IBM and Catalogic Software, have a new set of solutions combining Catalogic’s, ECX, with storage offerings within the IBM portfolio. The solutions are aimed at improving an organisations current infrastructure and improving their agility through the addition of storage automation, data management, new self-service capabilities for hybrid cloud solutions, and a complete RESTful API management for DevOps.
Catalogic and IBM claim this new agility will allow organisations to accelerate the implementation of new use cases and workloads, including DevOps and Hybrid Cloud initiatives. Catalogic ECX is a software platform that installs into a businesses’ existing infrastructure as a virtual appliance and leverages the public APIs of storage controllers, storage software systems, and hypervisors.
For hybrid cloud solutions, the joint IBM-Catalogic solution allows IT to define and automate the process of creating live application environments in the cloud including DR, Test and Development, analytics, etc and claims ROIs of 300+%. For DevOps solutions the solution adds the automation and self-service capabilities, along with full RESTful API management creating a flexible “infrastructure as code” development platform, while allowing the data centre IT team to stay in control of the infrastructure and maintain compliance with SLAs and governance policies.
Joint solutions include adding ECX into IBM’s Storwize family of hybrid flash/HDD systems, IBM’s SAN Volume Controller (SVC), IBM’s FlashSystem V9000, and into IBM’s SoftLayer public cloud (where it adds the ability to define automated data usage policies to orchestrate all layers of the stack) and IBM’s Spectrum Protect.