Why IBM PureSystems and what is IBM trying to do with this thing?


I talk to a lot of customers explaining what IBM PureSystems is and about the problems that IBM thinks they are going to solve.

IBM commissioned a study from Forrester Consulting asking where IT Time and Budgets are going, and what the challenges are with shipping a project on time. It’s an important problem because about one third of all IT projects ship late and usually over budget.

Looking over this graphic, on the left side, PureSystems can accelerate Specify/Design, Procure, Implement, Configure/test, Clustering, Tuning and Systems Management. All deployed as part of the initial PureSystems deployment. And taking the low end of the ranges of those categories you come away with about 84 percent of an IT project’s time and budget are areas the PureSystems family could address.

Specify/design – With PureFlex, you choose from standard, but still flexible configurations, like Express, Standard and Enterprise editions. The design work was done by IBM’s engineers and provides you with an integrated and tested infrastructure without having to custom build everything.

Procure- PureSystems’ infrastructure is delivered as a single solution stack from a single vendor. This should mean less hassle getting the right infrastructure configuration put together and no expensive mistakes or delays because some small but important component was not included, or configured incorrectly.

Implement – Yes, you really can deploy applications in just four hours from when it rolls into the data center.

Configure/test – There are lots of ways to save money on duplicating your test and development environments. Plus, for most customers, moving from test to production should be much easier.

Cluster/HA – There are some functions in the PureSystems and the way it’s architected that can make cluster and HA solutions easier to deploy, test and maintain.

Backup – I see a lot of questions from customers about how you back this up. The simple answer is, pretty much like you back things up today.  There are some considerations, but you don’t have to re-invent what you’re doing today.

Tune – With PureSystems, you get some clarity for most of the hardware platform’s performance metrics, disk, memory, CPU and networking. These tools will help with ad hoc style reporting, but don’t really have a long enough history (currently, it goes back 30 days) to do longer term trending analysis. You can use the available tools to create your own archive.

Management – This is where PureSystems really shines. The IT industry has spent a lot of time and resources focused on accelerating implementation times, and deployment tools have improved. But, ongoing IT operations tasks are where there is room for improvement. PureFlex includes a Flex System Manager (FSM), which is a compute node dedicated to systems management. Since the nodes, networking, storage, and all other system components are configured to be managed by the FSM at the factory, the entire platform delivers much more functionality than traditional IT environments from the very beginning.

I have a lot of ideas for where to go next, so help me out here. Of these areas, where do you want more detail? What has you looking at PureSystems? Is positioning an issue for you? Do you have a specific question that you’re having a hard time getting an answer?


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About Eric Collins

Eric Collins is with Enterprise Sales at Sirius Computer Solutions - Technical evangelist to Fortune 500, large transaction technical sales especially for High Performance Compute (HPC) clusters, storage, virtualization and cloud computing initiatives. I am the best there is at communicating technically complex ideas so that customers "get" IT. Specialties: Server architectures, IBM Power, x86, Intel, storage area network (SAN), high performance computing, cloud computing architect, virtualization, business computing for competitive gain, fortune 500, international customers, complex opportunities, team work, system management.