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Big Blue beefs ups storage

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Looking to strengthen its storage portfolio, IBM has bought Israeli storage specialist XIV for an undisclosed sum.

XIV is the developer of Nextra storage architecture and claims to have more than four petabytes of capacity being used by customers today.
In a statement today, IBM says that XIV, its technologies and employees will become part of the IBM System Storage business unit of the IBM Systems and Technology Group.
"The acquisition of XIV will further strengthen the IBM infrastructure portfolio long term and put IBM in the best position to address emerging storage opportunities like Web 2.0 applications, digital archives and digital media," says Andy Monshaw, GM of IBM System Storage. "The ability for almost anyone to create digital content at any time has accelerated the need for a whole new way of applying infrastructure solutions to the new world of digital information. IBM's goal is to provide the leading technologies and solutions at every layer of the data center — storage, servers, software and services — to address these new realities IT customers face."
To address the new requirements associated with next generation digital content, IBM says it chose XIV and its Nextra architecture for its ability to scale dynamically, heal itself in the event of failure, and self-tune for optimum performance, all while eliminating the significant management burden typically associated with rapid growth environments. The architecture is also designed to automatically optimise resource utilisation of all the components within the system, which allows for easier management and configuration, and improved performance and data availability.
"We are pleased to become a significant part of the IBM family, allowing for our unique storage architecture, our engineers and our storage industry experience to be part of IBM's overall storage business," says Moshe Yanai, chairman of XIV. "We believe the level of technological innovation achieved by our development team is unparalleled in the storage industry. Combining our storage architectural advancements with IBM's worldwide research, sales, service, manufacturing and distribution capabilities will provide us with the ability to have these technologies tackle the emerging Web 2.0 technology needs and reach every corner of the world."