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Facilitating business agility with IBM Storage

Blog by Patrick Bauer, VP Systems Channel Sales Europe @ IBM 

Change is inevitable, and responding fast and effectively can be a crucial competitive differentiator. Discover how you can unlock greater flexibility with IBM FlashSystem 5000 storage and help from IBM Business Partners, preparing you for whatever comes next.

Non-stop evolution

No one can deny that 2020 will go down in history as a tumultuous year. All of us have seen our lives disrupted. Organisations have had to adapt fast and with little notice, whether that’s to enable home working, or switching to radically different operating models.

Beyond the immediate impact of COVID-19, experts predict that the effects will be felt for decades to come. People have changed the way they behave – in some cases, permanently. The extent that the crisis will influence economies around the world is still to be seen, but there is no doubt that there will be lasting consequences.

However, what the global pandemic has shown us is the power of human resilience. If we have come this far, then hopefully we can come out the other side. As we look to the future with cautious optimism, it’s a good time to take stock of how you’ve coped with recent change. There are always lessons to be learned, and perhaps now is the time to re-evaluate your IT infrastructure. Specifically, to verify that you have the agility needed to see you through the inevitable ups and downs of a post-COVID-19 world.

Choosing wisely

With other business priorities on your mind, the technology market may not have been front and centre in your mind. If that’s the case, don’t worry; IBM has you covered. Our IBM FlashSystem 5000 storage gives you the flexibility to respond effectively in a world of uncertainty.

Tom Bingham, Sales Director at CSI Ltd., one of our Platinum Business Partners, told us: “Data growth is unrelenting – as business operations resume or speed up, companies will be looking for additional storage resources. Our clients are being compelled to do even more with even less, making cost a bigger deciding factor than usual.”

He continues: “We point companies to IBM FlashSystem 5000 storage to get incredible value for money. It’s lower priced than competitors, and offers industry-leading availability, a step-change in performance and a host of built-in software tools.”

Maximising ROI

At IBM, we understand you want to make the most of every investment – and we design our storage technology with that in mind. You can use your new IBM array to manage the rest of your storage environment – both IBM and non-IBM alike.

“Why rip and replace when you can use IBM FlashSystem 5000 storage as a single pane of glass to manage all your storage resources?” asks Bingham. “It comes with both IBM Storage Insights and IBM Spectrum Virtualize tools so that you can optimise your use of storage resources.”

What’s more, organisations can find an easy route to a hybrid or even multicloud infrastructure with IBM FlashSystem 5000 storage. You can deploy IBM Spectrum Virtualize in the cloud, enabling you to move data seamlessly between on-premises and cloud environments.

“One of the great things about IBM FlashSystem 5000 storage is that it doesn’t limit your options,” says Bingham. “While cloud might not be on your agenda right now, it’s always an advantage to have capabilities ready and waiting if you decide to make the move – especially in uncertain times.”

Making the right choice for you

To simplify the decision process, contact us or one of our IBM Business Partners – we’re ready and waiting to guide you to the best option for your business.

Bingham concludes: “At CSI, we lead with business outcomes rather than products. We’ll get to know your business, identify any issues and opportunities, and map out the possible routes available. IBM FlashSystem 5000 storage is a shrewd choice for many businesses, as it provides immediate benefits in terms of cost-efficiency and performance, and longer-term advantages such as agility.”

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