IBM moves to ‘container native’ with software-defined storage platform for OpenShift, Cloud Native
IBM has unveiled a new, container-native, software-defined storage platform called IBM Spectrum Fusion. “ Container native ” is the term increasingly applied to cloud-based systems designed and built from the ground up to get the most out of containerization, especially in the case of multi and hybrid cloud environments where, in this case, storage services should respond. the needs of cloud native workloads and the data flows that will increasingly flow through them.
IBM, of course, has open source hybrid cloud software specialist Red Hat as a subsidiary and is increasingly focusing its software and systems efforts on supporting multi-cloud support software requirements. container-based with Red Hat OpenShift.
Red Hat particularly targets the cloud of telecom operators and highlighted its progress during this week. The Red Hat Summit event, claiming that it engages with a number of the world’s leading communications service providers – such as Hong Kong Telecom, Proximus in Belgium and Turkcell in Turkey – to help them deploy container applications. Key drivers for adoption of OpenShift and advanced networking technology by communication service providers include adoption of 5G, introduction and management of AI, national regulations increasingly stringent data requirements and legal restrictions on the storage and location of data that communications service providers are required to adhere to.
IBM storage overhaul
Spectrum Fusion, as the name suggests, takes some existing IBM storage software pieces and wraps them into a container native software product. These include IBM’s general parallel file system technology (IBM Spectrum Scale) and its data protection software (IBM Spectrum Protect and Spectrum Discover).
IBM also claims to update its IBM Elastic Storage System with an upgraded ESS 5000 and a new ESS 3200 which now have more storage capacity and better performance than their IBM predecessors. (see above)
It is hard to overstate how important the proper storage and transmission of data has already become in a telecommunications world that is rapidly transforming to meet the demands of 5G applications and other data storage challenges offered by the switch to the edge and the need to support selective data and applications there. This is because data becomes “location independent” but still needs to be tracked, so storage systems must evolve to cope.
In its announcement, IBM points out that as hybrid cloud adoption grows, so does the need to manage the network edge.
“Often geographically dispersed and disconnected from the data center, edge computing can block vast amounts of data that could otherwise be used for analytics and AI. Like the digital universe, ”he argues,“ the periphery continues to expand, creating increasingly dissociated data sources and silos ”.
A frightening statistic to focus minds
IBM quotes IDC as reporting that the number of new business processes deployed on edge infrastructure will grow from less than 20% today to over 90% in 2024 as digital engineering accelerates IT / OT convergence. And by 2022, the research firm estimates that 80% of organizations that transition to a hybrid enterprise by design will further increase their spending on secure, AI-enabled edge infrastructure.
It is interesting to note the change in approach IBM has over the decades to openness. He fought to imminent death in the 70s and 80s with any company that dared to produce IBM compatible products, especially data storage products. No more. Openness and open source are now where it all happens.
IBM says its first incarnation of IBM Spectrum Fusion is expected to come in the form of a container-native hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) system. When released in the second half of 2021, it will integrate compute, storage and networking into a single solution and will be equipped with Red Hat OpenShift to enable enterprises to support environments for virtual machines and containers and to provide software-defined storage for the cloud, edge and containerized data centers.