The Channel logo


By | Chris Mellor 9th February 2012 08:33

IBM stuffs XIV array with flash tech

Big Blue puts pedal to the metal

IBM has pressed the gas pedal to the floor with its third generation XIV array and given it up to 6TB of solid state drive cache storage.

The XIV array is a single tier device and this is a flash cache, an SSD Caching option, not a separate tier of storage. IBM provides no performance boost numbers, saying instead: "The storing and retrieving of data is accomplished with virtually no latency, speeding data access by orders of magnitude..." (threefold in fact).

This is a bit old hat, Big Blue; your filer supplier partner, NetApp, had this facility – its FlashCache – back in August 2009.

IBM also announced the ability to mirror data between previous versions of XIV and XIV Gen3 systems, saying this "will ease data migration and help give customers the flexibility to repurpose their XIV models as disaster recovery backup systems".

In the barely-useful-but-nice-eye-candy department, IBM announced an XIV Mobile Dashboard for the iPhone, which lets iPhone users monitor their XIV systems from the Jesus phone's screen. The XIV monitoring app will be available as a free download in Apple's app store by the end of this month. There's already an XIV Mobile Dashboard for the fondleslab Apple iPad.

The caching option should provide a real boost in XIV array performance. It needs to be matched by IBM providing a server flash cache product as well. No doubt it will and it will be good. ®

comment icon Read 1 comment on this article alert Send corrections


Frank Jennings

What do you do? Use manual typwriters or live in a Scottish croft? Our man advises
A rusty petrol pump at an abandoned gas station. Pic by Silvia B. Jakiello via shutterstock

Trevor Pott

Among other things, Active Directory needs an overhaul
Baby looks taken aback/shocked/affronted. Photo by Shutterstock

Kat Hall

Plans for 2 million FTTP connections in next four years 'not enough'
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella


League of gentlemen poster - Tubbs and Edward at the local shop. Copyright BBC
One reselling man tells his tale of woe