Your data blob has met its match [IBM]

In the 1958 B-movie classic “The Blob” a meteor crashes in the small community of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, releasing a small jelly-like blob into the environment. The alien creature quickly begins oozing across the countryside, engulfing townspeople, growing uncontrollably in size until it threatens to destroy the whole town and beyond.

If you’re a storage administrator, trying to get a handle on the rapid growth of data in your organization, this scenario might sound eerily familiar. In fact, according to recent studies, total global data per person ballooned more than 400 times from 2003 from 2010, from 0.8 GB/person to 128 GB/person – and the data blob shows no sign of relenting anytime soon.

So while buying and deploying more storage is a natural reaction to keeping up with the exponential growth in data, it’s really just a short-term solution. What organizations need isn’t simply more storage hardware, but a smarter storage infrastructure – one that reduces total costs, improves service levels, mitigates risks and of course gets a handle on the volume, velocity and variety of data.

IBM offers a full holistic suite of SRM tools – Tivoli Storage Productivity Center (TPC) – that can help improve time to value, as well as reduce the complexity of managing a sprawling mix of storage environments by centralizing, simplifying and optimizing tasks associated with storage systems.

Among its many benefits, TPC is designed to: [Read more…]