"The Citrix family of products and services centralize, virtualize and minimize the complexity of traditional computing – significantly reducing costs, improving information security, mobilizing people, and delivering enterprise agility. With their new eX5 platforms IBM is helping customers to reduce operational cost, increase flexibility, simplify deployment and provide users with what they need when they need it. We share these values with IBM since Citrix XenDesktop is a desktop virtualization solution that delivers a complete desktop experience as an on demand service to any user, anywhere and Citrix XenServer™ is the only enterprise-class, cloud-proven server virtualization platform that delivers the critical features of live migration and centralized multi-server management at no cost. Combining either or both of our virtualization solutions with the new eX5 generation of products and its expanded memory capacity will really enhance the value we can provide to our customers."
Sumit Dhawan, Vice President Product Marketing, XenDesktop
"Today's eX5 announcement delivers substantial improvements in memory capacity through the MAX5 implementation, storage flexibility, virtualization, and system reliability -- enabling never-before-seen workload optimization and scalability on an x86 platform."
Alan Ganek, Chief Technology Officer and
Vice President IBM SWG Strategy and Technology
IBM Software Group
"The IBM Information Management team is excited about the new eX5 systems because they represent a leap forward in x86 server design for both rack and blade configurations. This breakthrough technology delivers improvements in scalability, memory capacity, storage flexibility, and system reliability that together result in lower costs for our clients. We will absolutely take advantage of the unique eX5 technologies, such as MAX5 and eXFlash, and marry them with our software innovations to deliver workload optimized systems for both database and analytic workloads - where memory and storage performance is critical."
Salvatore Vella, Vice President, Development,
Distributed Data Servers and Data Warehousing
Information Management Software, IBM Software Group
Arvind Krishna, IBM General Manager of Information Management Software discusses eX5 technology and how it is optimized for IBM Software Group products.
1 average on current platforms levering Domino Attachment Object Store and compression. Combining IBM's new eX5 servers with Lotus collaboration products or WebSphere Portal provides a winning combination where clients can now further consolidate their workloads and provide an even lower cost of ownership.Lotus clients have a lot to be excited about with the new IBM eX5 announcement. Lotus collaboration software running on IBM System x and BladeCenter servers already beats the competition. Optimized scalability and eXFlash solid-state disks on the new IBM eX5 systems reduce disk footprint far more than the 40-60%
Alistair Rennie, General Manager
Lotus Software and WebSphere Portal
IBM Software Group
"With IBM System x delivering very large amounts of physical memory with the eX5 servers, Windows Server 2008 R2 is ready to make that memory available to our mutual customers."
Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President
Bill Laing, Corporate VP at Microsoft talks about eX5 technology and how IBM and Microsoft work together to satisfy customers.
"Novell's mission is to help customers reduce cost, manage complexity and mitigate risk. With SUSE Linux Enterprise and IBM's eX5 technology, customers can achieve this vision."
Justin Steinman, Vice President
of Solution and Product Marketing
Justin Steinman, VP of Solution and Product Marketing at Novell discusses SUSE Linux Enterprise on eX5 systems.
"We believe that IBM's new eX5 hardware platform provides truly remarkable levels of both flexibility, in terms of processor count, speed and memory size, and availability features in standard rack-mount footprint. Recent optimizations to both Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization unleash this computing capacity, offering seamless application compatibility as well as ease of deployment. This combination of Red Hat and IBM technologies provides the foundation for many of the world's Fortune 500 companies' mission-critical infrastructures, enabling these enterprises to carve out costs, address security concerns and integrate infrastructures to meet today's business and technical demands."
Tim Burke, Vice President, Enterprise Linux Strategy
Tim Burke, VP of Enterprise Linux Engineering, talks about Red Hat Enterprise Linux on eX5 systems.
"IBM System x and BladeCenter Servers with eX5 Technology provides an innovative and reliable platform with scalability, high availability and disaster recovery capabilities enabling SAP customers to improve total cost of ownership."
Mike Ellis, SAP AG Senior Vice President
Mike Ellis, VP of the IBM Alliance at SAP talks about eX5 technology and IBM's and SAP’s long history of collaboration for customers.
"Providing utilities with wireless equipment and management software for Smart Grid communication networks that improve energy efficiency, lower operating costs, and integrate renewable energy resources is the goal of Trilliant. IBM shares that vision of a smarter planet. Our goal is to provide the best performance and cost effective Smart Grid solution available. The eX5 benefits including large memory, scalability, low cost, and simplified deployments help us achieve our goal and is why Trilliant will leverage eX5 as a cornerstone of our solutions. Implementing on eX5 continues the rich history of collaboration between IBM and Trilliant and truly delivers the highest performance and most cost effective Smart Grid systems available today."
Eric Miller, Senior Vice President of Solutions,
"Ultimately the joint goal of VMware vSphere and the IBM eX5 is to squeeze the most out of the investment that our customers are making. The more applications that you can fit into your virtualized environment the greater the reduction in cost and the reduction in downtime that you are able to achieve. The eX5 continues the rich history of collaboration between IBM and VMware and it really is delivering on our shared goals of simplified deployment for your IT environment, lower capital costs, and also lower operational costs."
Stephen Herrod, Chief Technology Officer and
Senior Vice President of Research and Development
Stephen Herrod, CTO of VMware, discusses eX5 technology and its impact on virtualization.