Prepare for a payoff in IT’s new frontier in cloud
When IBM announced PureFlex and Flex system in 2012 it coincided, with the knee on the adoption curve for cloud, ready for a steep takeoff. Both cloud and these new expert integrated systems are steeped with capabilities intended to transform how IT is done – with new levels of efficiencies and cost reductions. Many IBM clients who are familiar with the legendary IBM BladeCenter servers will see IBM PureFlex and Flex System as the seamless next generation of ecofriendly IT. These blade based platforms supply datacenters everywhere with denser footprints of compute, storage and networking resources, simplify management, lower energy and floor space needs while dramatically increasing performance and resource utilization. For more than a decade, blade servers have earned a mark of respect and while that seems to have been a “blink of an eye”, the journey now continues under a new banner: welcome PureFlex and Flex System. These new systems are an erstwhile and worthy next generation, with every pedigree of its former self designed as a perfect companion for cloud. IBM, well done!
When surveying the ambitious opportunities that cloud presents, I am reminded of my chance encounter with a true legend, and of what can be accomplished by carefully selecting the right team. Sir Edmund Hillary was able to rise above insurmountable odds to be the first to climb Mt. Everest, but he did not do it alone. I was fortunate to meet the expert he depended on to make that endeavor a success. It was made that much more possible by a diminutive and most humble man, measure by height, yet an extremely capable and dependable giant – of heart and soul, named Tenzing Norgay. As luck would have it, he was there when I visited the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) in Darjeeling many years ago.
It is evident to me that success often becomes much more assured by bringing intrinsic knowledge and expertise to bear. When you need speed of execution, reduced risk and an established path to the end goal, a team can make the difference. This is what IBM PureFlex and Flex System brings to IT, making success possible if not inevitable and ensuring your investment pays measurable dividends with the amazing capabilities that cloud technology has to offer.
If you ever doubted it, cloud is here to stay! All around the technoverse momentum is growing and installations are multiplying, and why not? The cloud concept makes eminent sense in light of new social media enabled devices like smartphones and tablets and the transformative insights and potential that they carry within a cloud context. Data access from anywhere, dramatic insights at your fingertips – all make for the potential for huge competitive business advantage – if you are ready for it. On the front end, slim and light personal devices rely on thoroughly robust systems on the back-end. These mobile devices need not be tied to any physical location but expect and depend on reliability, power and unfailing access to servers and data that feed them. Welcome to Access-Anytime-Anywhere! Are you ready?
The PureFlex and Flex System Advantage to Cloud
According to IDC, PureFlex System provides more than a 33% faster deployment time advantage because of the standardized small, medium, large configurations offered. On the other hand, like a train heading to the same destination but on the scenic route, the companion product, IBM Flex System allows choices of storage, networking and other components to provide seamless integration within existing IT environments. This usually requires additional setup time for the very first deployment, after which the configuration pattern can be exploited for easy future cloning.
There has been a constant stream of refinements and improvements made to the technology since it was first announced. Management simplicity is clearly one of the hallmarks which can contribute to improved IT staff productivity. Overall, IDC projects that with the lower facilities costs, and reduced IT hardware spending, cost of operations was lowered by 37%. Single point management with IBM Flex System Manager (FSM) becomes more powerful yet – with more than 5000 end points being managed by a single FSM in a sixteen chassis domain. Amazing!
A Symphony of Systems
It’s been said the quality of ‘genius’ is to simplify the complex. Simply think of PureSystems as a trio of technologies akin to a finely-tuned orchestra: inspired by a lineage of proven technologies; competently conducted throughout its lifecycle by the Flex System Manager; and brought to a crescendo level of real-world reliability by IBM PureFlex.
PureFlex is a finely tuned instrument–in fact, you might say ‘auto-tuned.’ It’s engineered for robust, reliable service; delivers top-in-class performance; and provides simplicity of management for continuing ROI. The concept of “no-gap” engineering means that your IT staff need not sift through the crisis of system disruptions, scrambling to identify the missing link. So what’s your problem: Software? Drivers? Hardware? Cables? A hodge-podge of components?
No more! All aspects of compute, storage, networking, infrastructure and management have been rigorously tested as the complete PureFlex solution. Explore the PureFlex cloud with a library of “reference architectures,” readily available on-line. Business partners can access these and a host of resources at IBM’s PartnerWorld link. Simply look at the back of the rack to see the difference.
Just as an example of the constant drumbeat of new capabilities the new IBM Flex System x222 Compute Node doubles the number of servers in each chassis slot expanding the total number of compute servers managed by a single Flex System Manager to 224! The x222 is a high-density dual-server offering designed for consolidation with density; perfect for cloud deployments. Now, up to 28 servers can be housed in a single 10U Flex System Enterprise Chassis.
Remember, IBM cloud technologies maximize client services by elastically utilizing and then releasing resources. PureFlex gracefully scales, adding more power to the pool as points of expansion are reached. Elasticity and scalability work in concert to keep your datacenter in step with your clients–a lean, mean cloud machine that maximizes efficiency on demand.
Be sure to tune into Smarter Computing’s webcast on October 8 at 11 am ET, where PureFlex General Manager Andrew Sotiropoulos will be making some exciting cloud announcements.
Innovative companies continue to look for ways to deliver business value by accelerating time to market, improving application performance, and reducing the staff time needed for many routine ongoing management and support activities. Learn how you can do that and more in this Integrated Systems Analyst Paper from the IDC.