IBM Acquisitions Deliver Storage for the Rest of Us

The Edge conference in Orlando, FL is IBM’s opportunity to show off its wide range of storage solutions to the world. While IBM is typically known for its large enterprise offerings, some of its acquisitions highlighted during the conference make this year’s Edge “the storage coming-out party,” as said by Wikibon founder David Vellante. Wikibon analyst John McArthur and Wikibon founder Dave Vellante were fortunate to spend some time with IBM systems storage VP, Bob Cancilla (full video below). McArthur and Vellante prompt Cancilla to reminisce a few years back into his 27+ years with IBM to answer a few questions on IBM’s acquisitions, their strong go-to-market strategy, and insights into the future of storage at IBM.

The golden child of IBM's storage portfolio is IBM’s XIV offering, which is growing 30% per quarter. This is a significant number when compared to the single-digit figures captured and presented by IDC in a recent report coupled with last quarter’s earnings from EMC, a firm that relies heavily on storage and reported a down quarter. “XIV had $2M at the end of 2007, then $200M and $500M,” said Cancilla. “We are tracking quite nicely to becoming a billion-dollar entity,” he added. “It is evident that XIV is gaining share, despite some serious bumps in the road,” said Vellante. Cancilla was more than happy to confirm.

What's the future look like for IBM storage? Read the full article by the imsmartin team on SiliconANGLE and watch the video here.