At IBM Edge 2013 in Las Vegas, IBM announced enhancements across its systems portfolio. As part of the new offerings, IBM rolled out nine new Power Systems offerings, each providing advanced capabilities in big data analytics and cloud computing.
Three solutions provide organizations in any industry sector with advanced computing capabilities including predictive analytics, scoring and optimization techniques, as well as turnkey cloud offerings that support "pay-per-use" business models or fit-for-purpose private cloud infrastructures. Built on Power Systems' open platform for choice, both cloud solutions manage industry-standard Linux, AIX and IBM i operating system environments. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the IBM i operating system, IBM introduced the IBM i 25th Anniversary Edition. Available on either a Power 720 or Power 740 server, this special solution edition includes a no-charge IBM i 7.1 processor license and three service vouchers.
Five packaged solutions for the healthcare and retail industries are the latest in a series of new industry-themed solutions that combine IBM Power Systems with specialized software to meet big data and analytics needs for specific industries. For healthcare, the new solutions are designed to improve patient care and experience, reduce healthcare costs and maximize health resource utilization; while the retail solution is geared toward helping retailers provide customers with more personalized shopping experiences.
“Cloud computing and big data analytics are playing key roles in helping organizations lower operating expenses, improve efficiencies, and increase productivity,” said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems & Technology Group. “But they’re also enabling greater and faster access to business insights, which is fundamentally transforming the ways in which organizations, public and private, are interacting with, learning from, and supporting their customers.”
IBM also announced enhancements to IBM’s Smarter Storage line of Flash, disk and tape systems that give clients faster access to business critical information and big data insights; new High Performance Computing solutions that bring HPC capabilities to mainstream servers to help more clients crunch data faster; new capabilities in the IBM PureSystems family expert integrated systems that are designed to help clients reduce security risks when deploying cloud solutions, as well as enable quick recovery and restoration after disasters. In addition, a new mobile solution based on IBM Worklight server on PureSystems for both Power and x86 helps accelerate deployment of mobile applications.
More information about the announcements is available from IBM at www.ibm.com.