LAS VEGAS: Much of the week here at IBM Impact in Las Vegas has been given over to the firm’s PureSystems range of integrated systems. Launched only a few weeks ago, PureSystems are designed to remove the work involved around installing, maintaining and updating various business applications.
At the show, delegates were shown a video demonstrating that PureApplication Systems (PAS) can be up and running in just four hours – you take it out the box and plug in four network and four power cables, there are no components to install and set-up is via a wizard.
PAS includes IBM's WebSphere middleware and DB2 database, along with all the necessary storage, network, server and management capabilities. It is designed to act as an integrated system for transactional web applications, and is available in four configurations ranging from 96 CPU cores and 1.5TB of memory, up to 608 cores and a whopping 9.7TB of memory.
During Impact, IBM released new patterns, or best practice deployment models, for business process management, business intelligence and social collaboration to run on PAS.
The firm also announced a Virtual Pattern Kit, allowing customers or partners to develop their own patterns for particular applications to run on PureSystems, along with a cloud-based development environment, to let developers try out their apps in a sandbox run by IBM rather than needing to provision their own infrastructure.
Focusing on the patterns is the right approach from IBM, according to Forrester analyst John Rymer, as they take away much of the workload for IT staff. In the old way of deploying an application, IT departments would need to configure and maintain a web server, application server, database and load balancing before rolling out the app - with PureSystem patterns, this is all taken care of.
“Patterns are like a recipe for deploying a certain kind of application,” he explained.
“They describe how the components get installed, set up and configured, so you don’t have to do the configuration, security and memory requirements.”
The patterns could prove a key selling point in the battle for customers against Oracle’s Exa- line. Rymer said that while the Exalogic applications machine has not been a big seller for Oracle so far, the Exadata machine for managing different databases has been fairly successful.
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