IBM Unleashes the Potential of Data and AI with its Next-Generation IBM Storage Scale System 6000

ARMONK, N.Y., Oct. 31, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) introduced the new IBM Storage Scale System 6000, a cloud-scale global data platform designed to meet today’s data intensive and AI workload demands, and the latest offering in the IBM Storage for Data and AI portfolio.

For the seventh consecutive year and counting, IBM is a 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Distributed File Systems and Object Storage Leader, recognized for its vision and execution.1 The new IBM Storage Scale System 6000 seeks to build on IBM’s leadership position with an enhanced high performance parallel file system designed for data intensive use-cases. It provides up to 7M IOPs and up to 256GB/s throughput for read only workloads per system in a 4U (four rack units) footprint.2

To leverage the economic value of both foundation and traditional AI models, businesses must focus on the data – their current capacity and growth forecasts, where the data resides, how it’s secured and accessed, and how to optimize future data storage investments.

“The potential of today’s new era of AI can only be fully realized, in my opinion, if organizations have a strategy to unify data from multiple sources in near real-time without creating numerous copies of data and going through constant iterations of data ingest,” said Denis Kennelly, general manager, IBM Storage. “IBM Storage Scale System 6000 gives clients the ability to do just that – brings together data from core, edge, and cloud into a single platform with optimized performance for GPU workloads.”

The IBM Storage Scale System 6000 is optimized for storing semi-structured and unstructured data including video, imagery, text, instrumentation data, etc., that is generated daily and accelerates an organization’s digital footprint across hybrid environments. With the IBM Storage Scale System clients can:

Expect greater data efficiencies and economies of scale with the addition of IBM FlashCore Modules (FCM), to be incorporated in 1H 2024:

  • New maximum capacity NVMe FCM will provide capacity efficiency with 70% lower cost and 53% less energy per TB vs. IBM’s previous maximum capacity flash drives for IBM Storage Scale System.3 This can help clients realize the full performance of NVMe with the cost advantages of Quad-level Cell (QLC).4
  • Powerful inline hardware-accelerated data compression and encryption to help keep client data secured even in multi-user, multi-tenant environments.
  • Storage Scale System 6000 with FCM will support 2.5x the amount of data in the same floor space than the previous generation system.5

Accelerate the adoption and operationalization of AI workloads with IBM watsonx:

  • Engineered with a new NVMeoF turbo tier, new parallel multi-tenant data isolation and IBM patented computational storage drives, this is designed to provide more performance security and efficiency for AI workloads.
  • Storage Scale software, the global data platform for unstructured data that powers the Scale System 6000, connects data with an open ecosystem of multi-vendor storage options including AWS, Azure, IBM Cloud and other public clouds, in addition to IBM Storage Tape.

Gain faster access to data with over 2.5x the GB/s throughput and 2x IOPs performance of market leading competitors6:

  • High-processing throughput and access speed with multiple concurrent AI and data-intensive workloads that can be run to meet a range of use cases.

The Benefits of IBM Storage Scale in Applied AI at the University of Queensland

The University of Queensland (UQ) is a world-class research institution that has significantly accelerated a wide range of workloads providing faster access to data and improved efficiency and capabilities using the IBM Storage Scale global data platform and IBM Storage Scale System. Examples of some of the research where IBM Storage is used include applied AI for the characterization of neurodegenerative diseases and in the search for more effective and flexible vaccine technologies.

“With our current Storage Scale Systems 3500, we are helping decrease time to discovery and increase research productivity for a growing variety of scientific disciplines. For AI research involving medical image analysis, we have decreased latency of access by as much as 60% compared to our previous storage infrastructure. For genomics and complex fluid dynamics workloads, we have increased throughput by as much as 70%,” said Jake Carroll, Chief Technology Officer, Research Computing Centre, The University of Queensland, Australia. “We get all the benefits of a high-speed parallel file system inside our supercomputing resources with the data management transparency and global data access that the IBM Storage Scale software provides.”

Carroll added, “IBM’s Storage Scale System 6000 should be a gamechanger for us. With the specs that I’ve seen, by doubling the performance and increasing the efficiency, we would be able to ask our scientific research questions with higher throughput, but with a lower TCO and lower power consumption per IOP, in the process.”

Accelerating AI with the IBM Storage Scale System and NVIDIA Technology

The Storage Scale System 6000 has the ability to create an information supply chain from an NVIDIA AI solution to other AI workloads independent of where they are located. IBM’s new NVMeoF turbo tier has been engineered for small files like those collected from remote devices or to provide access to smaller transactions like data lake or lakehouse analytics so they can be integrated into an NVIDIA solution.

