Alongside IBM's recent updates to storage and management of PureSystems, IBM revealed a sales figure and a trend. The sales? IBM says it has so far shipped more than 1,000 PureFlex and Flex Systems to customers in more than 40 countries around the world.
If IBM calls out shipments and/or sales in its next quarterly financial report, it might be a little clearer as to how well PureSystems, etc, are performing overall alongside IBM's other server solutions.
Meanwhile, the trend: IBM reports that IDC research finds that one of the main challenges IT organizations face today is around the deployment, management, and administration of servers -- which are consuming a larger portion of the overall IT budget and consequently leaving fewer resources to spend on new projects.
Sixteen years ago, the bulk of IT budgets was spent on hardware, with less than 30 percent on management and administration. By 2013, IBM reports, that relationship will have flipped so that management will consume nearly 70 percent of all expenditures.
“Clients are telling us that when they look to upgrade the legacy servers and storage that constitute their current IT infrastructures they don’t want to spend too much time and effort tuning and managing the new systems,” notes Andrew Monshaw, general manager of IBM PureFlex. “These are the companies that are turning to PureSystems to reduce their costs and increase their datacenter utilization.”