IBM Set to Unveil Converged PureSystems

IBM will unveil a new converged computing system Wednesday that will compete with existing offerings from Cisco, HP and Oracle. First Details of the new PureSystems offering began emerging Tuesday night. Here are some excerpts from early reports:

The New York Times described the IBM product launch as “the most ambitious step yet to simplify and streamline data center technology. With this initiative, I.B.M. will sell bundles of server hardware and software packaged in simplified systems, with setup and maintenance automated by intelligent software. Tasks that now take days or weeks can be reduced to hours, the company claims.”

The package combines hardware with management software that supports automated installation and updates of programs, and monitoring of the performance of all the hardware and software,” according to The Times.

BusinessWeek reports that “IBM is positioning PureSystems as an offering that simplifies technology building blocks to compete with Oracle’s Exadata and Cisco’s UCS and VCE products.” The system may also help IBM fend off competition to its hardware and software sales from Web-based cloud-computing services, BW reported.

Investor’s Business Daily writes that HP may have stolen a bit of IBM’s thunder with its announcement Tuesday of its own HP Converged Cloud strategy, which includes a public cloud. The paper describes PureSystems as “basically an all-in-one computer that can be adapted to the specific needs of a business,” including storage, virtualization, networking gear and software.

The technology press will likely provide closer scrutiny of the new system and its attributes in briefings Wednesday across the country.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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