Storage virtualisation

Centralised management of storage


Storage virtualisation is a critical component of IT virtualisation. Benefits of server virtualisation — such as improved utilisation, flexibility, responsiveness, workload mobility and disaster recovery — can be limited if only part of the infrastructure is virtualised. Storage virtualisation is also one of the foundations for effective cloud deployment and software defined infrastructures. IBM offers a variety of storage virtualisation solutions to meet the needs of companies of all sizes.

What we offer

Storage virtualisation solutions help take the cost and complexity out of your IT infrastructure.

IBM SAN Volume Controller
Delivers the benefits of storage virtualisation in environments from large enterprises to small businesses and midmarket companies

IBM System Storage® TS7650G ProtecTIER® Deduplication Gateway
Powerful data deduplication for improved backup and disaster recovery operations

IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS)
Enterprise class network-attached storage system designed to offer scale out performance, capacity and very high utilisation rate.

IBM System Storage TS7620 ProtecTIER Deduplication Appliance Express (US)
Fast, reliable and easy-to-deploy back-up and recovery for mid-sized environments

IBM Storwize family
Delivers advanced storage capabilities that are easy to deploy and help control costs

IBM Tivoli® Storage Productivity Centre
Simplify management of the storage infrastructure

IBM System Storage DS8800
Offers faster system performance and higher capacity in the same footprint as prior models

IBM XIV Storage System
Simple and efficient integration with cloud and virtual environments for enterprise storage

IBM System Storage N series
Integrated storage solution with the capability of supporting mission critical applications using Fibre Channel, iSCSI and NAS protocols

IDC analyst report

Storwize V7000 with Real-time Compression™ expands IBM's IT Optimisation lead

IBM Real-time Compression and Storwize V7000 and SVC demo

See how to set up IBM Real-time Compression and its benefits

Healthy storage

Gain visibility, control and automation in your storage environment

VEKA AG boosts customer satisfaction with ProtecTIER

Driving up efficiency and service levels with more reliable systems

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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.

IBM Smarter Storage report


This analyst paper talks about the new IBM’s approach on storage – IBM Smarter Storage for Smarter Computing.

Storage virtualisation

Learn more about moving from server virtualisation to storage virtualisation

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