IBM Storage folds Storwize arrays into FlashSystem line

Friday, February 14th 2020

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The Storwize and FlashSystem arrays already used the same IBM Spectrum Virtualize software to provide enterprise data services. A new Spectrum Virtualize update will bring new capabilities such as three-site replication, support for Red Hat’s Ansible provisioning and configuration management tool, and Container Storage Interface (CSI) snapshot support for Red Hat OpenShift and Kubernetes. Spectrum Virtualize for the Public Cloud adds support for data reduction in AWS.

“IBM focused correctly, I think, in simplifying their offerings to the customer with the FlashSystem family all built on the mature Spectrum Virtualize software,” said Randy Kerns, a senior strategist and analyst at Evaluator Group. “It gives a great deal of flexibility to their business partners and to customers. They have a common feature set and capabilities across multiple products and can choose which one fits without having to make tradeoffs.”

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