IBM Grows Flex System Portfolio to Enable Bigger Clouds

0-IBM Grows Flex System Portfolio to Enable Bigger Clouds
1-IBM Is Packing More Capabilities Into Its 10U Chassis
2-Graphical View of Flex System Servers
3-Managing the Flex System Environment From Anywhere
4-IBM and Its Double-Dense x86-Based Server Node
5-The x222's Interesting Design
6-IBM's Flex System p260 Is Ideal for IBM System i Servers
7-The Midrange p270 Offers Multithreaded Performance
8-IBM's p460 Targets High-End Workloads
9-IBM Upgrades the Networking for the Flex Systems
10-The Servers Will Hit the Market Next Month
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IBM Grows Flex System Portfolio to Enable Bigger Clouds

By Jeffrey Burt

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IBM Is Packing More Capabilities Into Its 10U Chassis

This shot shows the IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis fully populated and deployed in a rack.

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Graphical View of Flex System Servers

The upgraded Flex System Manager software gives users a graphical view of the status of each system. It also comes with a "fuel gauge," which lets users know how much of the management capability they are using and how much more they have left.

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Managing the Flex System Environment From Anywhere

With the enhancements to the management software, users can manage their Flex System infrastructure from anywhere on mobile devices that run Apple's iOS, Google's Android or BlackBerry operating systems.

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IBM and Its Double-Dense x86-Based Server Node

The new x222 node, powered by two Intel Xeon E5 chips, will be able to run 28 processors in a single-rack chassis and will work well in virtualized environments. In virtual desktop infrastructures, each 10U chassis will be able to run 2,800 Windows 7 virtualized desktop images.

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The x222's Interesting Design

IBM was able to optimize the density of the x222 by engineering a design where the system opens in a clamshell fashion, with one module in the lid and another in the other section.

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IBM's Flex System p260 Is Ideal for IBM System i Servers

The entry-level p260 node is designed to make it easier for smaller businesses to make the transition into the Flex System environment.

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The Midrange p270 Offers Multithreaded Performance

The full-width compute module is aimed at high-end workloads such as databases that are increasingly finding their way into the cloud. The system will run on up to four eight-core Power 7+ processors.

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IBM's p460 Targets High-End Workloads

The full-width compute module is aimed at high-end workloads such as databases that are increasingly finding their way into the cloud. The system will run on up to four eight-core Power 7+ processors.

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IBM Upgrades the Networking for the Flex Systems

The EN6131 Ethernet switch is among the new switches and fabrics that will help organizations adopt SDN in their environments and will increase infrastructure bandwidth, improving performance and connectivity.

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The Servers Will Hit the Market Next Month

All four new systems will be released in September. Shown here is a Flex System Enterprise Chassis that is fully populated.

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