IBM announced Wednesday enhancements to its line of software-defined storage products known as IBM Spectrum Storage. The enhancements are designed to provide better management and security in storing large volumes of data, and to support both traditional and next-generation applications such as cognitive computing across hybrid cloud environments.
The new features include:
IBM Spectrum Virtualize, which is storage virtualization. The new software feature provides data encryption on existing heterogeneous storage systems.
IBM Spectrum Scale, which has new features including data compression to reduce storage space needed for files and objects and the ability to accelerate Hadoop applications with a new Hadoop Filed System interface.
IBM Spectrum Control, which optimizes data and storage, now extends management and data analytics capabilities for IBM FlashSystem, IBM Spectrum Scale file and object storage systems.
IDC defined software-defined storage platforms as a "new functional market added to the total storage software market that covers block, file, object and/or hyperconverged software offerings that enable the creation of a storage system." Specifically, IDC referred to software-defined storage as "platforms that deliver the full suite of storage services via a software stack that uses (but is not dependent on) commodity hardware built with off-the-shelf components."