Scale-in design offers a single-view management system, and automatic scaling of resources, including networking and storage. The company said PureSystems can move from its single shipping crate to operational readiness in a third of the time required by other IBM products.
A second advance is "Patterns of Expertise," in which a new kind of software embeds industry expertise into the automatic handling of such basic chores as configuration or upgrades.
The expertise is also baked into applications from more than 125 independent software vendors (ISVs), who have worked with IBM to create applications certified as being "PureSystems Ready."
A new online catalog of the applications, called ISV Patterns, will enable rapid deployment through PureSystems, such as a customer relationship management program that can be deployed in under one hour, instead of taking as much as three days. IT departments can also use their internal expertise to create their own Patterned application.
Finally, PureSystems products are designed to be ready for the cloud , out of the box. There is a cloud self-service and provisioning interface inside PureSystems, so users can self-configure a cloud environment without help from IT.
Laura DiDio, an analyst with Information Technology Intelligence Consulting, said that PureSystems is built on "a lot of research that IBM has had 'behind the curtain' for a while, which they're now bringing to the fore as part of their Smarter Planet initiative."
A key innovation in PureSystems, she said, is its integration with "patterns built on expertise, which can enable IT departments to actually fulfill the mantra of 'do more with less.' "
DiDio said that other major companies, such as HP or Dell , could conceivably launch similar product lines if they focused their resources, but IBM's effort, as with most of its launches, "connects all the dots." She added that PureSystems will "absolutely have a big impact" on the way IT departments operate.