In an effort to help companies tackle the challenges of storing Big Data, IBM plans to spend $1 billion on flash memory development. The investment will go toward R&D to design, create and integrate new flash solutions into the company’s servers, storage systems and middleware.
“The economics and performance of flash are at a point where the technology can have a revolutionary impact on enterprises, especially for transaction-intensive applications,” says Ambuj Goyal, general manager of Systems Storage at IBM. “The confluence of Big Data, social, mobile and cloud technologies is creating an environment in the enterprise that demands faster, more efficient access to business insights, and flash can provide that access quickly.”
In conjunction with its investment, Big Blue will establish 12 Centers of Competency where clients can see IBM’s flash technology in action as it provides real-time decision support for operational information and improves the performance of mission-critical workloads. Centers are expected to open by year’s end in China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Singapore, South America, U.K., and the U.S.
IBM also has rolled out a line of all-flash storage appliances, which are based on technology acquired from Texas Memory Systems last fall. Additionally, the company has signed a deal with Sprint Nextel Corp. to install nine flash storage systems in its data center.