Clients are seeking to deploy services faster, to scale infrastructure rapidly, to analyse new data, and to deliver all of these new capabilities at much lower costs than ever before.
One key IT response has been the move to "converged infrastructure"—compute, storage and networking in a single framework approach. Using converged infrastructure, clients have expected to achieve 20–30 percent improvements in time to deploy systems and similar improvements in utilisation and IT staff productivity. In fact, clients using Flex System™ and the pre-integrated and pre-tested IBM PureFlex® System have achieved much more. These clients can activate services in minutes or hours rather than days or weeks,1 have saved up to 47 percent in time to manage IT systems,2 have improved utilisation by 25 percent3 and reduced downtime by up to 97 percent.3
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1 IBM PureFlex System Ready for Cloud, IDC white paper, July 2013. Visit
attachment=WAL12380USEN.PDF (PDF, 377KB) for more information.
2 IBM PureFlex and Flex System: Infrastructure for IT Efficiency, IDC white paper, July
2013. Visit ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=WH&infotype=SA
attachment=WAL12378USEN.PDF (PDF, 376KB) for more information.
3 IDC: Accelerating solution deployment with IBM PureFlex and IBM Flex System, IDC
white paper, July 2013. Visit ibm.com/common/ssi/cgi-bin/ssialias?subtype=WH&infotype=SA
attachment=WAL12379USEN.PDF (PDF, 377KB) for more information.
|Flex System compute nodes||x220, x222, x240, x440|
|IBM PureFlex System Rack||42U/None|
|Flex System Chassis||Single with expansion options|
|Integrated 10 Gb Networking Switch||Selectable option with redundancy|
|Integrated 16 Gb Fibre Channel Switch||Selectable option with redundancy|
|Integrated Flex System Converged Scalable Switch (FCoE)||Selectable option with redundancy|
|Flex System management node||Yes|
|FlexSystem Manager™ (SW)||FlexSystem Manager Standard|
|Power supplies (std/max) per chassis||2/6|
|80 mm fans (std/max) per chassis||4/8|
|Chassis Management Modules (CMM)||2|
|IBM Storwize V7000||Yes|
|IBM V7000 Software||IBM V7000 Softwares|
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