IBM eX5 enterprise systems

Enhanced IBM eX5 enterprise systems

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Step up to new levels of performance and reliability with the IBM System x3690 X5, the only 2-socket, 2U enterprise-class x86 system. With performance, memory-capacity and reliability features previously found only in four-socket offerings, the x3690 X5 is a smart solution designed to help you reach your business goals.

Whether you need more power than your current 1 or 2 socket infrastructure provides, or a cutting-edge enterprise platform without the expense of a new 4-socket infrastructure, the x3690 X5 can be the building block for your intelligent IT infrastructure.

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Why choose System x3690 X5?

  • - Enterprise class x86 server technology

    Unique in the x86 server landscape, there are no competitive offerings comparable to the x3690 X5. Only IBM System x allows you to consolidate and virtualise your workloads from multiple servers onto an enterprise-class two-socket system to help you lower operational and software license costs. Consolidation of many-to-one allows higher utilisation, better ROI and lower administration costs, while consuming less energy and taking up less rack space.

  • - Better database performance

    Your databases need more memory, processing power and room to grow. MAX5 memory expansion and eXFlash SSD technology increase your system's memory capacity and storage performance, delivering larger, faster databases and reducing the need for additional systems or external storage.

  • - More desktop environments

    Virtualising workloads on an x3690 X5, alone or with MAX5, can help lower costs by increasing the number of virtual machines achievable on a two-socket system. The unprecedented memory capacity of the x3690 X5 also allows you to enable more virtual desktop users than any other two-socket x86 system.

Key features

The x3690 X5 offers breakthrough innovation for smarter computing. These systems feature:

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IBM eX5 enterprise systems can help you maximise memory, minimise cost and simplify deployment


eX5: The next leap forward
Roland Hagan, World Wide VP IBM System x Servers, discusses eX5, the next leap forward in x86 server architecture and design.

IBM Information Management and eX5
Arvind Krishna, IBM General Manager of Information Management Software discusses eX5 technology and how it is optimised for IBM Software Group products.

VMWare and IBM eX5
Stephen Herrod, CTO of VMware, discusses eX5 technology and its impact on virtualisation.

Microsoft and IBM eX5
Bill Laing, Corporate VP at Microsoft talks about eX5 technology and how IBM and Microsoft work together to satisfy customers.

SAP and IBM eX5
Mike Ellis, VP of the IBM Alliance at SAP talks about eX5 technology and IBM's and SAP's long history of collaboration for customers.

Analyst reports

The Value of Memory-Dense Servers: IBM's System x MAX 5 for its eX5 Server Family (PDF, 791KB)
International Data Corporation (IDC) highlights how IBM MAX5 memory technology plays a significant role in increasing the value of memory dense servers.

IBM's System x eX5 servers attack customers' most challenging IT problems with efficiency and flexibility (PDF, 580KB)
By Technology Business Research (TBR)

The System x X5 Difference – IBM Innovation on Industry Standard Servers (PDF, 151KB)
Pund-It Analyst Charles King covers key eX5 differentiators.

IBM System x - From Boxes to Workloads (PDF, 205KB)
This white paper by Illuminata focuses on x86 server evolution. IBM eX5 represents a new era in x86 product capabilities.

White papers

Highly-Scalable Virtualisation: Optimising your Infrastructure with IBM eX5 and VMware vSphere (PDF, 1MB)
VMware and IBM discuss how to maximise the return on your virtualisation investment.

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