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IBM PureFlex System offers an integrated computing system

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 112-192
November 13, 2012

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IBM® PureFlex™ System can:

  • Improve efficiency and utilization through integration
  • Optimize heterogeneous environments by providing the right architecture for the right workload
  • Increase speed and dexterity at the enterprise level
  • Improve control through simplicity, automation, compliance, and security
  • Improve economics through faster time-to-value driven by real-time scalability
  • Deliver insights faster to gain a competitive advantage


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For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: SE001).



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IT is moving to the strategic center of business, so organizations can no longer ignore the inefficiencies in today's approach to computing. To overcome IT inefficiencies, the model must shift to smarter computing, in which IT infrastructure enables a smarter planet. Multiple approaches exist today. Organizations are using the flexibility of general purpose systems to tune their own systems, optimizing them for the business environment. However, the time and effort to do this can be significant. Organizations are also taking advantage of the simplicity of appliances and the elasticity of cloud where those approaches make sense. Organizations require the best of all these options in one system. Influencing best practices and expertise is key.

Introducing a new category of systems: Expert integrated systems

Expert integrated systems combine the flexibility of general purpose systems and the simplicity of an appliance with integrated expertise. Expert integrated systems are based on patterns of expertise, designed to dramatically improve the responsiveness of the business. Patterns of expertise can automatically balance, manage, and optimize the elements necessary from the underlying hardware resources to help deliver and manage today's modern business processes, services, and applications. They do so by encapsulating, into a repeatable and deployable form, proven best practices and expertise gained from decades of optimizing the deployment and management of data centers, software infrastructures, and applications around the world.

IBM PureFlex System

The IBM PureFlex System provides an integrated computing system -- combining servers, enterprise storage, networking, virtualization, and management into a single structure. Its built-in expertise lets organizations simply manage and flexibly deploy integrated patterns of virtual and hardware resources through unified management.

The PureFlex System has three preintegrated offerings to support compute, storage, and networking requirements. You can select from these offerings, which are designed for key client initiatives and help simplify the ordering and configuration of PureFlex Systems. As a result, the PureFlex System helps cut the cost, time, and complexity of system deployments.

The PureFlex System offerings are as follows:

  • Express : Infrastructure for small and midsize businesses. Most affordable entry point.
  • Standard: Infrastructure for application servers with supporting storage and networking.
  • Enterprise: Infrastructure for scalable cloud deployments. Redundancy for resilient operation.

For complete descriptions of these offerings, formally announced today, refer to:

  • IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis (8721-A1x) Hardware Announcement 112-053, dated April 11, 2012
  • IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node (8737-xxx) Hardware Announcement 112-052, dated April 11, 2012
  • IBM Flex System x220 Compute Node (7906-xxx) Hardware Announcement 112-133, dated August 07, 2012
  • IBM Flex System x440 Compute Node (7917-xxx) Hardware Announcement 112-099, dated August 07, 2012
  • IBM Flex System Manager Node (8731-A1x) Hardware Announcement 112-068, dated April 11, 2012
  • IBM Flex System V7000 Software Announcement 212-386, dated November 13, 2012
  • IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node Hardware Announcement 112-135, dated November 13, 2012


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The components of the IBM PureFlex System are:

  • IBM 42U 1100MM PureScale Dynamic Rack
  • IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis
  • IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node
  • IBM Flex System x240 Compute Node
  • IBM Flex System x220 Compute Node
  • IBM Flex System x440 Compute Node
  • IBM Flex System Manager Node
  • IBM Flex System EN4093 10Gb Scalable Switch
  • IBM Flex System FC3171 8Gb SAN Switch IBM
  • Flex System FC5022 16Gb SAN Scalable Switch


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December 10, 2012 - IBM PureFlex System configurations with a single chassis

January 28, 2013 - IBM PureFlex System configurations with two or more chassis



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IBM PureFlex System

The IBM PureFlex System consists of predefined, preconfigured Flex System components to simplify your purchasing and provide the total Flex System integrated value proposition. There are three PureFlex System offerings available:

  • IBM PureFlex System Express for smaller installations
  • IBM PureFlex System Standard for application systems
  • IBM PureFlex System Enterprise for database or transactional systems

A PureFlex System consists of:

  • IBM 42U 1100MM PureScale Dynamic Rack
  • IBM Flex System Enterprise Chassis
  • IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node
  • IBM Flex System x86 Compute Nodes (x220, x240, or x440)
  • IBM Flex System Manager
  • IBM Flex System EN4093 10Gb Scalable Switch
  • IBM Flex System FC3171 8Gb SAN Switch or IBM Flex System FC5022 16Gb SAN Scalable Switch

Additional Flex System Compute Nodes, Flex System Chassis, IBM 42U Slim Racks, and Flex System Managers can be ordered using the xConfig tool once the basic requirements for the PureFlex System are met.

When ordering those products, information on minimum configurations and options can be found in their online Sales Manuals at

http://www.ibm.com/common/ssi

IBM PureFlex Express

IBM PureFlex Standard

IBM PureFlex Enterprise

For a complete listing of components for these offerings, refer to the xConfig tool

https://www-01.ibm.com/products/hardware/configurator/americas/bhui/asit/install.html

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

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To order, contact the Americas Call Centers or your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

Phone:      800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
Fax:        800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
Internet:   callserv@ca.ibm.com
Mail:       IBM Teleweb Customer Support
            ibm.com Sales Execution Center, Americas North
            3500 Steeles Ave. East, Tower 3/4
            Markham, Ontario
            Canada
            L3R 2Z1

Reference: SE001

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

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