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How Fast Can a Company Get Access to Its Data?
According to International Data Group, unstructured data is growing at a rate of 62 percent per year. When coupled with increased use of analytics. companies are finding new ways to maximize insights for things such as employee hiring and engagement, customer experience and product development and delivery. In fact, organizations want to find cheaper, faster and better ways for those insights to be delivered where they’re needed most. That means that organizations need to focus on how to effectively manage and store data in a smart way.
Data management makes up all aspects of the data lifecycle: moving, storing, processing and retrieval. For IT managers, the past challenge s of finding ways to store more and more data traditionally have been solved with storage hardware that continues to set records in capacity. The new challenge is how fast data can be accessed when real-time responsiveness and continuous availability is required. For real-time data management, clients need to rethink their data architecture. The world needs a more flexible and intelligent infrastructure.
While storage hardware certainly plays an important part in the solution, clients expect storage software to deliver agility and flexibility to users and applications. As storage hardware becomes a commodity, the value of the solution is the software that determines how data is stored, where it’s stored, and how it’s accessed.
Organizations are shifting their business models and strategies to a more software-centric approach. This trend has given rise to an entirely new storage buyer. Unlike traditional
storage purchases, which were made by people with infrastructure roles, more storage services are increasingly acquired by those who are closest to the data and applications. This makes easy management of data all the more important.
For those reasons, my company today has announced software-defined storage with the release of IBM Spectrum, a software-only suite of storage solutions, as well as a $1 billion commitment to move to a high-value storage software business model. This change will not only accelerate the way that IBM provides the right solutions, but will move the storage industry forward into the next era.
City of Hope National Medical Center. a leading research and treatment center for diabetes, HIV and other life-threatening diseases with 13 locations in California, turned to a private cloud and software-defined environment to offer access to data and information anywhere, anytime and any device. Data that the medical center collects from patients grows by approximately 67 percent every year. With growing patient data volumes and strict budgets, City of Hope needed to find a way to secure patient data. while allowing physicians and nurses extremely rapid access to specific patients’ data.
By implementing a private cloud, the medical center has freed up funds that can be used for research and treatment. With dynamic storage software at the epicenter, the City of Hope can handle the growing data and fast access demanded.
The shift to a software-defined environment will become common. As organizations continue to seek ways to decouple data from devices, we’ll see an increasing number of organizations not only concerned about the size of data, but how they’re using it. The key to this is software-based storage technology will be how they extracting insights from it.
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Vincent (Yu-Cheng) Hsu is an IBM Fellow and the CTO for IBM Storage system.