New IBM Spectrum Fusion storage takes aim at container users

IBM is directing its aim to enterprises operating in container environments with a new Spectrum Fusion program-defined storage product or service that brings together its standard parallel file technique, metadata management and info protection systems.

The 1st Spectrum Fusion launch, owing in the second 50 percent of the year, will integrate compute, storage and networking into a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) technique that will come outfitted with the Red Hat OpenShift Kubernetes application platform. IBM has been tailoring goods for use with Red Hat program because finishing its $34 billion acquisition of the open up resource program vendor in July 2019.

Spectrum Fusion merges aspects of a few IBM program-defined goods: Spectrum Scale’s Basic Parallel File Procedure (GPFS) than can span edge to main to cloud deployments, Spectrum Explore to catalog and index metadata, and Spectrum Guard Plus for backup-and-restore abilities. Fusion also supports S3-based object storage on premises or in the cloud. Prospects control Spectrum Fusion by means of a single management portal.

IBM ideas to launch a program-only variation of Spectrum Fusion in early 2022 for use on any server components on premises or in the public cloud. Clouds supported out of the gate will be AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and IBM Cloud. 

Addresses cloud-indigenous workloads

“With Spectrum Fusion, IBM is creating a info platform exclusively to address the requirements of cloud-indigenous workloads,” claimed Scott Sinclair, a senior analyst at Business Technique Group, a division of TechTarget. “It is a lot more than just a storage platform, or even standard HCI. Leveraging Red Hat OpenShift, IBM is hunting to substantially simplify handling cloud-indigenous application environments across the hybrid cloud.”

Sinclair claimed Spectrum Fusion would accelerate accessibility to technique sources across a hybrid cloud ecosystem, and in switch, velocity application improvement, and in the end aid IT infrastructure and operations groups as properly as builders. He expects the Fusion HCI technique to deliver sizeable fascination with its simplified deployment model.

Spectrum Fusion follows an IBM pattern of offering consumers the alternative of acquiring program-only versions of storage goods as properly as components configurations that bundle it. For instance, IBM’s Elastic Storage Procedure (ESS) builds in Spectrum Scale, which is also offered as a independently program-defined storage product or service.

Eric Herzog, vice president of business development and go-to-industry in the IBM storage division, claimed Spectrum Fusion HCI would come out right before the program-only choice because of the significant industry opportunity, based on suggestions the firm acquired from consumers and analysts. IBM also saw a gap with competitors that guide with virtual equipment, rather than container-indigenous, deployments, Herzog claimed.

“We want to go to where the puck is going, and the planet is transferring to containers,” Herzog claimed. “We will certainly help virtual equipment as properly. But we will guide with container-indigenous.” 

Business change to container-based hybrid clouds

Randy Kerns, a senior strategist and analyst at Evaluator Group, estimated that two-thirds of enterprises will either deploy a new container-based hybrid cloud or try out to make a cloud-indigenous, container-based ecosystem that their DevOps groups have already constructed “company-capable” above the upcoming a few decades. He claimed plenty of builders took a “roll-your-have” approach, but company IT companies want to place a help infrastructure in location.

“They want a vendor that they know is going to be there five to 10 decades from now,” Kerns claimed. “And they you should not want to have to go out and try out and conquer the bushes to discover someone with a extremely demanding talent established, which is what the issue is proper now.”

Kerns claimed IBM purchased Red Hat because of the “land seize going on” for enterprises that are deploying container-based hybrid clouds, and the new Spectrum Fusion product or service would give IBM a a lot more entire featuring than most rivals. He sees SUSE’s Rancher with Longhorn as the closest competitor. Other individuals include Red Hat OpenShift with OpenShift Container Storage, VMware vSphere and Tanzu, and Hewlett Packard’s Ezmeral. Some suppliers aim on storage for container-based programs, including Pure Storage’s Portworx.

“Storage for container environments is a little bit of a wild, wild West type of a situation because each and every vendor is pursuing a different strategy. [But] they are only [addressing] possibly component of the problem,” claimed Ashish Nadkarni, a team vice president with IDC’s throughout the world infrastructure practice. “What IBM is declaring is, ‘Hey, we help OpenShift, and OpenShift itself is extremely comprehensive. We will be ready to give you a complete stack of info providers for OpenShift. Spectrum Fusion will give you all the things you need.’ Which is why it truly is a large deal.”

Until finally Spectrum Fusion, IBM consumers had to place jointly the several aspects they need for their hybrid-cloud workloads, this sort of as AI or large-info analytics, in “piecemeal” style, Herzog claimed. He claimed all the items would have been “container-enabled” or “container-prepared,” but not “container-indigenous” as they will be now, with Spectrum Scale working in a container. Spectrum Fusion HCI, for instance, offers compute, storage and networking as properly as RedHat OpenShift, Kubernetes, and RedHat’s virtualization technological know-how, Herzog noted. 

IBM updates ESS

Also currently, IBM updated its ESS product or service line with a new ESS 3200 model that claims to double the examine general performance of the ESS 3000 model that it will exchange. The 3200 can deliver 80 GB per second of throughput per node and help up to 8 ports of two hundred Gbps InfiniBand or a hundred Gbps Ethernet to cut down latency. NVMe flash potential commences at forty one TB and can scale up to 367 TB per 2U node with the ESS 3200.

IBM also included a denser ESS 5000 choice that features a utmost potential of 15.2 PB with nine disk enclosures. IBM claimed existing consumers can update their methods with added push enclosures.

The ESS 3200 and ESS 5000 have containerized technique program and help Red Hat OpenShift, the Kubernetes Container Storage Interface (CSI), CSI snapshots and clones, Red Hat Ansible, Home windows, Linux and bare-metallic deployments.

Carol Sliwa is a TechTarget senior author masking storage arrays and drives, flash and memory systems, and company architecture.