IBM flash storage key to turnaround, says GM Walsh
In his first in-depth interview since rejoining #IBM, Walsh highlighted IBM flash storage, cloud and cognitive computing as the keys to executing a storage turnaround. Walsh has been CEO at four startups, most recently at copy data management specialist #CatalogicSoftware. He also had an earlier stint at IBM. Walsh was CEO of #Storwize when IBM acquired the primary data compression vendor in 2010, and he stayed at IBM as a vice president of IBM storage until 2013. Walsh was also CEO of backup data deduplication pioneer #Avamar Technologies, selling that startup to EMC in 2006. IBM rounded out its flash portfolio last year with FlashSystem A9000 cloud arrays, adding to its Storwize and DS8880 hybrid flash systems. The FlashSystem is based on custom flash modules and runs the IBM Spectrum Accelerate codebase.