IBM is unrolling a series of PureSystems-focused solutions and enhancements designed to help drive cloud solutions into all sizes of businesses around the world. The company has announced new entry-level and high-end PureApplication Systems, newly expanded software patterns, Managed Service Provider (MSP) editions for PureFlex System and Flex Systems, as well as a new SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure offering.
New PureApplication Systems with POWER7+, as well as MSP Editions for PureFlex
IBM is unrolling a series of PureSystems-focused solutions and enhancements designed to help drive cloud solutions into all sizes of businesses around the world.
"We are bringing a lot out across the PureSystems family, and to step back and frame it, we're really enhancing our cloud and big data capabilities and extending that to new segments in the marketplace," Peter McCaffrey, director of marketing for IBM PureSystems, told POWER IT Pro.
Here's the core announcements from IBM:
Smaller PureApplication System
This new “mini” model offers organizations with limited budgets and resources a “cloud in a box,” IBM says. It provides all of the infrastructure and management software necessary to develop and deploy new applications in the cloud or on-premise, while helping to remove complex, time- and labor-intensive processes. With smaller configurations, IBM says this model opens up new opportunities for MSPs and within growth markets without sacrificing performance.
PureApplication System on POWER7+
This system provides larger enterprises, particularly those in financial services and insurance, the ability to better manage and maintain compute and transaction-intensive applications across environments, including the cloud, where up-time and performance are mission critical. In growth markets where large enterprises are already running many high performance applications on Power systems, this new offering helps them get to the cloud quickly and run those applications more efficiently, IBM says.
Expanded Software Patterns Catalogue
Accessible through the PureSystems Centre, patterns are designed to automate software management by reducing the time it takes to install, manage, and maintain applications. In addition to third-party ISV patterns, new patterns for IBM software include those for mobile application management, application integration, asset management, and social business, including IBM Web Experience Patterns for WebSphere Portal Server and Web Content Manager, IBM Connections Hypervisor Edition, and IBM Mixed Language Application Modernization Pattern.
Managed Service Provider Editions for PureFlex System and Flex Systems
IBM has created “MSP Editions” for IBM PureFlex System and IBM Flex Systems that provide an accelerated cloud deployment platform that is faster to implement, easier to manage, and more cost effective than the MSP having to build the platform themselves, helping them to cut operating expenses, such as systems administration and setup. As part of the MSP Editions -- and only available to MSPs that are registered IBM Business Partners -- IBM is offering pricing and finance options that are designed to match the cash flow considerations and investment priorities of MSPs.
"A lot of MSPs are focused on infrastructure services ranging from help desk, patch management, DR, virtual desktop," McCaffrey explains. "In addition to these configurations, we're enhancing our overall program around managed service providers to offer more flexible pricing options, more pay-as-you-go approaches with lower entry points to get started."
SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure
IBM is also announcing a new SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure offering for IBM PureFlex System and Flex Systems. This new offering will enhance the overall quality and reliability of virtual desktops and it's designed to let IT managers more easily manage, secure, and deploy virtual desktop solutions.
According to IBM, PureApplication System also continues to gain momentum with the independent software vendor (ISV) community. IBM reports that it works with 275 ISVs to offer more than 325 applications across 21 industries that are validated "Ready for PureSystems."
"IBM PureApplication System with the POWER7+ architecture offers a greater level of stability and flexibility for our shared customers. Most importantly, we expect to offer an even lower cost of ownership to our customers by optimizing the Manhattan Supply Chain Process Platform with the IBM PureApplication System," notes David Landau, vice president product management for Manhattan Associates.