IBM Unveils Big Data, Cloud Enhancements Throughout Systems Portfolio

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IBM has announced enhancements across its systems portfolio that is designed to help organisations adopt cloud computing as they build toward Software Defined Environments (SDE).


Enhancements to IBM’s Smarter Storage line of Flash, disk and tape systems give clients faster access to business critical information and Big Data insights. New High Performance Computing solutions bring HPC capabilities to mainstream servers to help more clients crunch their ever-mounting volumes of data faster.

New capabilities added to the IBM PureSystems family expert integrated systems are designed to help clients reduce the security risks often faced when deploying cloud solutions, as well as enable quick recovery and restoration after disasters. A new mobile solution based on IBM Worklight server on PureSystems for both Power and x86 was created to accelerate clients’ access to millions of mobile users by allowing mobile applications to be deployed in as little as 30 minutes.

“Cloud computing and Big Data analytics are playing key roles in helping organisations lower operating expenses, improve efficiencies, and increase productivity,” said Ajay Mittal, Director, Systems & Technology Group, IBM India/ South Asia. “But they’re also enabling greater and faster access to business insights, which is fundamentally transforming the ways in which organisations, public and private, are interacting with, learning from, and supporting their customers.”

In addition to rolling out its new IBM FlashSystem family of all-Flash appliances, the company announced enhancements to its storage portfolio that will help more clients achieve faster and continuous access to business-critical information. 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.

IBM rolled out nine new Power Systems offerings, each providing advanced capabilities in Big Data analytics and cloud computing.

Five packaged solutions for the healthcare and retail industries represent the latest in a series of new industry-themed solutions that combine IBM Power Systems with specialised software to meet big data and analytics needs unique to specific industries. For healthcare, the new solutions are designed to improve patient care and experience, reduce healthcare costs and maximise health resource utilisation; while the retail solution is geared toward helping retailers provide customers with more personalised shopping experiences.

Three additional solutions provide organisations in any industry sector with advanced computing capabilities including predictive analytics, scoring and optimisation techniques, as well as turnkey cloud offerings that support “pay-per-use” business models or fit-for-purpose private cloud infrastructures. Built on 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, this special solution edition includes a no-charge IBM i 7.1 processor license and three service vouchers.

As part of this announcement, IBM is adding new solutions for cloud, mobile, social and analytics that will build on the strong global momentum of PureSystems. The new offerings include IBM PureFlex Solution for Cloud Backup and Recovery, IBM Mobile Application Platform Pattern and IBM Connections Pattern.

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