 for System x 3850 X5 and IBM Storwize V7000 Unified