IBM today announced new innovations to its IBM Spectrum Storage family of software-defined storage.
The offering is aimed to help clients improve storage management, data security and reduce data costs as they deploy new technology to support cognitive and other data-driven applications across hybrid cloud environments.
“As organizations transform to digital business, they increasingly require a solution to store data safely and cost effectively,” said Jamie Thomas, General Manager, IBM Storage.
“The advancements in Spectrum Storage that we are announcing today will help clients by increasing data security and improving data storage management.”
New features added to the storage family are IBM Spectrum Virtualize, IBM Spectrum Scale and IBM Spectrum Control.
The IBM Spectrum Virtualize offers a new software feature that provides data encryption on existing heterogeneous storage systems, eliminating the need to purchase new infrastructure.
IBM Spectrum Scale software and the IBM Elastic Storage Server integrated system helps clients reduce capital and operating expenses for large volumes of files and objects used by cognitive and cloud applications.
Similarly, IBM Spectrum Control helps reduce IT costs and complexity by optimizing data and storage.
Recently, IBM announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire The Weather Company’s B2B, mobile and cloud-based web properties, including WSI, weather.com, Weather Underground and The Weather Company brand.
The acquisition is based on a $3 billion commitment made by IBM in March 2015 to invest in related offerings and services.
Meanwhile, the TV segment – The Weather Channel – will not be acquired by IBM, but will license weather forecast data and analytics from IBM under a long-term contract.