IBM is delivering on the promise of smarter computing
Late last year, IBM began to describe a new and emerging era of information technology, called smarter computing. It's quickly become apparent that forward-thinking organisations have embraced this concept and are approaching computing in a different way. Smarter computing is fueling dramatic growth across industries as organisations create new markets, identify new trends before their competitors, or deliver services more quickly.
Innovation in systems design has long been a mainstay at IBM. As we celebrate our Centennial, it's important to note that IBM's century of innovation and change is highlighted by some of the most amazing advances in the history of computing. Whether it be the revolutionary System/360 or today's workload optimised systems, our technology reflects not only the latest inventions in information sciences, but also the dramatic changes the world has undergone generation by generation.
System z delivers freedom by design in introducing new capabilities and a new entry model of the IBM zEnterprise System
System z is bringing the value of hybrid computing to clients of all sizes. With today's announcements, we are taking the next steps in the evolution of enterprise computing. IBM is delivering a powerful set of capabilities that we began rolling out last year, giving clients the tools to create a more flexible, responsive IT environment. We are now extending those enterprise capabilities to a new set of mid-sized companies with the zEnterprise 114—a new entry point for hybrid computing.
The new zEnterprise 114 offers:
We are also extending the hybrid capabilities of both the z196 and the z114 with new announcements for the zBladeCenter extension (zBX) and the Unified Resource Manager. The zBX now includes BladeCenter HX5 support for Linux and future support for Windows2 in addition to Power Systems blade support, enabling smarter choices for optimal deployment of workloads on best fit architecture for efficiency and innovation. In addition, we are announcing increased flexibility to deploy and manage the zEnterprise system (with a statement of direction on delivering APIs to enable management of Unified Resource Manager from external tools1).
1 Distributed server comparison is based on IBM cost modeling of Linux on zEnterprise vs. alternative distributed servers. Given there are multiple factors in this analysis such as utilisation rates, application type, local pricing, etc., savings may vary by user.
2 All statements regarding IBM future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice, and represents goals and objectives only.
Get ready for big data with faster and more efficient storage solutions
New IBM System Storage solutions can help you not just manage, but take advantage of, the growing volume, variety and velocity of information known as big data.
- IBM XIV Storage System Gen3 (US): Increase performance up to 4X from previous generation systems and improve storage system management
- IBM System Storage tape controller for System z with TS1140 4TB drives: Improve TCO and reduce library footprint with integrated library management functionality
- IBM Linear Tape File System: Reduce tape cartridge cost up to 98 percent using IBM LTO 5 with LTFS
- Crossroads ReadVerify Appliance: Monitor and validate physical tape library environments continuously with little to no performance impact
New IBM System Networking offerings: Empowering clients to build smarter, faster, flatter networks
IBM BNT top-of-rack and blade switches (US) offer enhanced networking capacity, virtualization and client control, along with ultra-low latency1 and up to 84 percent better price/performance2; and the new Juniper EX4500 (US) simplifies installation, management, and service in Junos environments.
1 IBM WMQ LLM with IBM x3550 servers, Mellanox MNPH29C-XTR ConnectX®-2 EN with RoCE, IBM-BNT G8264 10/40GE Switch (SUT ID: LLM110421 ) STAC-M2™ Benchmarks v1.0 Tested by: STAC Test date: 21 April 2011 Report 0.98, 6 May 2011
2 Tolly Test Report, Competitive Performance Evaluation: IBM BNT RackSwitch G8264, March 2011
System x and BladeCenter
System x and BladeCenter systems are optimised for efficiency in systems networking and management
Virtual Fabric for IBM BladeCenter, optimised for virtualisation and convergence, extends to a wider range of networking switches. See up to 49 percent savings in CAPEX, and up to 50 percent reduction in energy costs, by easily managing network interconnects while protecting investments with a convergence-ready solution1.
IBM Systems Director Standard Edition for System x (US) bundles leading management capabilities for total savings and ease of deployment: 21 percent price savings compared to individual software downloads and 34-42 percent savings in administration costs when compared with unmanaged environments.
1 Compared to traditional networking.
The new IBM Power 775 Supercomputer
The IBM Power 775 Supercomputer, driven by POWER7 technology, is built to handle heavy-duty analytics as the world's most powerful and energy efficient supercomputer.
The Power 775 has the muscle to handle a wide variety of high-performance computing projects, such as climate modeling and forecasting, risk analytics and real-time trading in financial services, and high-res simulations in nuclear resource management.