March 21st, 2018 by Adam Armstrong
IBM Rolls Out New Cloud Object Storage Services At Think 2018
At IBM Think 2018 this year in Las Vegas, the company announced new Cloud Object Storage services. These new services address issues around migrating to the cloud and moving large files on the cloud within a reasonable timeframe. The three main services announced today center around high-speed transfers, data analytics, and archive capabilities.
According to 451 Research, by 2019 nearly 60% of all enterprise workloads will be in the cloud. More and more organizations are leveraging the cloud but are running into a few issues. Primarily it is difficult to get large chunks of data onto the cloud or move it once it is there. Customers need better speed in the cloud. Not only do they need better speed getting data to the cloud, or moved once on the cloud, they need to be able to analyze the data in a timely fashion to get the most out of it. IBM is announcing some answers for these needs.
The Cloud isn’t known for particularly fast speeds, in most cases. However, at Think IBM is previewing its new Aspera high-speed transfer option. Customers are reporting transfer rates hundreds of times faster than the standard http/ftp. This new service works well with large files as well, think M&E, genomics, and financial services. Customers have reported moves of 100TB in 24 hours on a 10Gb/s network. On top of speed, Aspera also protects data as it is being transferred.
Getting data into the cloud or where one wants it quickly can be a huge benefit, but then what? Insights can be gained through analytics but data must be analyzed quickly to not lose out. IBM is introducing its new SQL Query. The company claims users will be able to “instantly” analyze data on IBM Cloud Object Storage. The new service can be used on data streams like click-stream data, Internet of Things (IoT) messages, and raw analytics events to gain real-time insights. IBM SQL Query leverages IBM Cloud Object Storage and comes with benefits offered such as data protection and controls.
This is all well and good for data that provides insights and needs to get to the cloud quickly, but the majority of data may not have as apparent benefits, though it still needs to be retained. IBM is also offering a cost-effective archiving option for cooler data with its IBM Cloud Object Storage.