More than 70 percent of IT budgets are spent on operations and maintenance.3 System administrators face extraordinary demands as they plan IT infrastructures. They also need to deploy assets to meet current needs and optimise them for maximum performance. More and more organisations are virtualising their IT environments and administrators face the daunting task of monitoring a complex infrastructure and fixing problems as they arise. These tasks may be complicated by multiple, non-integrated tools that offer limited automation and the explosion of data that is stressing limited resources – budget, people, power, storage capacity and floor space.
To meet today’s complex and ever-changing business demands, you need a solid base of compute, storage, networking and software resources that is simple to deploy and can quickly and automatically adapt to changing conditions.
1 IBM laboratory measurements – April 2012.
2 IBM laboratory measurements – August 2010.
3 National Analysts, “IBM Market Intelligence Time to Value Study,” November 2011.
|Integrated management with IBM Flex System Manager|
|IBM Easy Tier|
|IBM Real-time Compression|
|Metro Mirror and Global Mirror|
* IBM laboratory measurements – April 2012.
|Host interface||SAN-attached 8 gigabits per second (Gbps) Fibre Channel (FC), 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) FCoE and iSCSI host connectivity|
|Cache per controller/control enclosure/clustered system||8 gigabytes (GB)/16 GB/64 GB|
|Supported drives||2.5-inch disk drives|
|Maximum drives supported||240 per control enclosure; 960 per clustered system|
|Chassis support||IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis|
|Management software||IBM Flex System Manager|
|Advanced features included with each system||Easy Tier, IBM FlashCopy, internal virtualisation and thin provisioning, data migration, system clustering|
|Optional features||Remote mirroring (over FC, FCoE and IP), Real-time Compression, external virtualisation|