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Thursday, 26 March 2015 21:24

IBM Cloud introduces new storage options for SoftLayer cloud servers

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IBM adds new Block Storage and File Storage with Endurance and Performance Tiers to add additional control to organisations cloud infrastructure

IBM has added new Block Storage and File Storage for bare metal and virtual servers on its SoftLayer cloud platform service and introduced new Endurance and Performance classes of both solutions.

The new SoftLayer Block and File storage solutions are built on a combination of solid-state drives - for higher input/output operations per second (IOPS) applications - as well as enterprise-grade disk storage and include high levels of data redundancy to protect data integrity and availability in case of events such as operational errors or hardware failure.

However, if that’s not enough, and you need workloads that require the highest level of data durability IBM has added the option of Endurance-class levels of either storage type. With Endurance, users can select the performance tier that matches the needs of their workload. Total performance is determined by volume size, with larger volumes having higher performance. Endurance class also provides additional storage features, including automated snapshots and replication – including backup and mirror data between multiple SoftLayer cloud data centres.

Alternatively, there’s also a Performance-class level of either storage type, for workloads that require a specific level of input/output operations per second (IOPS). The Performance class allows users to specify the maximum level of IOPS that their storage must always deliver, independent of volume size.

SoftLayer’s new Block Storage and File Storage are available in SoftLayer cloud data centres around the world.

“As businesses move to the cloud or create more amazing cloud-based services, the diversity of workloads we see is growing at an astonishing rate. No two workloads are the same, and each has a unique storage profile,” said Marc Jones, CTO for SoftLayer. “When an application or data set is mission critical, it is important to be able to control as many dimensions of its storage as possible. Being able to choose from a full range of storage types—from block to file and object—is great, but not enough. So as we created our new Block Storage and File Storage, we engineered them with Endurance and Performance options so that customers can fine tune their environment by whichever attribute is their highest priority.”

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