New IBM Flex Systems Allow Clients to Build Larger Clouds in Smaller Data Centers

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The FINANCIAL: IBM unveiled a number of major additions to its Flex System portfolio, according to IBM.


The offerings combine the latest server technology with new virtualization, networking and management tools, allowing clients to consolidate their existing IT infrastructures and reduce operating costs. This will help clients use smaller data center environments to quickly deploy, manage and secure increasingly larger clouds, according to IBM.

Today’s announcement comes at a critical time, as organizations look to consolidate their existing data centers and shift greater workloads to the cloud. In fact, one study has determined that by 2014, businesses will have migrated more than 62 percent of their existing database workloads to the cloud.

These additional Flex Systems products deliver the features that provide clients with the choices they need as they seek to reduce costs and invest in technologies that provide future scalability, according to IBM. The offerings consist of three systems built on both IBM POWER7+ and a “double dense” x222 system built on x86 technology. Additionally, IBM has upgraded the Flex System Manager so that clients can monitor and manage up to 5,000 infrastructure end points and do so from any location utilizing iOS, Android and Blackberry mobile devices.

Swedish manufacturer Tomologic, in collaboration with the global cutting machine manufacturers and researchers from the Swedish Institute of Computer Science, KTH and Uppsala University have moved to a cloud environment on the new x222 Flex System. Tomologic will use this environment to deliver their Software as a Service that optimizes cutting metal and material through the use of advanced and unique computational algorithms. The algorithms will help Tomologic’s clients to offer more units being cut out of the same sheet, reducing the amount of waste; and enabling more efficient use of the machine capacity. Because they are based in the cloud Tomologic is able to continually improve the efficiency of the algorithm and service without disrupting end-user production, according to IBM. 

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