November 16, 2007 10:00 ET
IBM Ships 10,000th Storage Virtualization Engine
Able Body Labor to Use IBM Storage Virtualization Solution for Lower Energy Costs, Deliver Information on Demand
ARMONK, NY--(Marketwire - November 16, 2007) - IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it has
shipped its 10,000th storage virtualization engine -- SAN Volume Controller
(SVC) -- to Able Body Labor, a mid-sized business in Florida, who will use
SVC to be a differentiator in improving their infrastructure, increasing
storage utilization, and at the same time helping to lower energy costs.
In just over four years since its introduction, IBM now has 10,000 SAN
Volume Controller engines running in more than 3,400 installations.
IBM has also announced today that it is making the next generation of its
SVC system -- version 4.2.1 -- generally available. This version will have
enhanced FlashCopy and dramatically improved supported storage capacity --
technology enhancements designed to speed data replication and extend the
benefits of storage virtualization to even larger customer environments.
"IBM has been delivering virtualization capabilities for more than 40 years
and today we unveil a milestone in the area of data storage virtualization
with the shipment of 10,000 storage virtualization engines -- a fact no
other storage company in the world can claim," said Kelly Beavers,
Director, Storage Software, IBM. "By working across multiple platforms,
IBM's storage virtualization helps to lower energy costs and unlocks the
proprietary hold that other storage vendors have had on customers for years
-- which IBM believes makes storage virtualization the killer application
in the storage industry over the next decade."
SVC helps improve flexibility and responsiveness of IT infrastructures,
such as creating a single virtual pool of information across the
enterprise, enabling IT departments to respond more quickly to business
needs and manage resources more flexibly. Benefits including increased
resiliency, better application availability, simplified data migrations,
and improved resource utilization can all be achieved through storage
virtualization and these benefits are increased further when SVC is coupled
with server virtualization such as through IBM System p LPARs and VMware
IBM's storage virtualization helps to unlock the proprietary hold that
vendors such as EMC, HP and Hitachi have had on customers for years. With
IBM SVC, customers can choose any combination of supported EMC, IBM, HP,
Hitachi or other devices, virtualize them, and manage and deploy them
easily and with greater flexibility and independence than ever before.
10,000th SVC Engine Customer
Able Body Labor is one of the fastest growing privately owned staffing
companies in the country. The Able Body family of companies maintains a
diversified portfolio of staffing solutions.
Able Body Labor, Preferable Staffing, Infinity Staffing, Fuerza Laboral,
Provide Staff, Brooks 55 Labor, and TrainingU are all designed to meet the
dynamic needs of their client base. With 160 offices in twenty states and
750 full time employees, Able Body is poised to become a major US provider
of temporary and temporary to permanent employees.
Over an infrastructure of entry level and mid-range storage solutions, IBM
Business Partner Champion Solutions Group is working with Able Body Labor
to deploy IBM SAN Volume Controller to more efficiently manage pools of
storage and multiple SAN fabrics.
"Storage virtualization is a huge differentiator for maximizing
infrastructures, getting full utilization, and at the same time lowering
energy costs," said Paul Zimorski, CIO, Able Body Labor. "Our organization
needs to be able to access information very quickly while at the same time
truly use the full value of the storage infrastructure we have in place --
and storage virtualization and IBM's SAN Volume Controller solution is
going to do that for us."
Next Generation of IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller Software
IBM is making the next generation of SVC generally available today. SVC
4.2.1. will have Incremental FlashCopy, Cascaded FlashCopy, and a 4X
improvement in the maximum supported storage -- going from 2 petabytes to 8
petabytes. These enhancements will help enable customers to enjoy improved
speed when creating backup copies, improved replication flexibility, and
the ability to experience the benefits of SVC in even larger storage
configurations. SVC 4.2.1 support will be provided for new operating
environments with VMware ESX Server: Red Hat and SUSE Linux, and Novell
Among some of the recent industry highlights in 2007 for IBM's SAN Volume
-- According to the independent industry organization, Storage
Performance Council, IBM's SAN Volume Controller is the fastest benchmarked
storage virtualization solution in the world today, with speeds over 75
percent above its predecessor (1);
-- According to a recent IDC report, in Q207 IBM achieved double digit
year-over-year revenue growth in the storage software, growing fastest and
gaining the most revenue share of the top three vendors. This marks the
tenth consecutive quarter that IBM Storage Software had equal-or-above-
market average revenue growth (2);
-- IBM SVC is one of the technology solutions included in Project Big
Green, which IBM announced in May 2007. Project Big Green features new and
existing energy efficient products and services along with a plan to
sharply reduce data center energy consumption for IBM and its customers.
-- A study of SVC customers by Forrester Consulting found that SVC can
help improve storage utilization by as much as 30 percent and helps reduce
storage growth by as much as 20 percent (3);
-- IBM's storage virtualization solution was certified in October for
Storage virtualization is a key component of IBM's Information on Demand,
Green Data Center and IT Optimization strategies. The enhanced IBM SAN
Volume Controller -- SVC 4.2.1 -- will be generally available starting
today, November 16, 2007. More information can be found here:
For more information about IBM System Storage and IBM's SAN Volume
Controller solution, please visit http://www.ibm.com/storage.
(1) Details of the SAN Volume Controller Results are available at:
(2) Source: IDC Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker, Q2 2007
(3) This report can be accessed by visiting ibm.com/storage/svc and
clicking on "What People are Saying"