IBM has expanded its Power server portfolio with new systems aimed at cloud service providers, along with new storage platforms designed to power cloud services and tools to enable IBM's z Systems mainframes to power mobile apps via its Bluemix developer services.
Announced at IBM's Edge conference in Las Vegas, the new products and services are aimed at helping customers implement a hybrid cloud strategy, taking advantage of on-premise and public cloud resources to meet business goals.
IBM said that companies are increasingly using a hybrid cloud to integrate existing technology investments - traditional systems of record - with new workloads in the cloud, which IBM dubs systems of engagement, driven by mobile, big data and social computing.
"Hybrid cloud computing requires new levels of openness, dynamic data management, integration, automation and scalable performance in server, storage and software technologies," said Don Boulia, IBM's vice president of cloud services.
"IBM brings all of these technologies together from on-premise data centres and inside public and private clouds to more efficiently manage traditional computing with new mobile, big data and social computing workloads.
On the hardware side, IBM unveiled several new systems based on the Power processor platform, comprising the Power System E850 and the PurePower System.
The Power System E850 is a four-socket Power8 server aimed at cloud service providers and enterprise customers, and can support up to 4TB of memory for operating in-memory databases.
It also features the mainframe-like ability to upgrade capacity on demand, IBM said, enabling customers to increase system capacity temporarily if required, without taking the system offline.
PurePower is an engineered system designed to offer a speedy to deploy, converged infrastructure platform for big data, social, mobile and analytics workloads.
Like IBM's other Pure systems it includes automated management and configuration services and built-in redundancy for highly reliable and resilient operation. It can also be managed using the OpenStack framework.
On the storage side, IBM unveiled the XIV Gen 3 storage system with real-time compression to store 50 to 80 percent more data without additional hardware, plus Spectrum Control Storage Insights, a storage management cloud service that uses analytics to simplify capacity planning and improve storage use by reclaiming underused storage and optimising data placement, IBM said.
Finally, IBM will offer customers of its Bluemix developer cloud a free trial of Rocket Software's mainframe data access service from June. This enables developers to access data stored on IBM z Systems mainframes for development of new mobile and cloud apps.
IBM also said that much of its software is available on a monthly licensing basis, including WebSphere Application Server starting at $166 per core per month.
Customers can freely move monthly licences between on-premise and public and private clouds as needed, including IBM SoftLayer and third-party cloud services.
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