IBM offers Smart Business Storage Cloud and Information Archive for cloud storage, data archiving
The Smart Business Storage Cloud is based on IBM’s Scale-out File Services (SOFS) and is a variation on the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance package IBM launched in June. Customers can run SOFS on either IBM System x or BladeCenter servers. SOFS is a management “wrapper” around IBM’s General Parallel File System (GPFS). On its own, GPFS is intended for specialized high-performance computing (HPC) environments and is administered using a command-line interface (CLI), according to Tom Clark, an IBM distinguished engineer. SOFS adds reporting and a Web-based user interface. SOFS has been offered before as an IBM Global Technology Services (GTS) engagement, but the Smart Business Storage Cloud is a pre-configured package sent whole from the factory and deployed with services as an option.