In this ESG360 Video, ESG's Mark Peters interviews Ed Walsh, General Manager of IBM Storage and Software-defined Infrastructure, about IBM's Vision of a Data-driven Multi-cloud.
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Mark: So I've got a few minutes here with Ed Walsh, Supremo Leader of Everything Storage IBM Ed. So congratulations on the launch.
Ed: Thank you very much.
Mark: I thought it was interesting because there were clearly two messages. There's both the data-driven multi-cloud umbrella or vision element that we should touch on. And then obviously, you've got the brand-new product, the 9100 NVMe Flash. So let's start with the vision, if we might, just to clarify that for everyone.
Ed: I don't think it's hard to have a conversation with CIO, any one in IT. Really, they want to be data-driven. And that means a lot of things to people, but it's easy to say but it's very hard to do. But the people are really good at being data-driven. They can really leverage their data for business results, have an immense benefit, right, an advantage in the market. But it is not easy to do. And infrastructure does matter to do that.
And then multi-cloud is really…it's being data-driven in a multi-cloud context because everyone is multi-cloud today and increasingly so. So even if you're a hybrid cloud or if you're just using some SaaS services, think about just what you do for email, what you do for your CRM, and then what you do non-prem. You're multi-cloud now and increasingly so, so you have to be thinking about that and how to help clients think through where they want to get to, but more importantly, where they're at. And then have they, over time, get to be more data-driven and walk them forward. That's where IBM overall position in storage but also strategies help people do that.
Mark: A very quick follow-up on that.
Mark: Doing this data-driven multi-cloud because it's a good thing and it's possible or more importantly, what's the payoff, because that's the big one.
Ed: Well, so for clients, I think clients are desperately trying to be data-driven. We see a lot of leaders and laggards, so one thing we do is we try to share what's working for the leaders and laggards. In fact, a study which you guys did I thought was perfect, if you look at the difference between leader and laggards, you said storage technology. I think one of the stats, you can probably correct me, was like they're 7x more likely to be data-driven in their business, so actually getting business results. So clients have to do it. You need to have the right infrastructure, but more importantly, you need to have that mindset to be data-driven.
Mark: Okay. Now, that makes sense. Turning to the product announcement.
Mark: And then I'll try to bring the two of them together in a second, but turning to your product announcement, IBM, renowned for good products, but what is interesting, special, noticeable about the 9100?
Ed: So the FlashSystem, it's really a flagship FlashSystem lie, so FlashSystem 9100. It's blazingly fast, all-NVMe device so just give you a feeling for it. Running a 2U device, 2 petabytes running over 2.5 million IOPS per second. You can cluster four of those in 8U. You're literally running 10 million IOPS per second. So literally, we can help your infrastructure be performant, but also to all flexibilities.
So in that environment, great snapshots replications, but also, there's embedded software that allows you to actually manage to be much more agile. So API-based automation, driving self-service, which you can...freeing up your team to focus on other things, but more importantly, being agile. All the same flexibility and agility that you have in the public cloud, but doing it on-prem. And without this level of software, you literally can't do some of the things, like running DevOps: Ansible, Puppet, Chef. With our technology, that's embedded in the technology,you''re able to set up an API tier that's been templatized so you're able to set up these environments for developers. They're able to go after this API that's separated and isolated from the storage underneath, but allows the developers to get what they need to drive their business quick, but also have IT run something that's very resilient and they're in control of the overall operation.
Mark: I'm watching the enthusiasm of every... Anyone in the infrastructure business, as soon as it gets to...right at the box and got blazingly fast and so on. Now, you may have touched on some things, but I want to expand it.
So we started by talking about high-level vision, and we talked about the box. But I have to admit, the first time when I sat down, saw some pre-briefings on this and now I've seen the launch and you hear words like "9100 and it's, you know, an NVMe, accelerated, multi-cloud enabled," it's buzzword bingo, isn't it? But what does that really mean? Because otherwise, it's just a lot of descriptives.
Ed: No, it's really important. Everything is gonna go NVMe very fast. So just like you didn't think you need 15,000 RPM disk drive, just like you didn't think you need all-flash, it goes quickly. Especially the more AI-driven you are, you're gonna need the performance and the latency and throughput of these boxes. And it's really gonna change how you build your infrastructure.
So this is important. One it's NVMe throughout industry-leading performance, industry-leading density but also when we do dedup and our guarantee is around FIDO 1 type of storage efficiency, 100% uptime, are critical to people building the right infrastructure. But ti's also being multi-cloud enabled. So you wanna have the best private cloud you can. All the same efficiency, all the same agility, the same DevOps capabilities in the cloud, on-prem, but more importantly, at any given time, either now or in the future, everyone that's building IT infrastructure needs to have a private cloud that seamlessly is able to use either APIs or extend in the public cloud as their business demands.
So what we have is these patterns, blueprints, showing you exactly how to do it, what we see as these high-ROI use cases. And what we've done is we've put these blueprints forward, so it is a multi-cloud. We'll show you how, in cookbook sense, to extend your cloud for what you're trying to do in business.
Mark: All right. No, that's really good. Thank you for explaining that. I think we had hours of launch and announcements. I think you just covered it all in a few minutes. So thanks very much. So not buzzword bingo but sort of a business relevance and exactly how we will run, essentially, IT moving forward.
Ed: It's important, if you want to move forward being data-driven, you need the right infrastructure, but it's the agility you need. This type of movement in product is critical to have the right infrastructure.
Mark: Well, Ed. Thank you very much.
Ed: Thank you.
Mark: Thank you for watching.