Unveiling X6 solutions for analytics, database and cloud in SA

27 Mar 2014
Tracy Burrows

Getting actionable insights from rapidly proliferating data volumes is challenging enterprise architectures, says Bevan Lock, PureFlex Product Manager at IBM South Africa.

Speaking at a media briefing on IBM's new X6 solutions for analytics, database and cloud in Johannesburg, Lock said enterprises dependant on databases, ERP, big data analytics and virtualisation for their future success needed to look to new ways of integrating and managing their IT systems, for greater cost efficiencies, optimised performance, agility and faster time to market on innovations. Now, he said, the enterprise systems must work holistically, in an agile way, and at a lower total cost of ownership, to deliver faster time to innovation, and instant decision-making.

To meet these changing market needs, IBM has launched new solutions for its X6 architecture for analytics, database and cloud deployment, including IBM System x Solution for DB2 with BLU Acceleration on X6 for accelerating analytics, IBM System x Solution for SAP HANA on X6 for analytics, and System x Solution for VMware vCloud Suite on X6 for infrastructure-as-a-service capabilities.

"Performance, availability, response time and return on investment are now critical to business, and these enhancements deliver," he said.

Featuring an industry-first integrated flash storage for high performance, a modular design for long life cycles to help reduce costs, and improved resiliency for increased uptime, the X6 system architecture is specifically designed to provide new levels of performance and resiliency for enterprise applications.

For memory-hungry applications, X6 delivers three times the scalable memory of current competitors' and IBM x86-based systems to support cloud and analytics. Its integrated eXFlash memory-channel storage provides up to 12.8 terabytes of ultrafast flash storage close to the processor, increasing application performance by providing the lowest system write latency available, essential for analytics applications.

X6 can provide significantly lower latency for database operations, which can lower licensing costs and reduce storage costs by reducing or eliminating the need for external SAN/NAS storage units. In addition, its modular, scalable design supports multiple generations of CPUs and can reduce acquisition costs, up to 28% in comparison to one competitive offering. X6 provides stability and flexibility through forthcoming technology developments, allowing users to scale up now and upgrade efficiently in the future.

New solutions for analytics, database and cloud deployments include IBM System x Solution for DB2 with BLU Acceleration on X6 for accelerating analytics, IBM System x Solution for SAP HANA on X6 for analytics, and System x Solution for VMware vCloud Suite on X6 for infrastructure-as-a-service capabilities.

"As enterprises seek faster, more agile and more resilient systems, we believe the solution lies in a modular architecture designed to deliver improved performance and reduced complexity and cost," said Lock. "The X6 modules, or ‘books' allow for the replacement of ‘books' for upgrades on the fly, simplified management and higher levels of availability. This modularity is resonating with local customers, who see it as a means to extend the system life cycle in a cost efficient way."

The Next Generation of Enterprise X-Architecture

The Next Generation of Enterprise X-Architecture

This video exhibits Alex Yost's description of the short history of Enterprise X-Architecture and the five generations of servers that preceded X6 to reinforce IBM's commitment to innovation in x86 server technology. It is intended to help customers understand why the FAST, AGILE and RESILIENT attributes of X6 servers drive significant business value, as well as provide a snapshot of IBM business partnerships with critical ISV vendors, and the optimized solutions delivered through these partnerships.


X6: an overview of the platforms and the business value they deliver

Announcing the new X6 Platforms from IBM System x: Overview

This video is intended to introduce customers to the X6 portfolio. One section of this video also illustrates the modular "book design" of one member of the server family -- the IBM System x3850 X6. This overview of the X6 family is a great conversation starter and it can help customers understand the attributes of the X6 portfolio. Use this deliverable as a reason to “touch” the customer with an email and a link to the video.


Brand new IBM X6 Servers

This "whiteboard style" video is intended to provide an overview of why infrastructure matters. This video describes the X6 portfolio and provides a brief description of the server portfolio's FAST, AGILE and RESILIENT capabilities and the business value these new servers deliver.


IBM System x3850 X6 video walk-through

This video is intended to provide an indepth walk through the server and all its components. The video provides an in-depth look at the innovative modular book design of X6.


Testimonials from key IT vendors

About IBM X6 and SAP from Kyle Garman of SAP

This video is intended to help customers understand the importance of IBM's strategic relationship with SAP and its involvement in the HANA Enterprise Cloud Initiative. The partnership leverages intellectual property, specialized capabilities, process expertise, industry experience and more to drive business transformation, simplification of the IT landscape, and successful business outcomes.


About IBM X6 and VMware from Sanjay Katyal - VP Global OEM Alliances VMware

This video is intended to help customers learn about IBM's business partnership with VMware. The relationship leverages interoperability, integration, co-development and more to create optimized solutions. Learn about the journey to building a private cloud and modernizing the data center with a software-defined environment.


About IBM X6 and Intel from Shannon Poulin of Intel

Learn about the decades-long relationship that IBM and Intel have had together and the milestones that have been achieved thanks to the partnership. This video is intended to help customers understand the advancements Intel delivered in the E7 platforms (40 reliability features).

Analyst viewpoints: the x86 marketplace and key differentiators

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Forrester on x86 Industry Best Practices
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