To make technical computing easier to use, IBM is enhancing its portfolio of hardware platforms with software to create integrated solutions that can help enterprises more quickly derive value from high-performance applications that require a lot of computing power and data. At the same time, IBM is committed to maintaining support for non-IBM systems with existing Platform Computing partners.
We are integrating the Platform Computing technology into our fold, starting with the IBM Platform Symphony family, a grid manager, David Geraldi, vice president of STG Competitive Labs, told eWEEK. IBM completed its acquisition of Platform Computing in January 2012.
The IBM Platform Symphony family is a grid manager that is now integrated with the MapReduce software framework to provide faster throughput and performance for demanding analytics and big data workloads in a single grid environment. Platform Symphonys resource-sharing model makes it cost-efficient for clients to expand their analytics environment as needed, Geraldi said.
The IBM System x Intelligent Cluster is integrated with IBM Platform HPC software to simplify cluster deployment, deliver results more quickly and improve productivity so clients can focus on research and analysis instead of managing their IT infrastructure. And the High Performance Computing (HPC) Cloud portfolio from IBM has been expanded with the new IBM Platform Cluster Manager offering as well as IBM Platform Load Sharing Facility (LSF) to provide clients with a shared pool of cloud resources available from anywhere, making it easy to create and manage HPC clouds.
The new IBM Platform Cluster Manager enables clients to self-provision clusters in minutes and automatically, dynamically manage cluster environments that include both IBM Platform Computing and non-IBM workload managers.
These new offerings will help IBM aggressively pursue the over $20.3 billion combined opportunity for technical computing, which IDC is projecting for 2012 and that is expected to grow at 7.6 percent annually to almost $29.2 billion by 2016.
Other technical computing offerings IBM is announcing today include:
IBM Platform LSF family: IBM Platform LSF is a comprehensive set of intelligent, policy-driven workload management and scheduling tools that can be used to manage high-performance workloads across a distributed, virtualized IT environment with up to 100 percent utilization to help keep costs low.
IBM General Parallel File System: GPFS now includes Active File Management (AFM) software to provide fast, trusted access to unstructured data, regardless of where the data resides so it can quickly be turned into insight.
IBM System x iDataPlex dx360 M4: The latest iDataPlex system can double performance on selected workloads with the latest graphics processing units (GPUs) from Nvidia, increases maximum memory to 512GB andwith the new slotless Fourteen Data Rate (FDR) Infiniband adapterprovides superior performance and flexibility for technical computing environments.
Moreover, complementing the new storage enhancements, IBM is offering a suite of services encompassing virtualization, automation and cloud technologies and that address the supply and demand side of storage. The new offerings use analytics and automation to infuse intelligence into everyday workflow with tools and services, including the following:
- Intelligent Storage Service Catalog (ISSC) improves the way storage is used by simplifying how it is requested. ISSC promotes more efficient storage allocation and governance by establishing standards that can be used to optimize provisioning, backup, replication and archiving.
- IBM SmartCloud services for storage provides support for IBMs family of cloud storage products, including IBM SmartCloud Managed Backup, IBM SmartCloud Archive, and IBM SmartCloud Object Storage, which improve data backup, resiliency and management of massive quantities of unstructured data from a cloud environment. The cloud offers clients flexibility, cost effectiveness and the ability to achieve faster recovery time, making archiving, exploration, and analysis faster and easier for businesses.