Promises new line of servers to deliver 50% more cores and provide 40%-60% better performance than previous generations
IBM has unveiled new System x servers, which it claims to offer increased memory and helps improve efficiency to allow customers better exploit virtualisation and support sophisticated workloads.
IBM claims that it has completely revamped its line up of two-socket x86 servers and all-new line delivers 50% more cores and can provide 40%-60% better performance than previous generations, allowing users in some cases to consolidate some 20 servers down to one.
According to IBM, the new System x M3 and Blade Center systems include, two new rack servers, the x3650 M3 and the x3550 M3 which deliver 50% more memory capacity and 60% more internal storage than the previous generation. The two new enterprise tower servers, x3500 M3 and x3400 M3 feature twice the storage capacity of previous generations and lower power and facilities costs.
The new offerings also include the BladeCenter HS22 and the virtualisation-optimised BladeCenter HS22V, which allow clients to fit 30%-50% more virtual machines on a single blade server. Both feature memory that consumes 15% less power and the HS22V runs Java applications up to 43% faster than prior-generation, two-socket blades, IBM said.
The company said that the new iDataPlex server dx360 M3 increases iDataPlex compute performance by 50% for HPC workloads and all the system run on Intel Xeon 560-series processors.
The M3 systems utilise IBM middleware to offer a suite of systems management tools including, systems director software that allows users to pre-configure servers, remotely re-purpose systems and set up automatic updates and recoveries; and a unified extensible firmware interface.
In addition, the systems offer integrated management module that manages, monitors, troubleshoots and repairs servers; and ToolsCenter that simplifies usage of system management tools with a single webpage to acquire tools.