1. What are you announcing today?
A. IBM® is announcing its flash strategy and the IBM FlashSystem
Family. Storage hasreached a tipping point, new technology and improved economics make it possible to buildentire storage systems based on flash memory. We can now build all flash IT systems withthe extreme performance necessary to handle fast moving operational data in real-time. All-flash storage is redefining the economics of data centers through reduced cost of systemsand facilities.
IBM is leading the transformation into all flash storage with the acquisition of a world classengineering team in high-performance and highly durable flash-based storage. To further support the transformation, IBM is investing $1B+ in innovation across systems and softwareand establishing centers of competency across the regions of the world to help clientleverage the value. IBM FlashSystem delivers extreme performance, IBM MicroLatency
,macro efficiency and enterprise reliability so that clients can compete, innovate and grow inthe new era of IT.
2. Who did IBM acquire as part of the IBM flash strategy?
A. In October of 2012, IBM closed the acquisition of Texas Memory Systems, Inc., aprivately-held company based in Houston, Texas that focuses on flash optimized systems.Texas Memory Systems, Inc., an IBM Company (TMS) designs and sells high-performancesolid state storage solutions. Over its 34-year history, TMS has developed a variety of in-server and shared storage systems that turbocharge IT infrastructures of organizations
around the world. Today, the majority of TMS’s revenue comes from flash storage produ
cts,including the award-winning RamSan product line.
3. Why did IBM acquire TMS?
A. Flash technology has and continues to fundamentally change the paradigm for ITsystems, enabling new use cases for numerous applications. Therefore establishingleadership in flash optimized technology is important for IBM. TMS is a pioneer in flashstorage technology and has a comprehensive portfolio of proven products built ongenerations of development. This acquisition allows IBM to offer clients best-in-breed flashoptimized storage infrastructure by integrating flash technology into a variety of IBMsolutions, including storage, servers, software and PureSystems offerings.
4. What value do flash solutions provide to its customers?
A. Flash can enhance the performance, efficiency, and design of essential enterpriseapplications and solutions.
flash technology can provide fast data access for demanding business applications, such as ERP systems, transactional databases andanalytical applications. Through Micro/latency and high bandwidth, IBM flash products helpdata move faster and allow organizations to scale further by processing more data in thesame amount of time. IBM flash delivers industry-leading physical and performance density,which can reduce overall total cost of ownership (TCO) to achieve extreme performance.
5. What value does IBM FlashSystem bring to clients?
: enable business to unleash the power of performance, scale,and insight to drive services and products market faster
facilitate the data path that will accelerate critical applications andachieve a true market based competitive advantage