Top Blog Post of 2012 Countdown: IBM PureFlex System offers you the privilege of configuring a real customized chassis

Up next in our top blog posts of 2012 comes from Rush Lu, and in this post he walks the reader through the PureFlex System offerings. This post originally appeared on the Expert Integrated Systems blog on June 5, 2012

IBM PureFlex System is not only an integrated IT infrastructure solution but also a platform on which the user can deploy various combinations of storage, networking devices, and compute nodes in accordance with the changing business needs. The 10U enterprise chassis can hold up to fourteen horizontally installed half-wide devices; seven full-wide devices with shelves removed, or three full-wide double-high devices with the shelves removed. What I want to do in this article is to walk you through the diversity of our offerings from which you can choose to customize your own configuration.

For compute nodes, the two major categories are the x86 based (Intel) platform and IBM POWER.

The offerings are as follows:

  • IBM PureFlex System x240 (half-wide, x86): Two Intel Xeon E5-2600 processors, 24 DIMMs, two hot-swap drives, two PCI Express I/O adapter cards, and an option for two internal USB connectors

  • IBM PureFlex System p260 (half-wide, Power): Two POWER7 processor sockets,16 memory slots, two I/O adapter slots, and an option for up to two internal drives for local storage

  • IBM PureFlex System p24L (half-wide, Power): Two POWER7 processor sockets,16 memory slots, two I/O adapter slots, and an option for up to two internal drives for local storage (The IBM PureFlex System p24L Compute Node is optimized for lower-cost Linux installations.

  • IBM PureFlex System p460 (full-wide, Power): Four POWER7 processor sockets, 32 memory slots, four I/O adapter slots, and an option for up to two internal drives for local storage

In our 2012 plan, there is a full-wide double-high storage system derived from IBM Storwize V7000 storage system to fit into this IBM PureFlex System chassis. In addition to all features of Storwize V7000, the storage system has functions such as automatic discovery, inventory, pooling, zoning, and clustering . IBM PureFlex System is compatible with various external storage systems such as IBM Storwize V7000, IBM XIV Storage System series, IBM System Storage DS8000 series, IBM System Storage DS5000 series, IBM System Storage DS3000 series, IBM System Storage N series, IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library, IBM System Storage TS3310 series, and IBM System Storage TS3100 Tape Library. For detailed product information about storage, go to:

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/storage/?lnk=mhpr

With the variety of IBM PureFlex System standardized devices (compute nodes, storage systems, switches, network adapters), chassis and system customization is just like playing with building blocks. Small-business companies, which might only need several computing nodes, and storage of several terabytes in size can easily put these “building blocks” into one chassis. However, there has been always concern about the power efficiency when small-business companies are configuring their own chassis based on integrated solutions such as BladeCenter S and those of our competitors, especially when the chassis is not fully configured because they do not need that many nodes. IBM PureFlex System’s cooling system can automatically match the number of fans to the number of nodes and the workload on them in order to minimize the unnecessary power consumption for cooling. So, do not worry about it.

Enjoy playing with the IBM PureFlex System!

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About Rush Lu

Rush Lu is currently the Technical Leader of IBM Asia Pacific System x and BladeCenter Level 2 (Postsales) support team located in Shenzhen, China. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering and Automation, and had several years experience in robot design and embeded systems. He has worked for IBM for four years (one year in the US and three years in China) and has always been passionate about learning new technologies. Rush's primary support scope is high performance and high volume products; his secondary role is to support BladeCenter issues. He has been a key technical resource for resolving RCCB (one of IBM's VIP customer in China) Power blade issues. You can reach Rush at: rushlu@cn.ibm.com
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