IBM Steps into NVMe in a Big Way with the New FlashSystem 9100
This IDC Perspective briefly summarizes market trends that IBM's FlashSystem 9100 announcement addresses, provides an overview of the platform, and discusses the IBM platform enhancements and changes in terms of market significance. In July 2018, IBM made some key changes to its enterprise storage platform portfolio built around key new storage technologies like NVMe, artificial intelligence, software-defined storage, and multicloud. A major focus of the announcement was IBM's new FlashSystem 9100. A new CX offering, the IBM FlashWatch program, was also announced and should drive additional value for IBM AFA customers. "Enterprises undergoing digital transformation are building and integrating real-time workloads that drive increasingly stringent performance requirements," said Eric Burgener, research vice president of Storage. "As a result, we are seeing established enterprise storage industry leaders like IBM integrate high-performance NVMe technologies into its flagship platform offerings."
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