IBM Flex System

Go beyond blade severs.
No-compromise, comprehensive infrastructure.

 


Meet the game changer.
Transform your IT infrastructure
with IBM Flex System.


Meet the sophisticated demands on your infrastructure
with IBM Flex System.


IBM Flex System™ is a revolutionary step forward in blade server-based IT infrastructure – a clean-slate design for today’s increasingly virtualised, heterogeneous data centres. Offering the ability to custom build and tune a configuration to meet your specific requirements, it’s one of the most advanced blade servers available today. Featuring Intel® Xeon® processors, IBM Flex System is the right fit for your IT infrastructure.1

With IBM Flex System, the elements that make up IBM PureFlex™ System, you can build your own system to meet your unique IT requirements with a set of no-compromise compute, storage, networking and systems management components.

1 Based on IBM testing and documented in IBM System x Virtualisation Server Consolidation sizing methodology. IBM Flex System x240 supports 2.7X more Peak Utilisation Virtual Machines (VMs) than previous generation BladeCenter HS22V.

2 Based on IDC White Paper "The Economics of Virtualisation: Moving Toward an Application-Based Cost Model," Michelle Bailey, November 2009, http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/Virtualisation-application-based-cost-model-WP-EN.pdf (PDF, 216KB)

Optional IBM Flex System storage node available fourth quarter 2012.

IBM, the IBM logo, PureFlex, IBM Flex System Manager and IBM Flex System are trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Other product and service names might be trademarks of IBM or other companies. For a current list of IBM trademarks, see www.ibm.com/legal/copytrade.shtml (US). Intel, the Intel logo, Xeon, and Xeon Inside are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. ©International Business Machines Corporation 2012. All rights reserved.


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1 Based on IBM testing and documented in IBM System x Virtualisation Server Consolidation sizing methodology. IBM Flex System x240 supports 2.7X more Peak Utilisation Virtual Machines (VMs) than previous generation BladeCenter HS22V.

2 Based on IDC White Paper "The Economics of Virtualisation: Moving Toward an Application-Based Cost Model," Michelle Bailey, November 2009, http://www.vmware.com/files/pdf/Virtualisation-application-based-cost-model-WP-EN.pdf (PDF, 216KB)

IBM, the IBM logo, PureFlex, IBM Flex System Manager and IBM Flex System are trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Other product and service names might be trademarks of IBM or other companies. For a current list of IBM trademarks, see www.ibm.com/legal/copytrade.shtml (US). Intel, the Intel logo, Xeon, and Xeon Inside are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. ©International Business Machines Corporation 2012. All rights reserved.

IBM Flex System: The game changer

Innovation that transforms business.

 

IBM Flex System: August 6 announcement

Beyond blades: Better results, lower costs.

Organisations of all sizes need to improve IT efficiency to reduce operational expense and allow increased innovation. IBM Flex System solutions can help you consolidate your infrastructure and support innovative solutions such as social, mobile and big data analytics. With IBM Flex System, you get the flexibility to innovate while still choosing the best architecture for your applications. And with recent announcements, you get even more choice, supporting consolidation efficiency across all infrastructure - not just servers - so you can reduce operational expense and free up resources for innovation.


IBM Flex System
Custom-build infrastructure to your requirements

IBM Flex System represents an entirely new generation of technology, with more performance and bandwidth, true integrated enterprise SAN storage, and far more capability to consolidate and virtualise than previous systems. A game changer.

Businesses around the world have a timely opportunity to move forward beyond blade servers, transforming the data centre by bringing together servers, networking, and storage – all under integrated management – with IBM Flex System.

Your business needs an infrastructure solution with a flexible architecture to support your needs today, but also designed to support multiple generations of future technologies. You need simple, integrated management to keep operational costs down, but you also want a no-compromise design with long-term investment protection.

Whether you need to migrate an existing blade server infrastructure to simplify management and improve performance and flexibility, or implement new workloads, IBM Flex System can meet your needs.

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Starting with an innovative chassis designed for new levels of simplicity, reliability, and upgradability, IBM Flex System can help you go beyond blade servers. With a broad range of x86 and IBM POWER compute nodes, the Flex System V7000 storage node, enhanced networking capabilities and sophisticated system management capabilities, you can upgrade your existing blade server infrastructure and make your IT simpler, more flexible, more open, and more efficient.

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Go beyond blade servers with IBM Flex System

Compute nodes that go beyond blade servers

  • Price-optimised entry nodes to performance-optimised 4-socket nodes for your most demanding applications
  • Available with the highest capability processors and industry-leading memory capability for x86-based compute nodes and the latest IBM® POWER® and POWER7+™ processors for maximum performance and efficiency
  • Double-dense design can support the equivalent of 28 nodes per IBM Flex System™ Enterprise Chassis
  • Storage capabilities optimised for efficiency and performance
  • Optional IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node offers storage virtualisation, Real-time Compression™ to reduce capacity needs, and IBM Easy Tier® to optimise data placement
  • Up to 2x more dedicated flash storage for compute nodes compared to Dell1

Networking capabilities designed for virtualisation and cloud

Storage capabilities optimised for efficiency and performance

  • Simplified storage administration with a single storage management user interface incorporated into the integrated system manager
  • Virtualise third-party storage with non-disruptive migration of current storage infrastructure
  • The IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node is built on the industry-leading storage virtualisation and efficiency capabilities of IBM Storwize® V7000 and enables external virtualisation, consolidation and tiering, and is designed to improve application availability and resource utilisation
  • The IBM Flex System Storage Expansion Node provides dedicated hard disk drives (HDDs) or solid state disk (SSD) storage to an IBM Flex System x220 and x240 compute node, expanding the compute node’s capability

Management integration with IBM Flex System Manager™

The community speaks

"The NGS Collection for Pipeline Pilot, combined with the IBM Application Ready Solution for Accelrys, provides a turnkey NGS analysis solution with all the required high performance hardware: General Parallel File System, high speed networking, and storage,to support our customers' most demanding workloads."

- Dr. Matt Hahn, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Accelrys

There are many more voices describing the benefits of IBM PureFlex System and IBM Flex System.

"It has been a pleasure to work with IBM, optimising our enterprise software running on the IBM Application Ready Solution for CLC bio platform. We are proud to offer this pre-configured, scalable high-performance infrastructure with integrated GPFS to all our clients with demanding computational workloads."

- Mikael Flensborg, Director of Global Partner Relations, CLC bio

"Initial testing with Gaussian 09 indicates that IBM Application Ready Solution offers excellent performance. When coupled with IBM's storage offerings, the Application Ready Solution brings capability to run very large Gaussian problems conveniently within reach of more end-users."

- Dr. Michael Frisch, President, Gaussian, Inc.

"While ANSYS is optimised for HPC performance, the task of selecting the appropriate hardware for specific workloads remains a bottleneck for customers. IBM Application Ready Solution for ANSYS should ensure that ANSYS applications perform optimally. The focus on application integration and engineering workflow, including remote 3D environments, will also add value for ANSYS customers seeking to boost engineering productivity. The combined solution should enable consideration of a greater number of high-fidelity simulations more rapidly and helps customers ensure that their products perform as expected in the real world."

- Barbara Hutchings, Director of Strategic Partnerships, ANSYS

 

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1 IBM Flex System Flash on the x240 supports up to 1.6 TB compared to Dell M610 with 800 GB.

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