IBM PureFlex System offers an integrated computing system

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 112-087
April 11, 2012


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IBM® PureFlex System can:

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:

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



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The components of the IBM PureFlex System are:



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May 21, 2012

June 15, 2012



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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:

A PureFlex System consists of:

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

When ordering those products, information about 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, and IBM PureFlex Enterprise

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

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


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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).

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=112-087

IBM Technical Support Services for IBM PureFlex System

IBM Technical Support Services protect the IBM PureFlex System investment and accelerate performance with long-standing expertise and client proven best practices. The IBM range of tiered support offerings offer choice and flexibility to meet wide ranging customer needs. For the IBM PureFlex System, IBM mandates the inclusion of essential support options through to tailored premium services. IBM Technical Support Services enhance the value of IBM PureFlex System and supports the quicker path to return on investment.

Support to be included as the minimum essential element of each IBM PureFlex System offering are as follows:



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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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