IBM Hardware Systems Bolstered for Cloud at Edge 2013

At its IBM Edge 2013 conference, IBM announced enhancements to its systems to facilitate cloud computing.

IBM announced a series of enhancements across its systems portfolio that are designed to help organizations adopt cloud computing as they build toward software-defined environments (SDE).

At its IBM Edge 2013 conference in Las Vegas on June 10, IBM announced enhancements to the company's Smarter Storage line of flash, disk and tape systems, new high-performance computing (HPC) solutions and new capabilities for IBM's PureSystems line of systems, among other things.

In addition, IBM released its FlashSystem series today. Announced in April, the series of all-flash appliances has been enhanced to deliver less than one-tenth the cost per transaction while using 4 percent of the energy and 2 percent of the space compared with hybrid disk and flash systems, IBM said.

The new hardware push behind the cloud comes just days after IBM announced the acquisition of SoftLayer and the formation of a new cloud services division at the company.

Moreover, new capabilities added to the IBM PureSystems family of expert integrated systems are designed to help clients reduce the security risks often faced when deploying cloud solutions, as well as enable quick recovery and restoration after disasters.

IBM also announced a new mobile solution—the IBM Mobile Application Platform Pattern—based on IBM Worklight server on PureSystems for both Power and x86 processors to accelerate clients' access to millions of mobile users by allowing mobile applications to be deployed in as little as 30 minutes.

"Cloud computing and big data analytics are playing key roles in helping organizations lower operating expenses, improve efficiencies and increase productivity," Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems & Technology Group, said in a statement. "But they're also enabling greater and faster access to business insights, which is fundamentally transforming the ways in which organizations, public and private, are interacting with, learning from and supporting their customers."

In addition to rolling out its new IBM FlashSystem family of all-flash appliances, IBM announced enhancements to its storage portfolio that will help more clients achieve faster and continuous access to information. For example, IBM added support for 4TB drives to its Storwize V7000 and XIV storage systems for 33 percent more capacity in the same space, and new capabilities to XIV that enable users to send large volumes of data between systems through the cloud without performance degradation.

IBM also enhanced its Easy Tier technology, which automatically moves data to the most effective storage tier in a storage system for faster performance and greater efficiency. The new Easy Tier Server function helps boost performance even further by caching the "hottest," most-frequently accessed data to the EXP30 Ultra solid-state drive (SSD) I/O Drawer on IBM Power Systems. When these servers are used in conjunction with the IBM DS8870 Storage System, the new Easy Tier Server capabilities can help boost storage performance by up to five times, IBM said.

Meanwhile, IBM also rolled out nine new Power Systems offerings, each providing new capabilities in big data analytics and cloud computing. There are five packaged solutions for the health care and retail industries. IBM is focusing on a series of new industry-themed solutions that combine IBM Power Systems with specialized software to meet big data and analytics needs unique to specific industries. For health care, the new solutions are designed to improve patient care and experience, reduce health care costs and maximize health resource utilization; the retail solution is geared toward helping retailers provide customers with more personalized shopping experiences.