IBM today unveiled a number of major additions to its Flex System portfolio that will help clients use smaller datacenter environments to quickly deploy, manage, and secure increasingly larger clouds.
The offerings combine the latest server technology with new virtualization, networking, and management tools, allowing clients to consolidate their existing IT infrastructures and reduce operating costs.
These additional Flex Systems products deliver the features that provide clients with the choices they need as they seek to reduce costs and invest in technologies that provide future scalability. The offerings consist of three systems built on both IBM POWER7+ and a "double dense" x222 system built on x86 technology.
Additionally, IBM has upgraded the Flex System Manager so that clients can monitor and manage up to 5,000 infrastructure end points and do so from any location utilizing iOS, Android, and BlackBerry mobile devices.
Today's announcement comes at a critical time, as organizations look to consolidate their existing datacenters and shift greater workloads to the cloud. In fact, one study has determined that by 2014, businesses will have migrated more than 62 percent of their existing database workloads to the cloud.
By way of example, Swedish manufacturer Tomologic, in collaboration with the global cutting machine manufacturers and researchers from the Swedish Institute of Computer Science, KTH, and Uppsala University, has moved to a cloud environment on the new x222 Flex System.
Tomologic will use this environment to deliver their software-as-a-service that optimizes cutting metal and material through the use of advanced and unique computational algorithms.
The algorithms will help Tomologic's clients to offer more units being cut out of the same sheet, reducing the amount of waste and enabling more efficient use of the machine capacity. Because they are based in the cloud Tomologic is able to continually improve the efficiency of the algorithm and service without disrupting end-user production.
Enterprise modernization via the cloud
In addition to cloud deployments, many clients are choosing Flex System to enhance their infrastructures as they replace legacy environments.
Libra Internet Bank, one of the leading banking services providers in Romania, is announcing that they will replace the legacy systems used currently in their production infrastructure. Libra Internet Bank anticipates that the new Flex System datacenter will increase the security, performance, and efficiency of the banking services they offer clients.
Tomologic and Libra Internet Bank are just two examples of the thousands of clients in key markets that are increasingly turning to Flex System to replace their legacy blade infrastructures and deploy new cloud environments.
Specifications for the new Flex systems are located here.
More than 4,500 business partners for IBM Flex Systems
Since the introduction of Flex System, IBM has been committed to supporting its Business Partners. As a result, there are now more than 4,500 channel partners for PureFlex and Flex System.
Today's announcement provides additional choices for partners, and reinforces the role of Flex System as the premier platform for providing solutions to clients in the x86 and POWER market segments.
Expanding on this commitment, IBM Business Partners worldwide can now select from Flex System bundles that are specially configured and priced for their local markets.
The IBM Flex System goes beyond competitors' blade configurations and provides the building-block elements for IBM PureSystems. IBM Flex Systems are built-to-order offerings for clients who want to custom build and tune configurations to their specific requirements. This allows them to select the specific compute, systems networking, and optional storage and management required to support their specific workloads.
For more information on IBM Flex Systems go here.