It’s now a well established fact. Companies that gain insight from data dramatically outperform those that don’t. And the key to managing the explosive growth in data often lies in storage.

FlashSystem V9000 delivers industry-leading value to enterprises along three dimensions: Scalable Performance, Enduring Economics, and Agile Integration

The new IBM FlashSystem V9000 crashes through barriers that have long kept businesses from basing their enterprise storage infrastructure on all-flash arrays. Yet according to IBM’s Michael Kuhn, that’s only the start of what makes IBM’s latest and most comprehensive enterprise performance solution such a game-changing addition to the storage landscape. In this executive Q&A, Kuhn discusses the sophisticated capabilities that separate FlashSystem V9000 from earlier flash-based storage solutions, and what they mean for businesses that wish to capitalize on today’s most important technology trends.

Q: What makes FlashSystem V9000 different and more powerful than earlier generations of flash-based IBM enterprise performance solutions?

A: We’re continuously evolving the IBM FlashCore™ technology at the heart of all our FlashSystem offerings as well as the virtualization and storage services in our enterprise performance solutions, and constantly enhancing the integration between those components. So while all of the hardware and software in FlashSystem V9000 is better on its own, they’re better than ever collectively too.

Q: What, from IBM’s perspective, makes the new features in FlashSystem V9000 such a breakthrough for flash storage solutions?

A: Actually, FlashSystem V9000 represents a gamechanging breakthrough for the entire enterprise data center, not just flash storage. It’s a comprehensive, easily managed enterprise virtual storage solution for all of your active data sets that takes up a mere 6U of rack space. Just as importantly, it virtualizes and embraces all of your legacy storage systems, no matter who made them, which means your entire compute environment can benefit from FlashSystem V9000’s leading-edge data management, data protection, and system acceleration technologies. Add it all up, and maybe “breakthrough” isn’t a strong enough word!

Q: What does all of that end up meaning for CIOs?

A: It means that you can finally move on from disk cost-effectively. You can stop writing applications and architecting compute environments to mitigate the shortcomings of traditional storage. You can truly tackle the problem of endlessly rising power consumption. You can fully exploit the potential of cloud computing and big data, or implement virtual desktops without your storage infrastructure getting in the way. In fact, at the end of the day, that’s really FlashSystem V9000’s biggest benefit: Its performance, reliability, and efficiency turn storage from a limiting factor into a real driver of innovation within your business.

Q: What are some specific examples of realworld solutions or scenarios that could benefit from FlashSystem V9000?

A: There are just so many. Cancer treatment today is rapidly moving toward customized therapies based on individual genome sequencing. Utilities are deploying smart meter technologies on smart grids. Websites and mobile apps are processing rapidly climbing volumes of retail transactions. Financial institutions are using powerful analytics solutions to detect and prevent credit fraud. All of those things require extremely high-performance storage. In fact, no enterprise that’s serious about cloud computing, pervasive real-time analytics, and mobile and social engagement can afford to be without the scalable performance, agile integration, and enduring economic advantages of IBM FlashSystem V9000 storage.

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