New IBM enterprise X-Architecture focused on analytics, cloud

IBM Corp. has launched the sixth generation of its enterprise X-Architecture for System x and PureSystems servers, promising improvements in the performance and economics of x86-based systems for analytics and cloud.

According to IBM, with an increasing demand for analytics and a shift of critical workloads to the cloud, organizations are relying on x86-based systems for greater efficiency and lower costs. The vendor said its X6 will provide new levels of performance and resiliency for enterprise applications, with three times the scalable memory of current competitive systems.

“Our enterprise X-Architecture for x86-based servers and solutions delivers high performance and the highest customer satisfaction in the industry, making us number one in high-end x86 systems,” said Adalio Sanchez, general manager for IBM System x and PureFlex, in a statement. “We continue to innovate and deliver leadership performance, reliability and investment protection for mission-critical workloads with X6.”

IBM is touting the X6 architecture’s speed with its integrated eXFlash memory-channel storage, its agility with a modular, scalable design that supports multiple generations of CPUs, and its resiliency with features to help extend cloud delivery models to mission-critical applications. To help leverage these gains, IBM several new solutions for analytics, database and cloud deployment, including IBM System x Solution for DB2 with BLU Acceleration on X6 for accelerating analytics, IBM System x Solution for SAP HANA on X6 for analytics, and System x Solution for VMware vCloud Suite on X6 for infrastructure-as-a-service capabilities.

Big Blue announced the general availability of the new IBM FlashSystem 840, an all-Flash array with nearly double the bandwidth and double the performance of its predecessor. Also new is the FlashSystem Enterprise Performance Solution, which bundles the FlashSystem 840 and IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller technology.

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A veteran technology and business journalist, Jeff Jedras began his career in technology journalism in the late 1990s, covering the booming (and later busting) Ottawa technology sector for Silicon Valley North and the Ottawa Business Journal, as well as everything from municipal politics to real estate. He later covered the technology scene in Vancouver before joining IT World Canada in Toronto in 2005, covering enterprise IT for ComputerWorld Canada. He would go on to cover the channel as an assistant editor with CDN. His writing has appeared in the Vancouver Sun, the Ottawa Citizen and a wide range of industry trade publications.

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