IBM Flex System: The game changer

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IBM Flex System
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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, a converged infrastructure like 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 system to this converged infrastructure to make your IT simpler, more flexible, more open, and more efficient.

Spotlight on IBM Flex System

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A balanced approach to energy efficiency

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Open cloud-based solutions

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Get IBM Flex System at discount prices

IBM FlexPac offers an affordable way for your organization to acquire IBM Flex System.

Go beyond blade servers with IBM Flex System

Compute nodes that go beyond blade servers

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

Networking capabilities designed for virtualisation and cloud

Storage capabilities optimised for efficiency and performance

Management integration with IBM Flex System Manager™

The community speaks

"We opted for IBM Flex System because it offers the high availability, ease of management and cost-efficiency features that are always of central concern for public organizations like ours."

- Andrea Oliani, CIO at ULSS 20 Verona

"By choosing IBM Flex System and managed services with Office IT- Partner, we have succeeded in slashing our IT cost per customer by a remarkable 50 percent."

- Mikael Folkesson, Development and Operations Manager, Fortnox

"With Flex System, we can offer a consistently excellent level of service, regardless of location."

- Dag Ydstebø, Senior IT Architect, Cegal

"The PureFlex System is incredible. It changed my life. Before I spent 50 percent of my time managing my infrastructure; now I only spend five percent of my time on this."

- Mr. Jean-Pierre Bidault des Chaumes, general secretary overseeing IT, security and risk management for Ets Claude Blandin et Fils.

"IBM Flex System helps us deliver better value to citizens via higher-quality services at lower cost."

- Guillaume Ors, Director of Information Systems, Mairie de Clichy

"Our SAP ERP applications run reliably. We have had no downtime since we moved to the IBM Flex System."

- Wilfried Grewe, CIO, MULTIVAC

"The performance of PureFlex is very impressive. Our business users noticed a positive change once the platform was in place."

- Georg Probst, Director Business Engineering Infrastructure, Lantal Textiles AG

"The integrated storage virtualization in the PureFlex is a huge bonus for us. If we acquire a company with different storage, we can integrate their storage with our new solution. It makes our lives so much easier."

- Shawn Southern, information technology manager, Ascent Solutions Inc.

“By consolidating our previous servers onto fewer, more powerful nodes in the IBM PureFlex enclosure, we have reduced our data center space requirements by 80 percent and reduced energy consumption by over 50 percent.”

- Alfred Alcon, Chief Technology Officer, Crèdit Andorrà

“We chose IBM for its performance and for the end-to-end coherence of the system with Flex System Manager.”

- Thomas Germain, CIO, Spie batignolles

“Cloud computing is helping provide very fast applications to our customers. Before we were able to deliver SAP instances in, one or two days, now we are talking about hours.”

- Jean-Francois Lauri, CEO, AGENTIL

“The versatility of PureFlex means that we didn't have to make a hasty decision about the future of our infrastructure or our core applications. We can move to whatever platform is best for Aquarius, whenever is best for our business.”

- Marie-France Baras, Chief Information Officer, CGA

“The PureFlex platform is sustainable because we can get higher-margin business. As an MSP, we can use this easily managed system to grow a customer until we become their full IT solutions provider. I really love the IBM PureFlex platform.”

- Matt Grosso, managing director group, Secure Infrastructure & Services

“Basing our cloud offerings on the ultra-reliable Flex System means that even small companies can profit from the reliability and scalability of cutting-edge IBM technology.”

- Maximilian Merkl, Managing Partner, Merkl IT

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

Systems

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

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.

Networking

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.

Software

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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Desktop virtualisation

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Must see highlights

Datacenter security: An IDC Technology Spotlight

Find out how System x servers help safeguard data.

A balanced approach to energy efficiency

Discover the energy efficiency features and benefits of System x servers.

Flex Frenzy

Discover what IBM Flex System can solve for you in this interactive game

Get IBM Flex System at discount prices

IBM FlexPac offers an affordable way for your organization to acquire IBM Flex System.

The Total Economic Impact

Understand the potential financial impact of deploying an IBM PureFlex system in your organization.

Is "Scalable Blade" an Oxymoron?

Blades deliver density but required a tradeoff in scalability until now.

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