Spectrum Accelerate was developed as the underlying software for IBM’s XIV enterprise storage system, a cluster or grid of server modules filled with internal storage devices (disk drives). But unlike XIV, which is sold with server hardware, Spectrum Accelerate is as a software-only solution, a Software-Defined Storage (SDS) component of the Open Storage Platform (OSP). It creates a scale-out, high-performance virtual SAN (block-based) storage system for enterprise environments and private/hybrid clouds that installs on industry standard hardware. Spectrum Accelerate is part of the IBM Spectrum Software suite of products that includes:
There are a large number of vendors that have software-defined storage products, and an even larger number that claim to be in the SDS space. The Evaluator Group covers over a dozen of the leading solutions, including Spectrum Accelerate, in the OSP Software-Defined Storage Comparison Matrix and associated research materials. These include solutions from traditional storage suppliers, but also companies that may be less familiar. This Product Analysis provides details on Spectrum Accelerate, how the technology functions and what features it offers. It includes comments from the Evaluator Group about specific product details, as well as a listing of strengths and potential concerns.
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