IBM introduces new systems to accelerate smarter computing

In the largest update to its systems portfolio this year, IBM today announced 55 new and updated server and storage technologies to help clients gain actionable insights from data, increase IT capacity and deliver new services faster to create profitable business opportunities.

The new offerings include affordable business analytics systems, automated tools for implementing security and compliance standards, and starter kits for establishing private clouds, the company said.

As the world’s increasing demand for data and services puts a strain on IT resources, organisations become trapped in a vicious cycle in which a rigid IT infrastructure and lack of trusted data leads to reactive or risky decision making. Attempts to overcome these challenges through additional IT investments often result in a more sprawling and costly infrastructure, analysts believe.

According to IBM, the new offerings, address these challenges with smarter computing technologies for business analytics, integrated storage, optimised systems and virtualised data centres.

IBM’s latest offerings for data analytics include IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator; IBM Smart Analytics System 9700 and IBM Smart Analytics System 9710; IBM POWER7 processor-based IBM Smart Analytics System 7710 and x86 processor-based IBM Smart Analytics System 5710; IBM Storwize V7000 Unified; IBM System Storage DS8000 Release 6.2 and IBM XIV Storage System Gen3.

IBM’s new technologies that automate security and compliance of virtualised environments and multi-system virtualisation capabilities to reduce cumbersome IT sprawl include IBM PowerSC; IBM z/VM 6.2 and IBM Systems Directorv6.3.

Finally, IBM also announced latest offerings to help clients manage their cloud infrastructures such as the IBM SmartCloud Entry solution; zEnterprise Starter Edition for Cloud; IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud; IBM Active Cloud Engine; IBM Systems Director VMControl 2.4 and IBM System Networking.

According to IBM, financing provided by IBM Global Financing, the lending and leasing arm of IBM, helps credit-qualified clients make the transition to smarter computing with zero percent financing for servers, storage and software or deferred payments up to six months.

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