New IBM Flex System X6 Compute Node
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Drive cost-efficient performance for cloud and big data workloads

 

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 environment.5.

So whether your organization needs to host enterprise-critical applications, implement large virtual machines or run in-memory databases, take a closer look at the innovative IBM Flex System X6 Compute Nodes—designed to deliver improved speed, agility and resiliency—and built to help you tackle your biggest business challenges cost-effectively.

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1 Based 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.
3 Based 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.
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.
5 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.
6 Based on SPEC published benchmarks at www.spec.org.
7 Based on findings in IDC study "IBM PureFlex System Ready for Cloud" published in July 2013. http://public.dhe.ibm.com/common/ssi/ecm/en/wal12380usen/WAL12380USEN.PDF (PDF, 377KB).
8 Based on findings in IDC study "IBM PureFlex System Ready for Cloud" published in July 2013. http://public.dhe.ibm.com/common/ssi/ecm/en/wal12380usen/WAL12380USEN.PDF (PDF, 377KB).
* 64GB LRDIMM support in the 8-socket x880 X6 is planned for 2H/2014.
** 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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