2017 Press Releases

February 15, 2017

IBM Delivers New Platform To Help Clients Address Storage Challenges At Massive Scale

IBM and Hortonworks announced the planned availability of Hortonworks Data Platform (HDP) for IBM Elastic Storage Server (ESS) and IBM Spectrum Scale. The collaboration with Hortonworks will lead to certification of Hortonworks HDP on Power with IBM Spectrum Scale and Hortonworks HDP on x86 with IBM Spectrum Scale.

With the recent announcement of availability of Hortonworks HDP on POWER8 platform, IBM clients already have various options when choosing the platform for their Hadoop distribution. This new agreement will allow IBM clients to make full use of their current and future investments in IBM storage in deploying Hadoop based big data applications. This agreement will also offer current Hortonworks HDP customers an enterprise-class storage alternative with IBM Spectrum Scale for their Hadoop and Spark workloads.

The agreement between both companies is the first IBM Storage offering and industry first enterprise Software Defined Storage solution certified for Hortonworks.

When completed, the HDP certifications will enhance the confidence of current IBM and future clients. Those users can now manage Hadoop applications on the leading software-defined storage solutions. IBM clients will have the advantages of enterprise storage to analyse data in place with Hortonworks analytics applications. With the choice of centralised or distributed deployments, organisations can enhance also business efficiency with the data management, backup, security and hybrid cloud storage.

Cited by Ed Walsh, General Manager for IBM Storage and Software Defined Infrastructure, "Every organisation is becoming a digital organisation. With this announcement, IBM is delivering a powerful platform to extend the use of data and for cognitive applications. This announcement shows our partner community IBM's commitment to help client's grow, develop, and transform the use of their own data with less complexity."

Chris Sullivan. SVP Global Channels and Alliances, Hortonworks said, "This agreement further expands our relationship with IBM, continuing our relentless focus on customer value and success. With the data expertise of Hortonworks and leading storage technology from IBM, these certified offerings will help customers accelerate adoption of their modern data applications."

The IBM Elastic Storage Server is a modern implementation of software-defined storage, incorporating IBM Spectrum Scale software with IBM POWER8 processor-based servers and storage solutions. Clearly differentiating IBM Spectrum Scale from other products in the market is its parallel file system architecture, which is perfect for the massive scaling of performance and capacity needed in today's cognitive and big data analytic workloads.

By wiping out the need to copy data from enterprise storage to a separate analytics platform IBM clients can quickly respond to data based queries. Key benefits of HDP for IBM Elastic Storage Server (ESS) and IBM Spectrum Scale include:

· Better storage efficiency – unlike HDFS which makes three copies of every piece of data, IBM ESS uses erasure coding, removing the need for multiple copies and magnifying storage efficiency.
· Hybrid Storage – extends on premise storage to the cloud and therefore realising a myriad of economic, security, accessibility and other advantages.
· High Performance – as an optimised, highly parallel storage solution ESS is capable of high-speed data throughput able to exceed the performance of distributed HDFS.

Heena Raval, Senior Solutions Architect, Sycomp Information and Technology Solutions said, "Our clients are considering big data analytics as a top priority; they understand that it is imperative to get insight into their data to improve competitiveness in the market. They work with Sycomp because of our expertise in deploying high performance solutions with IBM's Spectrum Scale to manage today's data-intensive workloads. The certification of Hortonworks HDP will certainly help us to expedite these deployments and ensure IBM Spectrum Scale is a leading technology to manage the data workloads of tomorrow."

Being one of the founding partners of Open Data Platform, IBM has helped enable any company to join the Open Data Platform initiative (ODPi). The emphasis is on innovating around the Apache Hadoop open source core, growing the ecosystem and enabling solutions on a standardised Open Data Platform across the ecosystem partners. IBM Big Insights, IBM's own Hadoop and Spark distribution, is also an option for clients who prefer to run IBM's own analytics software on IBM Spectrum Scale Storage.