IBM is aiming Elastic Storage at enterprises that want to collect all the unstructured data they can from a range of sources and analyze it to learn about trends and make better decisions. It supports OpenStack for use across private and public clouds, as well as big-data technologies including Hadoop. Elastic Storage is based on technology that IBM's Watson system used to access facts it needed to compete on the TV game show "Jeopardy" in 2011. It also has its roots in GPFS (General Parallel File System) but got a new name with major enhancements that came this year.
Since introducing Elastic Storage as a software product in May, IBM has also released it as a cloud service through its SoftLayer IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) offering. Now it's set to announce an integrated hardware-software system for Elastic Storage that's based on IBM's Power architecture.
Elastic Storage is already available on the GPFS Storage Server, an x86-based integrated system that will now be sold by Lenovo following its acquisition of IBM's x86 server business, said Bernie Spang, vice president of software-defined strategy at IBM.
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