South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) has selected IBM to build a stronger and more flexible IT environment around IBM’s advanced storage systems to help the shipbuilder address data challenges.

Under the deal, IBM will assist DSME in the creation of a storage infrastructure built around four IBM XIV Gen3 high-end disk storage systems and the IBM Storwize V7000 virtualised storage system.

DSME’s IT planning group leader Seung uk So said: "Our engagement with IBM would help create a sophisticated storage environment, a critical infrastructure requirement in this age of data explosion."

The IBM XIV storage system will support DSME’s core operations, which include enterprise resource management (ERP) and database management, mail service, and the management of more than 255TB of data.

The computing solution will also create an integrated storage environment for the shipbuilder to better analyse and use data, as well as ensure readiness for disaster recovery, according to IBM.

IBM said that XIV Gen3 is a multifunction high-end disk storage solution with a sophisticated architecture that reduces cost and complexity and allows enhanced performance for tasks like virtualisation, analysis, and cloud computing.

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The storage performance of various applications, including database, e-mail, online transaction processing and ERP applications, is also expected to be optimised with the IBM XIV Gen3 system.

IBM’s director of the Korea storage business Hyungsuk Kim said: "By establishing the XIV storage system, DSME will overcome existing storage performance limitations and enjoy the benefits of improved performance and cost reduction."

DSME has planned an aggressive long-term roadmap for 2020 and the solution is part of its plan to revamp its IT infrastructure, a key aspect of its roadmap.