IBM introduces new category of systems

  • Deep integration points to new ‘Scale-In’ approach to system design
  • Built-in ‘expertise’ makes new family of systems simple to run and manage

IBM has introduced a new category of "expert integrated systems” that it claimed signals a simpler era in computing.
IBM’s expert integrated systems family – PureSystems – is the result of US$2 billion (RM6.2 billion) in R&D and acquisitions over four years that integrates all IT elements, both physical and virtual, the company said in a statement.
IBM introduces new category of systems“With its new scale-in design and built-in expertise, PureSystems represent an important advance in the evolution of computing,” said Hemanth Kumar Kalikiri (pic), general manager, Systems & Technology Group, IBM Malaysia.
“By tightening the connections between hardware and software, and adding incomparable software know-how, PureSystems is designed to help clients to free up time and money to focus on innovation that many businesses cannot address due to ever-rising costs and staffing needs in the traditional data center.”
PureSystems was first announced at the annual IBM Technology Conference & Expo 2012, which gathers customers, business partners, independent software vendors (ISVs) and technology experts.
The introduction of the new PureSystems family coincides with the unveiling of three advances designed to allow businesses to slash the high costs and nagging complexity associated with managing information technology.

  • “Scale-In” System Design:  IBM says it is introducing a new concept in system design that integrates the server, storage, and networking into a highly automated, simple-to-manage machine. Scale-in design provides for increased density – PureSystems can handle twice as many applications compared to some IBM systems, doubling the computing power per square foot of data center space. 
  • Patterns of Expertise:  For the first time, IBM is embedding technology and industry expertise through first-of-a-kind software that allows the systems to automatically handle basic, time-consuming tasks such as configuration, upgrades, and application requirements. Patterns combine operational know-how and industry expertise directly into the system to automate a variety of common IT and industry tasks and can cut the time and resources needed for basic and complex tasks. 
  • Cloud Ready integration:  Out of the box, all PureSystems family members are built for the cloud, enabling corporations to quickly create private, self-service cloud offerings that can scale up and down automatically, IBM claimed.

IBM also introduced new PowerLinux systems and solutions to help customers exploit the cost efficiency of Linux and virtualization for business-critical workloads, while increasing overall efficiency and insights.
IBM PowerLinux Solutions offer deep integration of new Linux-specific POWER7 processor-based hardware with industry-standard Linux software from Red Hat and SUSE for analyzing big data, managing industry-specific applications and delivering open source infrastructure services.
The company introduced two new Linux-specific servers: The first for the recently announced IBM PureFlex System, part of the new IBM PureSystems family; as well as a standalone high-performance, energy-efficient PowerLinux System.

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