IBM Intros X6 Architecture to Boost x86 Servers for Cloud, Analytics

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-01-16 Print this article Print

Moreover, to help customers that are moving enterprise apps to the cloud and adopting analytics, IBM announced new solutions for its X6 architecture for analytics, database and cloud deployment, including IBM System x Solution for DB2 with BLU Acceleration on X6 for accelerating analytics, IBM System x Solution for SAP HANA on X6 for analytics, and System x Solution for VMware vCloud Suite on X6 for infrastructure-as-a-service capabilities.

Meanwhile, IBM announced the general availability of its new IBM FlashSystem 840. The new system provides nearly double the bandwidth and double the performance—1.1M input/output operations per second (IOPS)—of its predecessor, the FlashSystem 820. This makes it well-suited for analytical databases, virtualization infrastructures, and public and private clouds. It supports up to 48 terabytes of usable capacity in a 2U unit, and the all-flash array also features IBM MicroLatency technology that speeds data access times from milliseconds to microseconds (less than 135 microseconds), giving organizations faster actionable insights from real-time data analytics. In addition, a new management GUI, as well as data center-optimized features such as hot-swap components and concurrent code load, enables fast installation and easy management, IBM said.

The company also introduced the FlashSystem Enterprise Performance Solution, which bundles the FlashSystem 840 and IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) technology. The solution includes a suite of data management features—ranging from real-time compression, snapshots, thin provisioning, vStorage APIs for array integration (VAAI), and application-aware copies, to FlashCopy, and storage virtualization with IBM Easy Tier.

In addition, IBM said it is enhancing its software-defined environment (SDE) portfolio with the new IBM Platform Resource Scheduler for private and hybrid IBM SmartCloud clients that want to accelerate time-to-results, improve infrastructure flexibility and reduce operating costs. IBM Platform Resource Scheduler provides a virtualized, open and programmable architecture that ensures enterprises are taking advantage of all available IT resources—from application software licenses to available network bandwidth.

This dynamic resource management tool is integrated with OpenStack and provides a set of intelligent, policy-driven scheduling features that automatically allocate the right resources to the right job; balances workload demand with infrastructure supply; and ensures adherence to service-level agreements—improving overall application performance and efficiency, IBM said. Its extensible architecture also allows enterprises to easily reconfigure and add customized policies to meet their specific sharing and scheduling needs.

Through the IBM Global Financing arm, the company announced new financing offerings to help clients quickly adopt new cloud and analytics solutions by helping reduce up-front costs and speed ROI. Credit-qualified clients can obtain Fair Market Value leasing when acquiring X6 architecture solutions. Other offerings announced include 0 percent financing and deferred payments for 90 days when they acquire IBM PureSystems, SDE and storage technology. And IBM's mobile financing application can help IBM Business Partners close more business with their clients, allowing credit-qualified clients to acquire financing to deploy solutions for analytics, mobile computing, social business and Smarter Planet technologies quickly, the company said.



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