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IBM Unveils Big Data, Cloud Enhancements Throughout Systems Portfolio

LAS VEGAS, June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM Edge 2013 – IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced enhancements across its systems portfolio that are designed to help organizations adopt cloud computing as they build toward Software Defined Environments (SDE).

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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 organizations lower operating expenses, improve efficiencies, and increase productivity," said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems & Technology Group. "But they're also enabling greater and faster access to business insights, which is fundamentally transforming the ways in which organizations, public and private, are interacting with, learning from, and supporting their customers."

Smarter Storage for New Era of ComputingIn addition to rolling out its new IBM FlashSystem family of all-Flash appliances today, the company announced enhancements to its storage portfolio that will help more clients achieve faster and continuous access to business-critical information. For example, IBM added support for 4TB drives to its Storwize V7000 and XIV advanced storage systems for 33 percent more capacity in the same space, and new capabilities to XIV that let clients send large volumes of data between systems through the cloud without performance degradation.

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.

Other updates to the storage line include:

  • IBM Linear Tape File System Enterprise Edition is based on LTFS Library Edition, but lets clients use tape storage as a separate tier for greater management and access. The system is a cost-effective and easy-to-deploy data solution that's ideal for Web 2.0 applications. It is integrated with the IBM GPFS file system and can help lower storage and archive costs up to 90 percent¹.
  • IBM FlashSystem series was released today. Announced in April, the series of all-Flash appliances has been enhanced to deliver less than 1/10 the cost per transaction while using 4 percent of the energy and 2 percent of the space compared to hybrid disk and flash systems.

Tivoli Storage Manager Dashboard visualizes thousands of data points

IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) Operations Center provides a new and intuitive management dashboard that lets clients manage more backups with less complexity. The health of data protection environments can be assessed at a glance, combining thousands of data points into an intuitive dashboard screen. Based on a combination of analytics, workflow automation and advanced visualization, the new software also offers, improved scalability with consolidated back up and recovery capabilities that manage thousands of backups at multiple sites. It also has the ability to monitor systems with any browser-enabled device. In addition, to help find and resolve backup issues faster, a centralized view of backup problems can be seen across multiple TSM servers. Essential problem information is also highlighted, eliminating diagnostic steps. By showing alerts in context, users can better understand the impact on service levels and data loss to take appropriate action.

IBM Power Systems for Industry

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 specialized 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 maximize health resource utilization; while the retail solution is geared toward helping retailers provide customers with more personalized shopping experiences.

Three additional solutions provide organizations in any industry sector with advanced computing capabilities including predictive analytics, scoring and optimization 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. 

Technical Computing's New Application-Ready Solutions 

New entry-level technical computing solutions announced today integrate the company's Platform Computing software directly on IBM Power Systems, Flex Systems, System x, iDataPlex, and IBM Storage Systems. These IBM Application Ready Solutions for Technical Computing address the challenges clients face with the rise of Big Data, computationally intensive workloads and cloud computing. The Application Ready Solutions, designed for the automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, and life sciences industries, are expertly tuned by IBM and its partners and designed to get clients up and running fast.

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