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IBM X6 servers and solutions - Innovation for business advantage

intel®inside XEONIn organisations in every industry, big data and analytics workloads deliver the actionable insight that enables business leaders to drive faster decision making. You need systems that you can deploy with confidence to run your mission-critical applications, decrease operating costs and support your cloud computing plans.

New IBM® X6 servers featuring exclusive IBM X-Architecture® innovations and Intel® Xeon® Processor E7 v2 families can help you meet these challenges with revolutionary levels of processor and storage performance, memory capacity and resiliency. The IBM X6 server portfolio includes the IBM System x3850 X6 and IBM System x3950 X6 rack-mount servers, and a planned IBM Flex System x880 X6 Compute Node.1


  • IBM X6 webcast

    Join IBM and Intel as they share more details about IBM X6 scalable servers.

  • X6

    IBM X6: Fast. Agile. Resilient.

    Watch this whiteboard animation to get a quick overview about IBM X6.

  • IBM X6 executive overview

    VP and Business Line Executive, Alex Yost, describes the journey that led to the announcement of X6.

  • About Intel and IBM X6

    Shannon Poulin of Intel details a history of joint innovation that has consistently delivered best-in-class data centre infrastructure.

X6 servers are fast, agile and resilient

  • Fast

    Offering extraordinary performance for big data, analytics, cloud computing, database and ERP workloads, X6 servers can provide:

  • Agile

    As your business changes and grows, the ability to address evolving data centre needs with systems that provide easy to deploy solutions today and flexibility for tomorrow is critical. X6 servers offer long-term flexibility with a modular design that supports processor and memory technology upgrades to the next generation as workload demands change–eliminating “rip and replacement”.6 These capabilities can reduce acquisition costs by up to 28%.7

  • Resilient

    X6 servers can help extend the advantages of cloud computing to mission-critical applications. Self-healing processor, I/O and memory features can improve availability by proactively identifying potential failures and taking action to correct them. New IBM Upward Integration Modules (UIMs) provide unprecedented hardware visibility to the hypervisor for superior system and VM management.

X6 server solutions

Drive business advantage with proven solutions optimised to deliver fast application performance, easy scalability and maximum availability.

1 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.

2 100% performance improvement is based on preliminary results of SPECint*_rate_base2006, SPECfp*_rate _base2006, and TPC-E benchmarks, plus performance gains from eXFlash DIMM storage. SPEC and TPC benchmark results will be available at www.spec.org and www.tpc.org, respectively, after 2/18/14. Configurations: 4-socket x3850 X6 server using Intel Xeon processor E7-4890 v2 vs. 4-socket server using the previous top-of-the-line E7-4870 (v1).

3 6TB maximum memory vs. 2TB or less for previous-generation competitive 4-socket servers.

4 x3850 X6 without eXFlash DIMMs can support up to 25.6TB of Flash storage using 16 x eXFlash 1.8” 400GB SSDs and 8 x 2.4TB MLC Duo Adapters. An x3850 X6 with eXFlash DIMMs can support up to an additional 12.8TB Flash storage leveraging 32 x 400GB eXFlash DIMMs for a total of 38.4TB) of flash storage in the server.

5 Laboratory testing shows eXFlash DIMMs can deliver 3 times lower latency (<5 microsecond) than PCIe based flash (15-19us).

6 When a newer generation of processor and memory technology becomes available, Compute Books can be replaced with newer ones. (All Compute Books must use matching technology.)

7 Up to 28% savings in acquisition cost is based on a comparison of an x3850 X6 (using the modular design) vs. a traditional rack design with no modularity. Based on projected Q1 2014 pricing of x3850 X6 configuration with 2 Compute Books, Storage Book with 1.2TB SAS, dual 1400W power supplies, 10GbE SFP+ networking, and no optional I/O Books.


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