IBM has announced that it is bringing in object based storage services via cloud to help clients better manage their growing volumes of unstructured data. The new IBM Cloud Object Storage will combine technology from the recently acquired leading object storage company–Cleversafe.
With new services, IBM will provide enterprises a choice of multiple APIs and the option to store massive amounts of data efficiently on premises, of the IBM cloud, or across the two in a hybrid environment, with the same level of reliability and consistency of technology across all deployment models.
According to International Data Corporation’s latest survey, 80 percent of new cloud applications are predicted to be big data intensive. This is where IBM is looking to use Cleversafe object storage technology to enable data intensive clients to scale to exabytes of storage, or billions of gigabytes.
Getting deep into the details, IBM plans to make the new IBM Cloud Object Storage Services available in three configurations from second quarter of 2016 and they are-
- Dedicated- IBM Dedicated Cloud object storage will provide a single tenant IBM Object storage system running on dedicated servers in IBM cloud data centers. The solution will be available as an IBM managed service or a self managed cloud solution. Thus, clients can get access to object storage with no need for extra hardware or data center space.
- Standard- With this configuration, IBM cloud will provide its users high performance public cloud offering based on proven Cleversafe technology with new S3 API interfaces. This service is ideal for a wide range of high performance applications written to use the S3 object storage API.
- Nearline will provide a cloud infrastructure for infrequently accessed data at a lower cost than most off-premise options. This configuration of storage is ideal for archive, backup and other workloads delivered across select IBM cloud data centers.
Note- All Cleversafe systems deployed by IBM clients will be able to interact with the new cloud services of IBM. New or existing on-premise systems can serve as a standalone storage solution or be combined with IBM Cloud Object Storage service to support hybrid cloud needs.
To ensure enterprises are able to select the right hybrid cloud object storage solution for their business and customer needs, IBM Cloud Object Storage will be available in a variety of licensing models, including perpetual, subscription, or consumption. With such diverse licensing options, customers will be able to buy storage capacity with the flexibility to move data between the enterprise and the cloud as business needs change.
Furthermore, IBM cloud object storage will support both file and object workloads, enabling enterprises to deploy a single data storage hub that supports storage needs for traditional and web based applications. This means that data can be read and written using the broadest range of object interfaces, Swift or S3, and other major interfaces, including NFS and SMB.
Traditional applications can integrate with IBM Cloud Object Storage Technology with the help of above stated solutions to help achieve greater value of integration and economies of scale.