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IBM Expands Converged Infrastructure Systems Lineup

IBM expanded its line of PureSystems converged infrastructure servers this week in a move that could help the company shore up its struggling hardware business.

IBM debuted three Power7-based systems, one x86-based system, and new management and software-defined networking software for its IBM Flex Systems. Those Flex products are part of the company's broader PureSystems line that combines compute, storage and networking capabilities in a single chassis.

IBM's hardware sales, including sales of its x86-based servers, have been on the decline: This week IBM said it's furloughing its Systems and Technology Group workers for a week later this month to cut costs. Converged infrastructure is one of the few bright spots in the hardware industry and adding to its PureSystems lineup should give IBM a boost.