IBM PureFlex System solutions

Improve the economics of IT with simplicity, speed and flexibility
for Cloud and Big Data.


Integrated IBM PureFlex and Flex System cloud solutions are fast and simple. Get the performance your business demands with the flexibility you need to stay ahead of the competition.

Previous announcement: October 2013

In today’s ever-changing marketplace, IT solutions are driving business – making it faster, more nimble, and ultimately, more successful. Users want access to data and applications on their terms. They want full service from mobile devices. They rely on social networks to drive ever increasing numbers of transactions.

Cloud computing solutions from IBM can help you meet these demands.

New PureFlex System and IBM Flex System offerings and solutions are optimized for cloud deployments

With the latest IBM PureFlex System technology enhancements, you can accelerate system deployment while simplifying cloud service delivery and improving efficiency in your IT environment.

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IBM PureFlex System delivers the value of an integrated system but with flexibility and choice to fit your business need. The new IBM PureFlex System can be configured to deploy the cloud your way. In addition, they include the latest compute and networking technology from IBM.

The new PureFlex System offerings now include:

These new PureFlex offerings will also feature the new SmartCloud Entry 3.2 offering in December 2013.6

SmartCloud Entry 3.2 offers new heterogeneous cloud management, easy upgradability to higher function SmartCloud offerings based on OpenStack.

An enhanced user interface simplifies workload migration and allows users to quickly locate and manage virtualized IT resources.

  • IBM PureFlex Solution for SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure

    The new IBM PureFlex Solution for SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure offers more mobile application access with improved security. Now you can support up to 8400 Windows 7 users in a single PureFlex rack In addition, this new offering ships pre-integrated from the factory to speed time to value for virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments.

    The new offering includes a range of capabilities.

  • IBM PureFlex Solution for IBM i

    Consolidate IBM i and x86 into a single integrated system with 80 percent lower IBM i software costs.7

    The new IBM PureFlex Solution for IBM i is a complete integrated business system that offers an attractive alternative for existing small and midsized IBM i users to reduce IT costs and complexity by consolidating their IBM i and Windows® applications on an IBM PureFlex solution.

  • IBM Flex System Solution for Microsoft Hyper V

    The new IBM Flex System Solution for Microsoft Hyper V offers high performance and scalability for cloud environments. With this new eight compute node Flex System solution you can build scalable, affordable virtualization and cloud solutions build on IBM Flex System. Deployment guidance from IBM is designed to provide a low cost of entry for cloud deployments while supporting future growth.

  • IBM Flex System Microsoft SQL and Exchange Solutions

    The new IBM Flex System Microsoft SQL and Exchange Solutions provide Microsoft email and database solutions that are scalable to support a range of user counts and data sizes. These solutions support up to 25,000 users for Microsoft Exchange environments and provide a highly scalable foundation for Microsoft SQL environments.

  • New IBM Flex System offerings

    Get higher levels of IT performance and networking flexibly with new IBM Flex System offerings.

    New IBM Flex System x240 Compute Nodes

    IBM Flex System EN4023 10Gb Scalable Switch

    Cisco Nexus B22 Fabric Extender for IBM Flex System

2 Based on findings in IDC study "IBM PureFlex System Ready for Cloud" published in July 2013. (PDF,377KB)
3 Based on findings in IDC study "IBM PureFlex System Ready for Cloud" published in July 2013. (PDF,377KB)
4 Based on findings in an IDC study published in July 2013. (PDF,377KB)
5 Based on new Flex System Manager capability to manage up to 16 Flex System chassis, 224 Flex System servers and 5000 endpoints.
6 This information is based on IBM’s current product plans and strategy, which are subject to change by IBM without notice. References in these materials to IBM products, programs, or services do not imply that they will be available in all countries in which IBM operates.
7 Based on 80% per core savings is based on the difference of IBM i p10 per core license price versus IBM i p05 per core license price which equates to 80% savings per core.
8 SPECvirt_sc2013 comparing top bin performance of previous generation platform.


IBM offers a broad systems and storage portfolio combined with decades of experience solving real business problems. With x86, POWER and mainframe systems, disk, tape and network storage systems, IBM can offer the right combination of systems to meet the challenges of your business.


Storage efficiency is more vital than ever. Your disk utilisation rate may be as low as 20% — while the amount of data you are required to store is exploding. IBM Storage can help.


The smarter data centre with improved economics of IT can be achieved by connecting servers and storage with a high-speed and intelligent network fabric that is smarter, faster, greener, open and easy to manage. IBM takes an open, standards-based approach to implement the latest advances in today’s flat, converged data centre network designs.


IBM's comprehensive Systems Software solutions help to centralise, streamline and automate your physical and virtual infrastructure, allowing you to optimise workloads and increase your ability to deliver IT services that align with business goals. Let us show you how IBM Systems Software helps you realise the value of IBM smarter computing, by allowing a more effective use of the advanced features in IBM hardware and operating systems.

Integrated solutions

The reality is that you need an IT infrastructure designed for data, tuned to the task and managed in the cloud. If your IT staff spends all of their time managing IT, they won’t be working with you to drive innovation. You need your infrastructure to help you in the marketplace, to help you innovate, to help you be more competitive, to help you succeed.

Systems-related services

IBM Systems-related services offers a full range of services to help design, develop, integrate, optimise, validate and deploy comprehensive solutions that support On Demand Business.

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Previous announcements

IBM Flex System: The game changer

Innovation that transforms business. August 2013.

Innovate with flexible solutions that drive business results

IBM PureFlex System and IBM Flex System. June 2013.

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