IBM Grows Flex System Portfolio to Enable Bigger Clouds

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2013-08-09

IBM wants to enable organizations running cloud environments to put more performance into smaller data centers. Big Blue is expanding its portfolio of Flex System servers to include three new Power 7+-based systems and another one that runs on Intel's Xeon server processor, and all four systems are designed to bring higher performance and energy efficiency, key demands from organizations with cloud and scale-out environments. IBM wants to enable organizations to essentially put more capabilities—from compute to storage to memory to processing power—into the Flex System 10U  (17.5-inch) chassis, Jeff Howard, IBM's vice president for Flex System and PureSystem, told eWEEK. Businesses and service providers will more easily run and manage more workloads in the cloud. In addition to the servers, IBM also enhanced its Flex System Manager, enabling organizations to manage as many as 5,000 infrastructure end points from any location via Apple iOS, Google Android or BlackBerry mobile devices. New networking switches and fabrics also increase bandwidth up to 40G bits, which not only improves connectivity and performance but also helps in the deployment of software-defined networks (SDNs). Here is a look at some of the new Flex System offerings. (Photos from IBM.)


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