IBM Announces New Family Of DS8880 All-Flash Systems

IBM Announces New Family Of DS8880 All-Flash Systems

Today IBM announced new all-flash storage systems that are aimed at specific classes of business. The new classes are business, midrange to large enterprise, and analytic. IBM states that its new family of DS8880 all-flash systems support cognitive workloads which clients can use to uncover trends and patterns that help improve decision-making, customer service and ROI.

As the workloads become more demanding, companies must in turn develop more powerful means of handling them. IBM’s DS8880 family not only aims to deliver the performance needs for demanding applications, and delivering them specifically to the class where they are needed, the family can also assure uptime. The IBM DS8880 family ensures six nines (99.9999%) of availability, meaning neat continuous uptime. Aside from HA, IBM will also provide data protection, remote replication and optimization for midrange and large enterprises in its new solutions through software derived from a deep integration between IBM Storage and IBM z Systems.

The new families include:

  • Business Class Storage – the IBM DS8884F has been designed for traditional applications such as ERP, order processing, database transactions, customer relationship management and human resources information systems. It offers what IBM is calling the lowest entry cost for midrange enterprises with 256GB Cache (DRAM) and between 6.4-154 TB of Flash Capacity.
  • Enterprise Class Storage – the IBM DS8886F has been engineered for high-speed transactional operations like high-performance online transaction processing, high-speed commercial data processing, high-performance data warehouse and data mining and critical financial transaction systems. It provides users 2TB Cache (DRAM) and between 6.4-614.4TB of Flash Capacity.
  • Analytic Class Storage – the IBM DS8888F is ideal for cognitive and real-time analytics and decision-making including predictive analytics, real time optimization, machine learning and cognitive systems, natural language speech and video processing. To support this it delivers 2TB Cache (DRAM) and between 6.4TB-1.22PB of Flash Capacity providing superior performance and capacity able to address the most demanding business workload requirements.


The new family of DS8880 all-flash data systems are expected to be available on January 20, 2017.