IBM Ships More Than 10,000 PureSystems Units

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-01-31

IBM Ships More Than 10,000 PureSystems Units

IBM announced that it has shipped more than 10,000 PureSystems units since Big Blue introduced the machines in 2012.

As organizations look to consolidate their existing data centers and shift more of their workloads to the cloud, IBM announced that this trend has helped fuel the growing momentum for the IBM PureSystems family of expert integrated systems, and as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2013, IBM shipped more than 10,000 units.

For IBM business partners, PureSystems creates a new opportunity to help clients solve the complexity of enterprise IT, reduce costs and encourage innovation. From resellers to distributors and independent software vendors (ISVs), more than 2,200 business partners are supporting IBM PureSystems, while more than 370 ISVs have created application patterns and virtual appliances that can be downloaded for PureSystems. This includes leading solutions from some of the world’s largest ISVs, from ERP systems to applications for the banking, marketing, health care and energy industries.

The IBM PureSystems portfolio offers users an alternative to current enterprise computing models, where multiple and disparate systems require significant resources to set up and maintain. The entire portfolio is configured to make cloud computing easy for clients and includes the Flex System, PureFlex System, PureApplication System and PureData System. The Flex System goes beyond blade configurations and provides the building-block elements for clients who want to custom build and tune configurations to their specific requirements. PureFlex System provides a preconfigured hardware system and enables organizations to more efficiently create and manage an infrastructure.

PureApplication System integrates preconfigured software and industry patterns to help organizations reduce the cost and complexity of rapidly deploying and managing applications. And the PureData System models are optimized for delivering data services to today's demanding applications with simplicity, speed and lower cost.

Meanwhile, IBM officials said as more organizations embrace cloud computing, they are looking to Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to help them quickly develop and deploy cloud-based services in a more secure and economical way. These MSPs–many in key regions such as India, Brazil and China-are increasingly turning to IBM PureSystems over other vendors’ offerings in order to transform their data centers and provide the IT infrastructure that meets the needs of their clients, IBM said. In fact, IBM officials said recent industry data also shows that IBM PureSystems grew more than 2.5 times faster than other vendor’s integrated systems.

IBM Ships More Than 10,000 PureSystems Units

For instance, ABC Capital, one of the largest financial companies in Mexico, faced a difficult server consolidation project. After considering other vendors including HP, Dell and Oracle, ABC Capital chose to consolidate its entire IT infrastructure onto IBM PureFlex.

"In order to become more competitive in the market, ABC Capital was looking to build an infrastructure that could support the mobile technology and social network requirements of our customers," said Sergio Mendoza Alvarez, director of technology for ABC Capital, in a statement. "The integration of our platforms using IBM PureFlex will allow us to meet these goals and reduce the migration time for our multi-core systems, from two years to seven months.”

The flexibility and ease of deployment that PureSystems delivers has been one of the key reasons for the rapid adoption by organizations like ABC Capital in a wide variety of global regions.

Meanwhile, FleetRisk Advisors, a business unit of Omnitracs, provides advanced analytics solutions for fleet management and logistics. With a solution that includes IBM PureData System for Analytics, FleetRisk Advisors built a cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that enabled it to help reduce fleet-related accidents by 20 percent and support a 200 percent growth in the number of clients it serves.

India's, a Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) provider, which co-designs knowledge solutions and operates global knowledge centers located in Chile, China, India and Romania, has chosen IBM PureFlex to enable an IT infrastructure that supports a private cloud environment and virtual desktop infrastructure for nearly 2,000 users. IBM worked with its business partners Avnet EM Asia and Tech9labs on this project.

Also, India’s Karunya University has selected IBM PureFlex to improve online student services by more effectively processing applications, such as handling online enrolment, exam scheduling, virtual campus management, and more.

In addition, eWell Technologies (HangZhou), an ISV, needed to develop a hospital-based information integration platform for its master patient index solution. With the PureApplication System, eWell offers its customers a standardized platform to better monitor both inpatient hospitalization and outpatient services. eWell is partnering with IBM on Hospital2.0, a revolutionary plan to expand the Chinese health care industry ecosystem.

Other PureSystems users include TCL Multimedia Technology Holdings Limited, a television producer, chose an IBM PureSystems solution over Oracle EXADATA, Huawei Cloud center, EMC and Dell. The company will use PureSystems to better manage its big data challenges and gain stronger insights into their business, helping TCL streamline business processes, increase profitability and support growth and innovation.

And Fortnox, a provider of Internet-based applications in Sweden, was able to reduce IT costs by as much as 50 percent, enhance service availability and flexibility, accommodate business growth and minimize staffing requirements utilizing an infrastructure built on IBM PureSystems. Finally, Japan’s Taiho Pharmaceutical used an IBM Flex System to develop a desktop cloud platform for the tablet PCs used by more than 700 members of the company.

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