IBM Intros New Servers, Software, Solutions at Ede 2015

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-05-12 Print this article Print
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IBM also previewed a new active cloud archive service for clients to store large amounts of data and retrieve it on demand. This enterprise-grade cloud service is being piloted with IBM’s service partner Iron Mountain, and design partner clients with a variety of business use cases.

In the mainframe space, IBM introduced the Rocket Mainframe Data Access Service on Bluemix – IBM’s Platform as a Service. The service provides a simple, seamless and secure connection to data on the IBM z Systems mainframe for developing new mobile and hybrid cloud apps through Bluemix. Starting in June, clients can access a no-charge trial of the service, which provides universal access to the data, regardless of location interface or format.

"Zucchetti, a leading Italian IT provider and independent software vendor (ISV), has selected IBM Power Systems servers with POWER8 processors and Linux to deliver the company's solutions portfolio via the cloud and speed application data up to three times faster. The company services more than 100,000 clients across various industries in Europe.

"IBM Power Systems allow us to bring our clients the capabilities they need while maintaining a high degree of security, availability and scalability," said Gregorio Piccoli, CTO of Zucchetti, in a statement. "As the cloud market grows, the combination of Zucchetti's applications and IBM POWER8 processor-based servers will enable new cloud and competitive opportunities, giving our company the edge it needs in the innovation arena."

Nuance, a provider of voice and language solutions, is using IBM software- defined storage technology to store and manage data used in the development of its products.

"IBM Spectrum Control Storage Insights deploys very quickly from the cloud, and the browser- based tool is extremely easy to use," said Bob Oesterlin, senior storage engineer for HPC Grid at Nuance Communications, in a statement. "This is particularly important to small IT teams that are tasked with ensuring storage is performing optimally but don't have the resources to manage additional on-premises tools."

IBM said it is helping its customers adopt the new technology with simplified licensing terms. Many IBM Software products are available for monthly licensing, including its WebSphere Application Server, starting at $166 per month, per core. Clients can freely move monthly licenses between on-premises and public and private clouds as needed including on IBM SoftLayer and third party clouds, the company said.

Customers are cloud-enabling existing enterprise applications and deploying them across on-premises and hybrid cloud environments using IBM PureApplication Service on SoftLayer. In June, IBM said it will deliver a self-service portal for clients to scale their infrastructure and software license footprint for hybrid deployments in minutes using PureApplication Service. A list of IBM Software capabilities available for hybrid clouds can be found here.



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