Wednesday, 14 May 2014

IBM Announces Elastic Storage

IBM has been busy lately developing it's own cloud products as it attempts to re-invent itself. In the past few days they announced an extension to their GPFS (Global Parallel File System), and rebranded it as elastic storage:

It will be interesting to see how this fares against Redhat's Gluster-based Open Storage offerings, however the future direction is now clearly away from tradition dedicated SAN and NAS devices. Having said that I think there will be a role for both because Gluster was not designed for multiple high-speed communications as SAN was, but it is the lear winner on cost and flexibility.

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