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IBM exploits $2 billion Softlayer acquisition

Brian Karlovsky | Oct. 10, 2013
IBM integrates Softlayer with SmartCloud to provide global platform

New systems will also allow managed service providers (MSPs) to build private and hybrid clouds to get the most out of social, mobile and Big Data workloads.

These include new IBM PureFlex Systems and IBM Power Systems solutions that help clients quickly deploy clouds and cloud services.

IBM is making the PureFlex System - Express available as a single chassis configuration only, which is being priced at a point it says is suitable for small and midsize businesses.

The PureFlex System - Enterprise will have selectable rack offerings and is designed for scalable cloud deployments with built-in redundancy for resilient operation.

IBM also announced that its software patterns for PureApplication System, which are designed to radically streamline the set-up and management of hardware and software resources, can now be deployed on SoftLayer. Additionally, new Power Systems solutions will further support hybrid cloud environments and simplify clients' ability to adapt to emerging business needs, with greater flexibility compared to commodity servers based on decades old design.

The new Power Systems Solution Edition for Service Providers has a pre-built, pre-installed cloud solution based on OpenStack for SmartCloud Entry and PowerVC.

IBM PowerVC offers leading virtualisation to improve resource utilisation and agility for OpenStack implementations.

The new IBM PowerVP is a virtualisation performance tool that helps clients respond to business needs faster by providing real-time insight into their virtualisation performance through graphical display.

For those clients working in open cloud environments, IBM says its new Power Integrated Facility for Linux will enables its clients to better exploit the reliability, scale and performance of enterprise class Power servers, and thus improve the quality of service and reduce costs when managing Linux systems.

 

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