IBM software defined storage

Storage agility and efficiency for today’s applications

New era cloud environments and applications such as analytics, mobile and social are driving huge growth in data volumes, making data the new natural resource. But cost-effectively optimising your current storage environments while at the same time exploiting new opportunities is straining storage budgets. The solution - IBM software defined storage.

Software defined, business aligned

The new IBM software defined storage offerings unlock the potential of data and increase your business agility and efficiency in ways that weren’t possible until now. IBM software defined storage enhances the speed and efficiency of your storage and simplifies migration to new workloads by:

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IBM offers a broad systems and storage portfolio combined with decades of experience solving real business problems. With x86, POWER and mainframe systems, disk, tape and network storage systems, IBM can offer the right combination of systems to meet the challenges of your business.


Storage efficiency is more vital than ever. Your disk utilisation rate may be as low as 20% — while the amount of data you are required to store is exploding. IBM Storage can help.


The smarter data centre with improved economics of IT can be achieved by connecting servers and storage with a high-speed and intelligent network fabric that is smarter, faster, greener, open and easy to manage. IBM takes an open, standards-based approach to implement the latest advances in today’s flat, converged data centre network designs.


IBM's comprehensive Systems Software solutions help to centralise, streamline and automate your physical and virtual infrastructure, allowing you to optimise workloads and increase your ability to deliver IT services that align with business goals. Let us show you how IBM Systems Software helps you realise the value of IBM smarter computing, by allowing a more effective use of the advanced features in IBM hardware and operating systems.

Integrated solutions

The reality is that you need an IT infrastructure designed for data, tuned to the task and managed in the cloud. If your IT staff spends all of their time managing IT, they won’t be working with you to drive innovation. You need your infrastructure to help you in the marketplace, to help you innovate, to help you be more competitive, to help you succeed.

Systems-related services

IBM Systems-related services offers a full range of services to help design, develop, integrate, optimise, validate and deploy comprehensive solutions that support On Demand Business.

Global storage fabric

New code-named Elastic Storage (US) provides global file-based storage for large scale, high-performance cluster applications and analytics, such as scale-out databases, and Hadoop-based analytics


Software Defined Storage for Dummies

Storage virtualisation

IBM SAN Volume Controller streamlines multiple brands of storage systems, with simplified administration and integrated data management capabilities.

Data and storage management

IBM Virtual Storage Centre (US) transforms traditional storage for high performance transactional applications and data warehouse based analytics

Data protection platform

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager family (US) enables reliable, efficient data protection and resiliency for software defined, virtual, physical and cloud environments

Policy-based archive

Linear Tape File Systems (LTFS) securely preserves assets in a scalable, low cost environment supporting an open, cross-platform interchange.