IBM has announced nine new Power System servers built for specific industries like healthcare and retail.
IBM has unleashed a flurry of Pure and Power Systems solutions this week at its Edge2013
cloud and data-focused conference in Las Vegas. Here's a rundown of the most significant announcements:
New Power Systems for Industry
IBM rolled out nine, count them, nine new Power Systems offerings designed to simplify "Big Data" analytics and cloud computing.
Five of the new systems are packaged solutions for the healthcare
industries and are part of IBM's new industry-themed solutions
that combine IBM Power Systems with specialized software. For healthcare, the new solutions are designed to improve patient care and experience, reduce healthcare costs, and maximize health resource utilization. The retail solution is geared toward helping retailers provide customers with more personalized shopping experiences.
Three additional solutions provide organizations in any industry sector with advanced computing capabilities including predictive analytics, scoring and optimization techniques, as well as turnkey cloud offerings that support "pay-per-use" business models or fit-for-purpose private cloud infrastructures. Built on what IBM is now touting as Power Systems' "open platform for choice
," both cloud solutions manage industry-standard Linux, AIX, and IBM i operating system environments.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the IBM i operating system, IBM introduced the IBM i 25th Anniversary Edition
. Available on either a Power 720 or Power 740 server and includes a no-charge IBM i 7.1 processor license and three service vouchers.
PureFlex, Cloud, and Big Data
IBM has been generating plenty of PureSystems love lately, too: IBM reports that more than 4,000 PureSystems have shipped to customers in more than 90 countries, "with wide adoption in key growth markets and by Managed Service Providers (MSPs) who are building cloud datacenters with PureFlex at their core."
The latest solutions include:
- IBM PureFlex Solution for Cloud Backup and Recovery - This new solution incorporates specialized patterns based on Tivoli Storage Manager, Microsoft Hyper-V, and the SAP Business Suite to help clients reduce the security risks they often face when deploying cloud solutions. In the event of a site disaster, data can be restored to operating status in minutes and most applications will be able to recover to operation in minutes.
- The IBM Mobile Application Platform Pattern - A mobile solution based on IBM Worklight server on PureSystems for both Power and x86 that can accelerate client access to millions of mobile users by allowing new mobile solutions to be deployed in as little as 30-40 minutes.
- IBM Connections Pattern - lets clients deploy their social business platform on IBM PureSystems.
In addition to rolling out its new IBM FlashSystem
family of all-Flash appliances, IBM also enhanced its storage portfolio. For example, IBM added support for 4TB drives to its Storwize V7000
and XIV storage systems for 33 percent more capacity in the same space, and added new capabilities to XIV that let clients send large volumes of data between systems through the cloud without performance degradation.
IBM also enhanced its Easy Tier technology, which automatically moves data to the most effective storage tier in a storage system for faster performance and greater efficiency. The new Easy Tier Server function helps boost performance even further by caching the “hottest,” most-frequently accessed data to the EXP30 Ultra SSD I/O Drawer on IBM Power Systems. When these servers are used in conjunction with the IBM DS8870 Storage System
, the new Easy Tier Server capabilities can help boost storage performance by up to five times.
Other updates to the storage line include:
- IBM Linear Tape File System Enterprise Edition is based on LTFS Library Edition, but lets clients use tape storage as a separate tier for greater management and access. The system is a cost-effective and easy-to-deploy data solution that’s ideal for Web 2.0 applications. It is integrated with the IBM GPFS file system and can help lower storage and archive costs up to 90 percent.
- IBM FlashSystem series, now available, was announced in April. The series of all-Flash appliances has been enhanced to deliver less than 1/10 the cost per transaction while using 4 percent of the energy and 2 percent of the space compared to hybrid disk and flash systems.
Tivoli Storage Manager Dashboard
IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager
(TSM) Operations Center provides a new and intuitive management dashboard that lets clients manage more backups with less complexity. The health of data protection environments can be assessed at a glance, combining thousands of data points into an intuitive dashboard screen. Based on a combination of analytics, workflow automation, and advanced visualization, the new software also offers, improved scalability with consolidated back up and recovery capabilities that manage thousands of backups at multiple sites. It also has the ability to monitor systems with any browser-enabled device.
In addition, IBM notes, to help find and resolve backup issues faster, a centralized view of backup problems can be seen across multiple TSM servers. Essential problem information is also highlighted, eliminating diagnostic steps. By showing alerts in context, users can better understand the impact on service levels and data loss to take appropriate action, IBM reports.