IBM is unveiling a new line of preconfigured systems. Called PureSystems, the integrated hardware and software packages are intended to be deployed and adapted quickly, and the company said that more than 600 companies worldwide will support these "expert integrated computing systems."
Given the time and effort required by many IT departments to launch servers and apps, IBM sees a market opening for preconfigured systems that could reduce deployment and integration time dramatically. With PureSystems, setting up a database, clustering a group of servers, or setting up an application with authenticated users becomes a less burdensome and time-consuming effort.
'Scale-In' System Design
IBM said in a statement that this new systems family "offers clients an alternative to today's enterprise computing model, where multiple and disparate systems require significant resources to set up and maintain."
The company pinpointed the prime challenge for IT departments as having to spend 70 percent or more of their budgets on relatively simple operations and maintenance, reducing the ability to spend time and money on innovation. As an example, IBM said that a study it commissioned from Forrester found that it can take up to six months just to establish a hardware and software infrastructure .
One of the first products in this line is called PureFlex, and it offers a baseline computing environment, with servers, virtualization , and middleware. On top of PureFlex, a customer can install PureApplications, with a suite of enterprise applications.
The Armonk, N.Y.-based company said that PureSystems is the result of $2 billion in R&D and acquisitions by IBM over the last four years, and builds on three major advances. One is the concept of "scale-in" system design, integrating server , storage , and networking into a highly automated, easy-to-use machine. This approach also features up to twice the computing power per square foot of data center space, compared with some other IBM systems. (continued...)