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May 22, 2009

IBM adds SSDs across its product line

The new offerings claim to improve performance by up to 800% over HDDs

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM announced that it is delivering new solid-state offerings across its hardware platforms using new data management software to enable customers to improve response times on Solid State Drives (SSDs).

Solid-state drives which use flash technology can conduct up to 20,000 data transfers per second compared with 200 data transfers per second on hard drive.

IBM has said that it has expanded its newest product line to support solid state with new energy-efficient solid state drives for its Power Systems servers which claim to offer faster I/O response rates to help clients optimise cost, performance and energy savings. The new drives will be supported on all POWER6 systems, from Blades to enterprise servers.

The company also announced the availability of new SSDs for System x servers with new SATA. A 50GB drive is available in either a 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch form factor for blades and System x rack and tower servers. The SSDs support Windows, Linux, ESX Server and VMware’s hypervisor.

IBM also announced the availability of SSDs on its System storage DS8000 which is expected to help customers decrease back-end drive response times.

The new offerings with SSDs claims to improve the performance by up to 800% over HDDs, reduce physical footprint by approximately 80% and energy consumption by up to 90%.

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