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IBM to invest $1B in flash memory development

Lucas Mearian | April 12, 2013
After its buyout of Texas Memory Systems, IBM is now the latest on the vendor bandwagon to push flash into the data centers, saying it will invest a whopping $1 billion into flash research.

The new IBM FlashSystem joins the company's growing stable of all-flash and hybrid (disk/flash) arrays, which include IBM Storwize V7000, IBM System Storage DS8870, and the IBM XIV Storage System.

As part of its commitment to flash development, IBM today said it plans to open 12 Centers of Competency around the globe that will allow customers to run proof-of-concept scenarios with real-world data to measure the projected performance gains that can be achieved with IBM flash products.

"Clients will see first-hand how IBM flash solutions can provide real-time decision support for operational information, and help improve the performance of mission-critical workloads, such as credit card processing, stock exchange transactions, manufacturing and order processing systems," IBM said in a news release.

IBM is currently targeting Centers of Competency in China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, South America, the U.K., and the U.S to all be operational by the end of the year.

Sprint recently completed a deal with IBM to install nine flash storage systems in its data center, for a total of 150TB of additional storage. IBM said Sprint was looking to improve the performance and efficiency of its phone activation application.

In a statement, Sprint officials said this latest installation is part of the company's new strategy to move its most active data to all-flash storage systems.

Lucas Mearian covers storage, disaster recovery and business continuity, financial services infrastructure and health care IT for Computerworld. Follow Lucas on Twitter at @lucasmearian or subscribe to Lucas's RSS feed. His e-mail address is

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