New IBM Flex System X6 Compute Nodes and solutions

Drive cost-efficient performance for cloud and big data workloads

IBM Flex System X6 Compute Node portfolio

IT organizations today must deliver greater cloud, big data and analytics capabilities—even with declining budgets. As businesses increase mobile and cloud deployments and users demand real-time decision data, your server infrastructure needs to process massive volumes of data faster, be more resilient and scale easily for cost-effective performance.

New IBM Flex System X6 Compute Nodes—including the two-socket x280 X6, the four-socket x480 X6, and the industry’s first eight-socket blade server using Intel® Xeon® processors1, the x880 X6—can help you meet these challenges. Featuring exclusive IBM X-Architecture® innovations and the latest Xeon E7 v2 processors, IBM Flex System X6 Compute Nodes enable organizations to deliver greater performance, agility, and resiliency for database, cloud, business analytics, and ERP deployments.


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In addition, IBM intends to offer an SAP HANA offering based on the new IBM Flex System X6 Compute Nodes. This new solution will be certified and tested specifically for SAP HANA and will enable customers to have an integrated infrastructure to run their SAP application environment5.

New solutions

  • IBM Flex System Solution for SAP Business Suite provides the capability to consolidate your key SAP database and application server workloads into a single managed environment that offers nearly 100 percent performance improvement for SAP Business Suite applications when compared to previous generation systems6

  • IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack is an easy to deploy and use cloud software offering based on the OpenStackTM community project with IBM enhancements. By running IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack on PureFlex System, IBM Flex System or System x servers, you get a self-service portal for workload provisioning, virtual image management, and monitoring to simplify your transition to a cloud-based, open standards infrastructure.

  • IBM PureFlex Solution for Parallels - MSP provides a low cost, quick to implement cloud management platform for managed service providers (MSPs) to deliver IaaS based services to their clients. The Parallels Business Automation Standard and Parallels Cloud Server virtualization platforms, combined with the expert integrated platform of IBM PureFlex System, delivers the competitive edge that MSPs need to amplify their presence in the cloud marketplace.

1Based on details on www.hp.com, www.dell.com and www.cisco.com as of March 31, 2014.

 

2 100 and 300 percent performance improvement is based on preliminary projected results of SPECint*_rate_base2006, SPECfp*_rate_base2006, plus performance gains from eXFlash DIMM storage. SPEC benchmark results will be available at www.spec.org after 5/13/14. 100 percent configuration: x480 X6 Compute Node using four Intel Xeon processor E7-4890 v2 vs. 4-socket server using four previous top-of-the-line E7-4870 (v1) processors. 300 percent configuration: x880 X6 Compute Node using eight Intel Xeon processor E7-4890 v2 vs. 4-socket server using four previous top-of-the-line E7-4870 (v1) processors. In addition, a performance increase is expected for the x280 X6 based on preliminary testing.

 

3Based on a comparison using the IBM Virtualization Sizing Guide method. The BladeCenter HX5 with two E7-2870 processors and 512 GB of memory (16 x 32GB DIMMs) supports 32 VMs for conservative consolidation and 133 VMs for aggressive consolidation. The Flex System x280 X6 supports 57 VMs for conservative consolidation and 148 VMs for aggressive consolidation using two E7-2890 v2 processors and 512 GB of memory (16 x 32GB DIMMs). Upgrading the x280 X6 to 1 TB yields 241 VMs for aggressive consolidation.

 

*64GB LRDIMM support in the 8-socket x880 X6 is planned for 2H/2014.

 

4 Based on a four-socket x480 X6 or eight-socket x880 X6 configuration with capability of supporting 32 Flash DIMM slots x 400 GB Flash DIMMs.

 

5IBM’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at IBM’s sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion.

 

6The claim of achieving 100 percent improvement in performance is based on results on the two-tier SAP SD standard application benchmark achieved by the IBM System x3850 X5 (4 processors / 40 cores) on the Intel Xeon Processor E7-8870. According to preliminary testing, the IBM Flex System X6 Compute Nodes will offer similar performance improvement. For more information, read the benchmark results (PDF, 105KB)

** IBM intends to offer eXFlash memory-channel storage for the new IBM Flex System X6 Compute Node Portfolio and the Flex System x240 Compute Node. This new offering will enable clients to increase database performance, realize higher levels of storage consolidation and scale virtualization on a single server. IBM’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at IBM’s sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion.

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