IBM Intros X6 Architecture to Boost x86 Servers for Cloud, Analytics
IBM's sixth-generation X-Architecture revs up x86-based servers to better handle big data analytics and cloud apps.IBM announced a new X6 architecture, which optimizes x86-based servers for analytics and cloud workloads. The X6 architecture is the sixth generation of IBM’s X-Architecture for System x and PureSystems servers and is fast, agile and resilient, IBM said. The architecture offers integrated flash storage for high-performance, modular design for long life cycles to help reduce costs and improve resiliency for increased uptime. The integrated eXFlash memory-channel storage is a dual in-line memory management (DIMM) based storage that provides up to 12.8 terabytes of ultrafast flash storage close to the processor, increasing application performance by providing very low system write latency that is key for analytics applications. X6 can provide significantly lower latency for database operations, which can lower licensing costs and reduce storage costs by reducing or eliminating the need for external SAN/NAS storage units, IBM said The system’s modular, scalable design supports multiple generations of CPUs and can reduce acquisition costs up to 28 percent in comparison to one competitive offering, IBM said. And its memory and storage increase virtual machine capacity to allow SaaS delivery of applications. Autonomous self-healing CPU and memory systems maximize application uptime by proactively identifying potential failures and taking action to correct them, IBM said.
In addition, the system’s Upward Integration Modules can help reduce the cost and complexity of system administration by allowing operators to perform management tasks through virtualization tools.