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IBM PureSystems Technology Lowers IT Management Requirements

By Vangie Beal (Send Email)
Posted April 11, 2012


IBM (NYSE:IBM) has announced a new family of expert integrated systems, calling its PureSystems technology "a major step forward in a new, simpler era of computing."

According to IBM, its expert integrated systems family (PureSystems) is the result of $2 billion in R&D and acquisitions over four years – a move by IBM to integrate all physical and virtual IT elements.

"More than 600 companies around the world announced support for IBM's new family of expert integrated computing systems designed to radically simplify enterprise computing by making it easier, more secure and less expensive to own and maintain," said IBM in a prepared statement.

A New Pill for IT Headaches

Featuring a new scale-in design, PureSystems integrates and optimizes all of the critical components required in today’s data center – including system networking, storage and compute, management – and provides for a single-view management system.

The new PureSystems family offers an alternative to today's enterprise computing model, where multiple and disparate systems require significant resources to set up and maintain.

As shown in the IBM PureSystems Infographic, the systems are designed to help organizations overcome some of the typical "IT headaches" such as the need to spend 70 percent or more of IT budgets on simple operations and maintenance.

IBM PureSystems

Three Steps to a New Era of Computing Technology

With the introduction of the new PureSystems family, IBM is unveiling three major advances that point to a new era of computing technology. A new era, that according to IBM "is designed to allow businesses to slash the high costs and nagging complexity associated with managing information technology."

Scale-in Design

IBM is introducing a new concept in system design that integrates the server, storage, and networking into a highly automated, simple-to-manage machine. "Scale-in design" provides for increased density – PureSystems can handle twice as many applications compared to some IBM systems, doubling the computing power per square foot of data center space.

"With its new scale-in design and built-in expertise, PureSystems represents an important advance in the evolution of computing," said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive, software and systems, IBM. "By tightening the connections between hardware and software, and adding incomparable software know-how, PureSystems is designed to help clients to free up time and money to focus on innovation that many businesses cannot address due to ever rising costs and staffing needs in the traditional data center."

Patterns of Expertise

Unique to IBM PureSystems is a new software capability called Patterns of Expertise. Patterns combine operational know-how and industry expertise directly into the system to automate a variety of common IT and industry tasks and can cut the time and resources needed for basic and complex tasks. For example, a customer relationship management program that used to take three days to deploy can now be deployed in under one hour. 

These develop-once-run-anywhere repeatable software patterns are based on insights from thousands of client engagements by IBM and its Business Partners. More than 150 Patterns of Expertise have been developed and optimized for IBM PureSystems by more than 125 of the world’s leading ISVs.

Cloud-Ready integration

Out of the box, all PureSystems family members are built for the cloud, enabling corporations to quickly create private, self-service cloud offerings that can scale up and down automatically.

With PureSystems, IBM says it completely integrates all of the technology components needed to stand up a private cloud system. By combining the virtualized servers, storage and networking found in PureSystems with cloud management software, IT organizations have a ready-to-go private cloud environment that can be expanded. The PureSystems cloud is delivered with built-in security, with no single point of failure.

To significantly accelerate the use of the cloud, IBM has included a cloud self-service and provisioning interface directly into PureSystems. An application developer, for example, can use the self-service feature to configure a cloud environment application without any help from the IT department. PureSystems will sense and respond to the needs of the running applications and services and make decisions on how best to deploy IT resources while ensuring maximum efficiency, performance, and control.

PureSystems integrates the same foundational technologies and software used in IBM’s public SmartCloud Services offerings. As a result, by sharing common capabilities and interfaces, application developers can use IBM SmartCloud Services to create and test new applications.

IBM said the first two models of the PureSystems family (PureFlex System and PureApplication System) will start shipping to customers this quarter. PureSystems support POWER processors and Intel processors.

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