Imagine hitting a golf ball in New York City… and making a hole in one in Los Angeles! This is how one observer portrayed the New Horizons deep space mission to Pluto, though perhaps he could have been describing the capabilities of IBM FlashSystem storage arrays. New Horizons represents quite a bundle of challenges, risks, and achievements. The investment and the quantifiable risk is in the ballpark of US$700 million. The return on investment took over nine years and still counting. The spacecraft set the record for the highest launch speed of a human-made object from Earth. Once it left, there was no turning back.

Sounds a lot like your next product or services launch, doesn’t it? Or maybe “mission to Pluto” was what you jotted in your notepad after you were tasked with increasing the capacity, performance, and reliability of the company’s information systems on the same budget as last year? Perhaps it’s really true; the future is Pluto. To achieve your business goals will require a difficult journey, there may be significant risk along the way, and once you arrive, there’s no telling what you’ll find.

As fast as our knowledge of the universe is expanding, your business world may be expanding faster. Pluto was discovered in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh, decades before the first spacecraft ventured beyond 50 miles above Earth. This New Horizons spacecraft is exploring the Kuiper Belt, 50 times the distance from the Earth to the sun. Only a few years ago, you announced your new products to your community; now, thanks to the Internet, mobile apps, social engagement, and the cloud, it’s a global affair.

This is the universe in which you do business. When you are ready to launch your next product, what platform will power the future of your business? There are many unknowns ahead, but you can bet that both the volume and the velocity of your data will increase significantly, dramatically. You’ll need the best possible fraud protection. Your business will demand faster decision-making and more in-depth analytics. You can turn these technology challenges into advantages with IBM storage solutions. Or you can choose to stay behind.

Yes, the future is Pluto. Tiny target in the sky. Big dreams. Great engineering. Stunning technology. Wild success. You can watch from the easy chair, applaud the success of others. Or you can learn more about IBM FlashSystem here and begin the journey to enable your own New Horizons today.

Schedule a consultation to discuss your specific business goals with one of our qualified consultants.

Also read a recent IBM Press Release quoting Flagship CEO, Mark Wyllie: IBM Expands All-Flash Storage Offerings for Cloud and Cognitive Computing

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Flash Storage

As client requirements evolve to meet new demands and workloads, IBM is uniquely positioned to help transform storage models with agile, simple to use and cost effective solutions. IBM has demonstrated market share leadership in all-flash arrays and software defined storage platforms and continues to expand its offerings and overall business value to clients. IBM FlashSystem™ helps clients make better data driven decisions faster.

IBM FlashSystem Family is driving a shift in enterprise storage

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Report: ESG Comparing IBM FlashSystems To Traditional Performance Disk Systems

ESG was engaged by IBM to develop a detailed economic value model and analysis for its all-flash, enterprisegrade FlashSystem solution compared to traditional tier- 1 performance disk arrays, which is the mode of storage this model of the FlashSystem line is intended to compete against; the model and accompanying analysis is intended to help organizations determine the relative costs and benefits of leveraging IBM FlashSystem for a variety of enterprise workloads compared to a likely traditional storage alternative. The economic value model builds upon in-depth interviews with IBM technical stakeholders, relevant product demos, additional ESG market research related to typical enterprise storage system requirements, and ESG’s general familiarity with the myriad of storage solutions available in the market today. The goal of the Economic Value Validation (EVV) analysis is to provide potential customers with a comprehensive picture of the direct and indirect costs and benefits that they should consider when evaluating an investment to meet their storage needs

Flash and donkeys?

IBM Fellow Andy Walls explains flash block optimization with a donkey analogy. Learn more at

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IBM FlashSystem V9000 combines all-flash enterprise storage with industry-leading performance

Data storage impacts efficiency across the entire enterprise. IBM FlashSystem V9000 is all-flash enterprise storage that delivers microsecond response times, high scalability and industry-leading data services. Get the most out of your data storage and optimize enterprise performance while doing it.

White Paper: IBM FlashSystem Accelerates VMware vCloud

Hard data is readily available that demonstrates the benefits of application server virtualization when using solutions such as the new VMware vCloud Suite. One source is especially revealing. IBM Flash Centers of Competency (CoC) offer a presales service called data pattern analysis that digs deep into customer server, network and storage performance metrics. Actual customer results from this service prove that virtualized environments utilize their underlying infrastructure resources much more efficiently, which explains why host-side virtualization has swept through data centers so rapidly. But numerous real-world data pattern analyses also show how VMware environments can place extreme demands on their supporting storage systems. For example, the percentage of active data dramatically increases. And instead of simple, predictable, often sequential data streams, vCloud environments produce much less predictable, much more random I/O patterns. Simply stated, these can be disk killers. 

Data Sheet: IBM FlashSystem 9000

Today, IT infrastructure is fully entwined with basic business operations, which means that crucial business questions become information technology questions. What is it worth to stay ahead of the competition? What is a better online customer experience worth to the bottom line? What advantages are gained by making faster, more informed business decisions? Can we afford not to have the best possible fraud protection and data security? When you answer these business-critical questions in terms of IT infrastructure, and recognize the crucial role storage plays in the right answers, then the value of IBM FlashSystem® skyrockets.