Microlatency Flash Storage Speeds Cloud-based Apps


IBM today lauched three new flash storage products claiming a minimum latency of 250μs (microsecond) to solve the challenge of accessing massive amounts of data quickly for cloud-based applications and workloads.

The new all-flash array products suit fast cloud-based applications where sub-second response times are critical when data is retrieved from the cloud. IBM says that “the products are based on its MicroLatency technology which can transfer data within the flash array via hardware instead of the added layer of software.”

Other unique features incorporated to solve cloud requirements include preventing the impact “noisy neighbor” problems have on application performance, secure multi-tenancy, thresholding, and easy-to-deploy grid scale out.


“The drastic increase in volume, velocity and variety of information is requiring businesses to rethink their approach to addressing storage needs, and they need a solution that is as fast as it is easy, if they want to be ready for the Cognitive Era. IBM’s flash portfolio enables businesses on their cognitive journey to derive greater value from more data in more varieties, whether on premises or in a hybrid cloud deployment”, said Greg Lotko, general manager of IBM Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure.

The FlashSystem A9000, intended for IT service providers, comes fully configured to drive down the cost of implementing an all-flash solution. The FlashSystem A9000R, with its grid architecture, provides easy scaling up to the petabyte range. This flash storage targets cloud service providers.

Both these products incorporate data reduction features, including pattern removal, deduplication and real-time compression, as well as IBM FlashCore technology to deliver low latency. They are priced as low as $1.50 per gigabyte, said IBM in the announcement.

Rad-Hard ICs For Space Applications

Another product, the all-flash IBM DS8888, is optimized for enterprise-class servers which help accelerate customer databases and data-intensive applications for improved business performance and customer satisfaction.

The press release states that IBM Flash Storage has been adopted by the Arizona State Land Department and has helped them speed access to data. This has increased their client productivity by 7 times while reducing their virtual machine boot times by over 85 percent.

Comments William Reed, chief technology officer at the Arizona State Land Department: “The workloads our department manages include CAD files for land mapping, geographic information system (GIS) applications and satellite imagery for the over 9.2 million acres of State Trust lands we’re responsible to oversee. The data we manage is tied directly to our goal to make this information available and to increase its analytical capabilities.”

For further details, view the full Press release.



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