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IBM FlashSystem: Not Just Storage, but Data Management

If you haven’t yet heard about the data center crash at the LAX airport a few days back, then you missed quite a story. This 45-minute-downtime, which easily could have spanned to hours, caused 10 canceled flights and over 500 rippling delays.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) statement regarding the incident, this system crash was caused by a U-2 spy plane flying over the airport. Due to the low altitude, the LAX automated command data center instantly attempted to re-direct a substantia

l number of other local aircraft to allow for this lower altitude flight. The data center, evidently, took on more than it could chew, causing the ERAM (memory) component of the data center to crumble.

According to the FAA report, “The extensive number of routings that would have been required to de-conflict the aircraft with lower-altitude flights used a large amount of available memory and interrupted the computer’s other flight-processing functions.” (source)

This story is a perfect example of modern day challenges that data centers are facing all over the world. In the last 10 years, CPU and DRAM performance and speed have increased an average of 9x. Bus speed has increased around 20x, and network speeds are around 100 times faster. So why then have disk speeds – the processing component of every data center – only seen an increase of 1.2x?

Add on the explosive amount and complex variety of Big Data that must be stored as well as analyzed, and it’s easy to see why many companies are plagued with slower running systems, frequent application crashes, delayed schedules, and budget losses that result from inefficient infrastructures. Thankfully, IBM has emerged with a game-changing solution yet again.

At the forefront of innovation in the technology marketplace, IBM has broken down yet another technological barrier with its creation of FlashSystem, a storage technology built on solid disk drives. According to a case study performed by Rathbone Brothers Plc., one of the UK's largest and longest-established investing companies, FlashSystem multiplied its processing power by around 40 times. A Sprint case study also reported that IBM FlashSystem led to response times that ranked 10 times faster than spinning disk drives.

To give you an idea of the impact that IBM FlashSystem is going to have on the modern data center, here’s a brief list of what IBM FlashSystem can do:

IBM FlashSystem:

  • Can be extensively used across a wide variety of industries all over the world
  • Simplify data administration and management
  • Eliminate data-related bottlenecks that slow applications and processing
  • Significantly lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)
  • Improve system-wide scalability while ensuring file management consistency

Discover what IBM FlashSystem can offer your company and reach out to the IT Business Partner Network to scout the highest-rated IBM Business Partner in your region.

Written by IBM BP Network