The Storage Scale System 6000 supports NVIDIA Magnum IOTM GPUDirect® Storage (GDS) with a direct path between GPU memory and storage. It has also been designed to increase performance with data movement IO when GDS is enabled. Utilizing NVIDIA ConnectX-7™ NICs, the Scale System 6000 supports up to 16 ports of 100Gb RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE), 200Gb/s and/or 400Gb/s InfiniBand, or a combination of both to increase performance between nodes or directly to NVIDIA GPUs. To learn more about how IBM Storage can accelerate access and provide a global data platform with NVIDIA AI solutions, visit


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Posted by / October 31, 2023 / Posted in News

IBM and KPMG US Announce Plans to Deliver Innovative SAP Business Transformation in Energy & Utilities

NEW YORK and ARMONK, N.Y.Oct. 24, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Today, IBM (NYSE: IBM) and KPMG LLP announced they are expanding their alliance to help enable business transformations for clients implementing SAP S/4HANA® across the energy and utilities industry. Cloud enterprise resource planning (ERP) projects run the potential risk of failing without the right technology in place and the right business expertise to fully integrate it. IBM Consulting and KPMG together are bringing a breadth of consulting, operations, tax, risk and finance experience to the ERP implementation process to help energy and utilities companies automate and manage core business processes for optimal performance.

IBM Consulting is a global leader in SAP transformations, delivering cohesive collaborative solutions based on in-depth industry experience, AI, and hybrid multi cloud deployment. IBM has well-established technology and deep experience within a broad partner ecosystem, including a 50-year history partnering with SAP. KPMG brings business-led, SAP-enabled functional transformation experience in more than 25 countries while leveraging deep energy and utility industry knowledge to deliver business value.

“As companies across industries accelerate the shift to cloud and contemplate the move to SAP S/4HANA, they will need the support from trusted experts to help achieve success in any transformation project,” said Bill Piotrowski, Americas SAP Leader for IBM Consulting. “We’re excited to partner with KPMG to provide Energy & Utilities clients access to industry insights that will help them capitalize on their SAP investment supported by experience in supporting numerous SAP S/4HANA transformations worldwide.”

KPMG and IBM Consulting bring complementary skillsets across SAP technology implementation, cross-sector business processes, regulatory, risk, finance, and tax considerations, and operational issues. The combination of the firms’ skills and experience can strengthen outcomes for the benefit of clients, and successful enterprise resource planning transformation across the energy and utilities sector.

“Identifying the potential value created by financial considerations up front in the planning of an ERP implementation can significantly improve the likelihood of success,” said Brad Stansberry, Energy & Chemical Industry Advisory Leader at KPMG. “Working with IBM Consulting and the business and technical expertise they bring will expand our ability to help our joint clients accelerate productivity and unlock growth opportunities.”

Together, KPMG and IBM have already delivered a comprehensive business transformation program at Liberty Utilities, a leading provider of local utility management, service and support across the United States and Canada. The four-year program builds on Liberty’s “Customer First” project to revolutionize the company’s Customer, Finance, Asset Management, Field Services, and Supply Chain Operations.

“IBM Consulting has been our trusted partner, and we continue our collaboration to accelerate our remarkable transformation journey,” said Jody Allison, Vice President, Transformation at Liberty Utilities. “IBM’s unique relationship with KPMG brings valued finance and advisory expertise which will help extend our ‘Customer First’ platform into every aspect of our organization, allowing us to deliver to our customer’s expectations, enable our employees to serve, and facilitate growth as we will be able to easily integrate acquired businesses and assets in the future.”

IBM Consulting helps accelerate business transformation for our clients through hybrid cloud and AI technologies, leveraging our open ecosystem of partners. With deep industry and business expertise spanning strategy, experience design, technology, and operations, we have become a trusted partner to the world’s most innovative and valuable companies, helping them modernize and secure their most complex systems. Our 160,000 consultants embrace an open way of working and apply our proven co-creation method, IBM Garage, to scale ideas into outcomes. As the only major global systems integrator inside a technology company, we don’t just advise — we invent and build what’s next together with our clients. Find out more at

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About IBM

IBM is a leading provider of global hybrid cloud and AI, and consulting expertise. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. More than 4,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to effect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and consulting deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s long-standing commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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Posted by / October 24, 2023 / Posted in News

IBM Announces New AI-Powered Threat Detection and Response Services

ARMONK, N.Y.Oct. 5, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — IBM (NYSE: IBM) today unveiled the next evolution of its managed detection and response service offerings with new AI technologies, including the ability to automatically escalate or close up to 85% of alerts,1  helping to accelerate security response timelines for clients.

The new Threat Detection and Response Services (TDR) provide 24×7 monitoring, investigation, and automated remediation of security alerts from all relevant technologies across client’s hybrid cloud environments – including existing security tools and investments, as well as cloud, on-premise, and operational technologies (OT). The managed services are delivered by IBM Consulting’s global team of security analysts via IBM’s advanced security services platform, which applies multiple layers of AI and contextual threat intelligence from the company’s vast global security network – helping automate away the noise while quickly escalating critical threats.

