IBM Goes High, Low With New Power, PureSystems Solutions


IBM also updated its PureSystems solutions, which is a converged infrastructure architecture that combines the company's server, storage, networking and management technologies into a single integrated platform based on x86 or Power7+ processors.

The new solutions are aimed at helping increase support for new customer environments, especially for managed service providers, said Peter McCaffrey, director of IBM PureSystems.

The first PureSystems update is the addition of several new tested reference architectures for the IBM PureFlex line, which provides a cloud-based infrastructure.

New for the IBM PureFlex is a managed service provider edition for accelerated cloud deployments, a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solution and a solution for interfacing with customers' existing IP networks and storage infrastructures, McCaffrey said.

IBM is also introducing a new entry-level model to its PureSystems Application System, which offers cloud-ready platforms for transactional Web and database applications. The new model can be configured with as few as 32 x86 processor cores and is upgradable to up to 64 cores, McCaffrey said. Previously, the entry point was 96 cores.

Also new is a Power7+-based PureSystems Application System that starts at 96 processor cores, McCaffrey said.

"We've essentially broadened both ends of the PureSystems Application System family," he said.

IBM also updated its PureData System for Analytics big data analytics solution based on IBM's Netezza software. The latest version includes a combination of new x86 processors and higher-performance hard drives to provide a data scan rate of 12 GB per second and 50 percent more storage capacity per rack, he said.

PUBLISHED FEB. 6, 2013