IBM Releases New Intel-Based System x Servers

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IBM has developed a new line x86 servers which include features intended to help ramp up security and efficiency. The new M5 servers are designed to support a wide range of enterprise workloads and computing environments, from infrastructure basics to cloud computing to big data and analytics. The M5 portfolio includes highly configurable models of rack and tower servers, dense systems, blades and integrated systems.

"Clients need to support more demanding workloads with limited budgets while dealing with increasingly sophisticated attacks on their infrastructure," said Adalio Sanchez, general manager for IBM x86 and PureSystems Solutions. "Our new M5 servers are designed with the long-standing heritage of IBM innovation to support these enterprise applications with the high security, efficiency and reliability they require.”

The new IBM System x M5 servers include System x3650 M5 – a 2U, two-socket rack server that can be optimized for big data, analytics and cloud; as well as System x3550 M5 – a flexible 1U, two-socket rack server designed for a wide range of workloads across diverse industries. Additional servers include System x3500 M5 – a high performing, all-in-one 5U, two-socket tower or rack server, designed for business-critical workloads; along with Flex System x240 M5 – optimized for performance, mainstream virtualization and enterprise applications.

In addition to System x innovations, the new servers are built on Intel’s new Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors, and up to 1.5 terabytes of faster, energy-saving TruDDR4 memory. All these servers are scheduled to begin shipping to customers this year, except the x3500 M5, which is scheduled to begin shipping in the first quarter of 2015.

To help clients move enterprise applications to the cloud and improve overall efficiency, reliability and performance, IBM also announced a series of enterprise solutions, including IBM System x Solution for VMware VSAN, a software-defined storage solution that enables the new System x M5 servers and VMware® Virtual SAN™ to simplify VM storage management. It can help lower total cost of ownership, while delivering high performance and high storage reliability for virtual machines;

IBM Systems and Technology Group offers a full portfolio that includes IBM System x rack and tower systems, BladeCenter, NeXtScale, PureFlex, System Networking, Power Systems and System z servers, and IBM Storage solutions.

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