August 2013 announcement
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 virtualize than previous systems. A game changer.
Businesses around the world have a huge opportunity to move forward – beyond blades – to enable a transformation of the data center that brings together not only servers and networking, but storage as well, all under integrated management – with IBM Flex System.
Now IBM Flex System offers more choice and capability – with new POWER-based compute nodes, a new high density x86 compute node, new networking options and increased management scalability and capability.
The new POWER-based compute nodes offer a range of capabilities from entry systems to POWER 7+ based systems for the most demanding capacity and growth requirements.
The new IBM Flex System x222 compute node is designed to support high density compute requirements such as desktop virtualization, cloud based workloads and consolidation projects.
New networking options include a System Interconnect Module designed to simplify chassis networking by aggregating networking ports thereby lowering cost and simplifying management. In addition, the new 40Gb switch and software defined networking - including support for OpenFlow - offer clients even more choice in IBM Flex System network infrastructure.
New features in IBM Flex System Manager offer increased scalability and improvements in storage and virtualization management.