IT Infrastructure: IBM PureSystem: 10 Fast Facts About Big Blue's Integrated Computing System
The first PureSystems family members were announced in April 2012. Rodney Adkins, senior vice president in charge of IBM's Systems and Technology Group, stands beside one of IBM's new PureSystems at a company lab in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
IBM's recently announced PureSystem is a major step forward into a new, simpler era of computing, according to Big Blue. With the April introduction of this new category of "expert integrated systems," many believe PureSystems will be as important to IBM as the mainframe was when the company first introduced it 50 years ago. Ambuj Goyal, general manager of development in IBM's Systems and Technology Group, told eWEEK the new family of systems is the first with built-in expertise based on IBM's decades of experience running IT operations for tens of thousands of clients in 170 countries. IBM's expert integrated systems family, PureSystems, is the result of $2 billion in R&D and acquisitions over four years, an unprecedented move by IBM to integrate all IT elements, both physical and virtual. The acquisitions included Platform Computing, Blade Network technologies and others. The new systems family offers IBM customers a clean break from today's enterprise computing model, where multiple and disparate systems require significant resources to set up and maintain. The PureSystems PureFlex integrates server, storage and networking resources into one highly automated and secure, simple-to-manage machine. The PureSystems PureApplication makes use of the first repeatable software patterns and industry-specific processes from IBM, drawn from decades of IBM's expert work with clients and business partners.