“Security teams today are not just outnumbered by attackers, but also by the number of vulnerabilities, alerts and security tools and systems they’re tasked with managing on a day-to-day basis,” said Chris McCurdy, General Manager, Worldwide IBM Consulting Cybersecurity Services. “By combining advanced analytics and real-time threat intelligence with human expertise, IBM’s new Threat Detection and Response Services can augment organization’s security defenses with a capability that is scalable, continuously improving and strong enough for tomorrow’s threats.”

Intelligently Adapting Threat Defenses
The new TDR Services are underpinned by a set of AI-powered security technologies that support thousands of clients across the world, monitoring billions of potential security events per day. It leverages AI models that continuously learn from real-world client data, including security analyst responses, engineered to automatically close low priority and false positive alerts based on a client-defined confidence level. This capability also automatically escalates high risk alerts that require immediate action by security teams and provides investigation context.

IBM’s TDR Services are designed to provide:

  • Crowdsourced detection rules, Optimized alerts. Leveraging real-time insights from IBM’s threat management engagements, the new services use AI to continuously assess and auto-recommend the most effective detection rules – helping to improve alert quality, and speed response times. This capability helped reduce low-value SIEM alerts by 45% and auto escalate 79% more high-value alerts that required immediate attention2. Organizations can approve and update detection rules with just two clicks through its co-managed portal.
  • MITRE ATT&CK assessment. To stay prepared for ransomware and wipe-out attacks, organizations will be able to see how their environment is covering MITRE ATT&CK framework tactics, techniques, and procedures as compared to their industry and geography peers. By applying AI, the new services are designed to reconcile the multiple detection tools and policies currently in place at an organization, providing an enterprise view into how to best detect threats and assess gaps to update within an ATT&CK framework.
  • Seamless end-to-end integration. With its open API approach, the new services can quickly integrate with a client’s enterprise-wide security assets, whether on premise or in the cloud. Organizations can continue to access their ecosystem while also having the option to connect and collaborate and define their own response playbooks through a co-managed portal. This provides a unified enterprise view, precise remediation capabilities, and consistently enforces security policies across IT & OT.
  • 24×7 global support. Organizations will have access to more than 6,000 IBM Cybersecurity Services professionals across the globe 24/7 x 365 to help augment security programs. IBM Consulting Cybersecurity Services’ vast global network serves more than 3,000 clients around the world – managing more than 2 million endpoints and 150 billion security events per day.

“Security leaders today are trying to escape the vicious cycle of staff shortages, increased threats, and rising demands from the C-Suite to mature their cyber program without breaking the bank. For many organizations the old playbook of swapping out their tools for a vendor’s preferred platform does not work, as they cannot afford to write off prior SOC investments,” said Craig Robinson, IDC Research VP of Security Services. “A service like IBM’s Threat Detection and Response offering can provide an off-ramp to these concerns, without requiring a full rip-and-replace of their prior security investments and help shift their human capital in the SOC to more of a proactive mode.”

To support continuous improvement for security operations capabilities, IBM’s TDR Services, which are now available, include access to IBM’s X- Force Incident Response Services along with the option to include additional proactive security services from IBM X-Force, such as penetration testing, adversary simulation or vulnerability management. X-Force will also provide guidance to help clients improve their security operations over time, based on the current threat landscape, clients’ evolving IT environment, and insights gleaned from engagements with thousands of IBM Cybersecurity Services clients around the world.

Additional Sources

  • For more information on IBM TDR Services please visit
  • Sign up for a webinar to learn more about the new TDR Services and the challenges of having a piecemeal approach to detection and response on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. ET here.

About IBM Security
IBM Security helps secure the world’s largest enterprises and governments with an integrated portfolio of security products and services, infused with dynamic AI and automation capabilities. The portfolio, supported by world-renowned IBM Security X-Force® research, enables organizations to predict threats, protect data as it moves, and respond with speed and precision without holding back business innovation. IBM is trusted by thousands of organizations as their partner to assess, strategize, implement, and manage security transformations. IBM operates one of the world’s broadest security research, development, and delivery organizations, monitors 150 billion+ security events per day in more than 130 countries, and has been granted more than 10,000 security patents worldwide.

1 Based on IBM’s internal analysis of aggregated performance data observed from engagements with 340+ clients in July 2023. Up to 85% of alerts were handled through automation rather than human intervention, using AI capabilities that are part of IBM’s Threat Detection and Response service. Actual results will vary based on client configurations and conditions and, therefore, generally expected results cannot be provided.

2 Based on IBM’s analysis of aggregated annual performance data observed in 2022 from engagements with 150+ Managed SIEM clients. Actual results will vary based on client configurations and conditions and, therefore, generally expected results cannot be provided.

Posted by / October 5, 2023 / Posted in News