Operating Power Systems with Unified, Intuitive Interface

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2011-04-19 Print this article Print


IBM also introduced a new Systems Director Management Console appliance that allows data center administrators to operate both Power servers and blades with a unified, intuitive interface for physical and virtualized system resource management.

IBM is extending technology from the acquisition of BLADE Network Technologies (BNT) across its portfolio of workload-optimized systems, including high-performance, top-of-rack BNT switches with VMready network virtualization and BLADEHarmony management software, the company said. These IBM BNT RackSwitch products will, for the first time, be closely integrated with IBM Power servers to support workloads such as cloud computing, financial services, Web 2.0, streaming video, medical and scientific research, and business analytics. According to a recent report by The Tolly Group, the newest IBM BNT switch demonstrated significant performance and energy efficiency advantages over comparable switches, including an average of 55 percent better price and performance.

IBM also announced additions to its Intelligent Cluster line of energy-efficient, high-performance computing platforms-preintegrated solutions that build upon its rack servers including BladeCenter or iDataPlex platforms. These new offerings allow customers-in segments such as financial services and energy exploration, for example-to build HPC configurations that can reduce power and cooling costs by up to 50 percent, IBM said. The new Intelligent Cluster offerings include:

  • New platforms updated with the latest Intel Xeon processor E7 family;
  • New 10Gb Ethernet solutions that can enhance performance of HPC workloads by leveraging up to 11 times lower latency; and
  • A new InfiniBand solution for Intelligent Cluster that features an integrated Ethernet gateway to eliminate the need for a separate Ethernet switch to help optimize workloads such as high-frequency trading.
Also, for its part, IBM Global Financing (IGF), the lending and leasing arm of IBM, provides customized financing for credit-qualified clients that can accelerate a project's cash flow breakeven point, while enabling them to preserve cash for other investments, consolidate costs of the entire project and improve budget management with predictable payments.  

IGF can also help customers remove older servers from their data centers through its Global Asset Recovery Services unit. This "clears the floor" of older or antiquated technology and allows for clients to upgrade to any of the Power offerings. Coupled with customized financing, this can help accelerate the transition, while further enhancing the overall economics of moving to IBM Power Systems, IBM said.


Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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