2First-Gen Enterprise x Architecture (EXA)
In 2001, IBM introduced the first generation of its Enterprise x architecture (EXA) designed for x86-based servers, the first to offer a scalable 16-processor design. EXA delivered faster response time, better availability to handle Internet data demands and was the first greater than eight-way scalable technology. IBM was VMWare’s first joint-development partner, working to develop EXA-based systems. Shown here is the EXA – x440 system.
3EXA2 Comes Along
4X3 and Hot-Swap Memory
5X4 Optimizes Price/Performance
6The Fifth-Generation eX5
The fifth-generation eX5 architecture launched in 2009 delivered platforms with the most memory in the industry for large database and virtualization optimization. Supported by eX5, IBM’s MAX5 system offered dense virtualization capabilities, the highest level of performance through eXFlash and 600 percent more memory than its predecessor. Shown here is the X5 – x3850 system.
7No 1 in Market Share
8Virtualization Is Key
According to 451 Research, 51 percent of x86 servers were virtualized by 2013. This industry milestone happened eight years after the first IBM System x server supported virtualization.
9The X6 With eXFlash Memory Channel Storage
In 2014, IBM announced the X6 architecture, with fast application performance, agile modular systems and resilient highly available solutions. X6 includes the industry’s first integrated eXFlash memory channel storage by providing the lowest system latency available, essential for analytics apps. X6’s modular, scalable design provides stability and continuous uptime, supporting multiple generations of CPUs and reducing acquisition costs. New resiliency features support cloud deployment of mission-critical applications like ERP, analytics and database. Shown here is the IBM System x3850 X6 server four-socket system.