IBM has introduced the 6th generation of the enterprise X-Architecture that underpins its x86 System X servers, claiming new levels of performance and resiliency for enterprise applications through innovations such as memory channel flash storage.
The X6 architecture represents IBM's continuing investment and industry leadership in x86-based systems, the firm said, delivering three times the scalable memory of rival systems to support applications such as cloud and analytics.
"Our enterprise X-Architecture for x86-based servers 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.
Server models with the new architecture include the four-socket System x3850 X6; eight-socket System x3950 X6; and the IBM Flex System x880. IBM said it is also introducing the System x3650 M4 BD storage server, a two-socket rack-mount system capable of being configured with up to 14 drives for up to 56TB of storage.
The X6 architecture will also be used in IBM's PureSystems line of expert integrated systems, launched in 2012.
IBM is claiming to be the first vendor to offer memory channel storage with its X6 servers, whereby flash storage is mounted in Dimm slots close to the processor to cut latency and so boost performance of key applications such as databases. IBM said its new systems can be fitted with up to 12.8TB of integrated eXFlash storage this way.
Another first is a modular, scalable design that enables servers based on X6 architecture to support multiple generations of CPUs. With key components on separate Compute Book, Storage Book and IO Book modules, customers can upgrade just the technology that has changed, minimising the total cost, IBM said.
To complement the new systems, IBM also introduced new software solutions for its X6 architecture and an additional FlashSystem storage array.
The software includes 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 (IaaS) capabilities.
Meanwhile, the new IBM FlashSystem 840 offers nearly double the bandwidth and performance of the existing FlashSystem 820 at 1.1 million input/output operations per second (IOPS). Capable of delivering up to 48TB of usable capacity in a 2U chassis, the all-flash array is ideal for analytical databases, public and private clouds, and virtualised infrastructure.
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