IBM Extends PureSystems With New Cloud, Big Data Offerings

IBM announced new PureSystems models as well as new software and services to help users more easily leverage cloud computing and big data.

IBM has announced a series of new hardware, software, services and more to help enterprises move to its PureSystems family of expert integrated systems to tap into the cloud and big data environments.

The new PureSystems offerings make it easier for organizations to quickly adopt and deploy big data and cloud computing applications, eliminating much of the complexity of developing cloud-based services by making it easier to provision, deploy and manage a secure cloud environment.

The new offerings include the PureData System for Analytics, a smaller PureApplication System to accelerate cloud deployments for a broader range of organizations; PureApplication System on Power7+ to ease management of transaction and analytics applications in the cloud; additional options for managed service providers (MSPs) across the PureSystems family including flexible financing options and specific MSP Editions to support new services models; and SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure to ease management of virtual desktop solutions.

The new IBM PureData System for Analytics, powered by IBM's Netezza technology, features 50 percent greater data capacity per rack and is able to crunch data three times faster than previous systems. The IBM PureData System for Analytics is designed to assist organizations with managing more data while maintaining efficiency in the data center.

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) relies on PureData System for Analytics to handle an enormous volume of data in its trading systems and identify and investigate trading anomalies faster and easier.

"NYSE needs to store and analyze seven years of historical data and be able to search through approximately 1 terabyte of data per day, which amounts to hundreds in total," said Emile Werr, head of product development, NYSE Big Data Group and global head of Enterprise Data Architecture and Identity Access Management for NYSE Euronext, in a statement. "The PureData System for Analytics powered by Netezza system provides the scalability, simplicity and performance critical in being able to analyze our big data to deliver results 8 hours faster than on the previous solution, which in our world is a game-changer when you look at the impact on businesses [of] every second that passes."

IBM's new offerings for MSPs, including new MSP Editions, come with flexible “pay as you grow” financing options, and enhanced marketing and sales support.

Overall, IBM is introducing new cloud options tailored for the data center that allow businesses of all sizes to free up time and money to focus on innovation, Big Blue officials said.

The new "mini" PureApplication System delivers a "cloud in a box" for organizations with limited budgets and resources, IBM said. The system provides all of the infrastructure and management software necessary to quickly develop and deploy new applications in the cloud or on-premise. With smaller configurations, this model opens up new opportunities for MSPs and within growth markets without sacrificing performance, IBM said.

Meanwhile, IBM's PureApplication System on Power7+ provides larger enterprises, particularly those in financial services and insurance, the ability to better manage and maintain compute and transaction-intensive applications across environments, including the cloud, IBM said.

IBM also has expanded its software patterns catalogue. Accessible through the PureSystems Centre, patterns are an innovative approach that automates software management, reducing the time it takes to install, manage and maintain applications. In addition to third-party ISV patterns, new patterns for IBM software include those for mobile application management, application integration, asset management and social business, including IBM Web Experience Patterns for WebSphere Portal Server and Web Content Manager, IBM Connections Hypervisor Edition, and IBM Mixed Language Application Modernization Pattern.

Furthermore, IBM created its new "MSP Editions" for PureFlex System and Flex Systems to provide an accelerated cloud-deployment platform that is faster to implement, easier to manage and more cost-effective for MSPs. And as part of the MSP Editions, and only available to MSPs that are registered IBM Business Partners, Big Blue is offering attractive pricing and finance options.

IBM also announced a new SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure for PureFlex System and Flex Systems. This new offering enables IT managers to easily manage, secure and deploy virtual desktops.

PureSystems is part of SmartCloud, a portfolio of enterprise-class cloud computing technologies and services built on open standards that provides flexible deployment options including PureSystems and SmartCloud services. IBM helps clients build private clouds with IBM SmartCloud Foundation, which provides a common cloud operating environment across the different deployment options. IBM SmartCloud enables users to build and scale private clouds and hybrid clouds for infrastructure as a service and platform as a service.

IBM also said its PureApplication System continues to gain momentum with the independent software vendor (ISV) community. IBM works with 275 ISVs to offer more than 325 applications across 21 industries that are validated "Ready for PureSystems."