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That expertise has also been shared with over 125 different ISVs, including Microsoft, SugarCRM, Infor, Red Hat, SAP, and Siemens that have over 150 applications ready to go for PureSystems at launch, Riegel said.
"We let ISVs look at typical customer deployments and requirements on PureSystems and put that experience into their application design to ensure their performance is optimized for the system," he said.
Indeed, Riegel said, the only major ISV not preparing applications for PureSystems is Oracle.
That is no surprise. Oracle develops what it calls engineered systems, which tightly integrate its application software and middleware to the server and storage hardware it got with its 2010 acquisition of Sun Microsystems.
That has resulted in Oracle's release of integrated appliances, including its Exadata database appliance and its Exalytics Intelligence Machine for memory analytics, both of which would compete directly against IBM's PureSystems when configured with applications such as IBM's DB2 or Microsoft's SQL database software or SAP's business analytic software.
"We're open," Riegel said. "Oracle requires customers purchase their hardware and application stack. The only way to get maximum performance is to get their application stack. Our customers are excited to have a range of operating systems and over 150 applications."
The PureSystems also targets Cisco's UCS technology, which marries Cisco's high-end blade servers with its networking expertise into a tightly-integrated platform.
"Cisco in many cases doesn't include storage in the stack," Riegel said. "And it is limited to Intel-based servers."
IBM expects customers to be able to significantly cut deployment time of their IT infrastructures, Riegel said.
A typical project deployment might require two to three months to procure the servers, storage, networking, and applications, followed by two to three week to integrate the hardware, and a few weeks to deploy the applications, he said.
"So it can take up to six months," he said. "With PureSystems, just order it, and pick an ISV application from a catalog of business-to-business solutions. The app can be downloaded and deployed in four hours. So customers go from a six-month deployment to getting an integrated system in six to ten days, with applications ready to go in two weeks."
PureSystems is also designed from the outset for cloud with the ability for applications to run between on-premise and cloud infrastructures, Riegel said.
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