IBM PureFlex is fast: Get revved up over speedy new way to upgrade [IBM]

Picture all of the parts that make up your IT foundation. Much like an automobile, each year manufacturers produce new models and update parts to make the latest data center faster and more efficient than the last. Preparing your car for the open highway is much like updating your IT foundation: there are many interacting parts to consider, and while you pore over the best map, the odometer ticks.

An IT assessment of your infrastructure can help you decide which parts to replace and which parts can stay.

IBM PureFlex is a factory-integrated and optimized set of hardware. It allows you to build your system infrastructure with integrated management, automation and optimization expertise built in. PureFlex is part of PureSystems, a new family of converged infrastructure products from IBM.

PureFlex comes in three pre-configured set ups or a built-to-order set up. A pre-configured infrastructure is like driving a brand new car off the lot. A built-to-order infrastructure is like dropping new parts and a bossy new powertrain into the car you already have. Regardless, if you want a rip-and-replace infrastructure or simply hardware upgrades, PureFlex manages all of the new hardware and integrates nicely with old hardware.PureFlex can come with hardware that is preconfigured for auto provisioning and scalability, so you know you’re setting up a solid private Cloud foundation for when you’re ready to make the move.

Under the hood of PureFlex

On a technical level, it’s codified best practices for presetting configuration options by type of selected web application (e.g. high availability, high security, etc.). On a simple level, it’s a pre-configured IT infrastructure. [Read more…]

Better Processors Optimizing the Data Center [Intel]

Over the next five years, a billion more people will be using the internet with an estimated 15 billion connected devices and untold more visual and interactive content, increasing the internet’s data footprint to over 1,000 Exabytes – or (get used to hearing this term a lot more) – 1 Zettabyte.

This trifecta of more users, more devices and more data will inevitably escalate demands on IT and data centers, posing some daunting infrastructure challenges in terms of performance, efficiency and cost.

Wanted: more powerful and integrated engines.

And that means that, at the heart of the next-generation data center and everything related to it – from enterprise infrastructure to workstations to cloud installations, storage systems and high performance computing that will be expected to “just work” – will have to be more flexible, powerful engines to keep things humming. [Read more…]

A Unified Front Against the Threat of Data Overgrowth [IBM]

The explosive growth in data and increased complexity are some of the biggest challenges in storage management today. But the old ways of buying and managing storage no longer cut it. Resource constraints from physical storage resources to human resources make it even more vital for organizations to optimize and simplify their infrastructure. Unaddressed and unchecked, data growth will only become a bigger problem over time.

In addition, small and midsize organizations are suffering from a range of other challenges:

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