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Is “Scalable Blade” an Oxymoron?

Blades deliver density but required a tradeoff in scalability until now...

Both the blade and rack infrastructures serve a purpose in the computing ecosystem, but changing workloads are putting demands on platforms that require a new approach. IBM Flex System X6 Compute Nodes deliver on the needs of today's most critical applications by delivering performance, agility and resiliency for highly scalable workloads.

With the IBM Flex System X6, customers can deploy a modular system that brings the density of blades but—unlike blades—allows for far greater scalability at the node level along with scaling up as applications need even greater capacity and resources. Whether it is a single image footprint that demands huge memory or CPU addressability or a large pool for handling a high density of VMs or cloud instances, the flexible scaling solution definitely has a place in transitioning datacenters. Any organization faced with the challenge of rapidly scaling their workloads should read this paper.

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