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Power Systems Delivers the Balance Today’s Businesses Need

April 23, 2014

This blog post was written by David Bruce, an IBM category marketing manager responsible for enterprise systems (Enterprise Power Systems and zEnterprise). He works with Power Systems and System z marketing and development teams to help identify and communicate the capabilities and benefits of IBM enterprise systems to clients.

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Our world is changing. Big data, cloud computing, mobile and social media technologies are all transforming the landscape of how businesses run their applications. The exploding number of smartphones, phablets and other mobile devices is reshaping how businesses interact with their customers, partners and employees. The rise of these technologies is creating exponential data growth as well as the need to store and manage this data. We generate 500 million DVDs of data daily—and 80 percent of it is unstructured. There will be 1 trillion connected devices by 2015 and when those users contact a business through social media, they will expect a response within five minutes.

ScalesSo how do we deal with all this? Balance. Heraclitus described the concept of balance as “the road up and down is one and the same.” Our IT infrastructure requires balance to support a whole new class of applications optimized for these new consumption models. It requires a balanced design to manage the new mix and volume of data. And, most importantly, it requires the balance to adapt with our business—to be the single road used in traveling different routes. Choosing the right architecture for your systems needs to be based on your business processes and the applications you need to run.

Fit for Purpose Architecture

It’s important to choose the type of deployment that works for your business processes as opposed to force-fitting your processes on a single type of deployment. The Power Systems platform offers scale-up and scale-out capabilities while still enabling you to run a single OS, use a single set of skills and have the simplicity of a single architecture. The Power architecture offers you the ability to align technology to your business needs as opposed to forcing your business needs to fit the technology.

Built with the first processor that is truly designed for big data, Power Systems servers provide flexibility and choice for organizations of all sizes to turn massive volumes of raw data into actionable business insights.

Three key differences suggest the Power Systems architecture is the ideal choice for today’s businesses and business applications:

  • Balanced design:The Power Systems architecture offers a balanced design of the following key components:

        -   Processor (cache on processor chip and cache near the processor chip)

        -   I/O bus designed to bring data in

        -   Storage with I/O bandwidth design to move data in and out

        And with Coherent Accelerator Processor Interface, the platform offers new capabilities for         optimizing a system for a specific application mix. A balanced design and the ability to adapt         are critical for analytics and crucial to successfully run hundreds of diverse applications at one         time.

  • Innovation:As part of an open server ecosystem, the Power platform is ideal for business innovation. Continuous community innovation offers significant advantages in delivering on today’s—and tomorrow’s—needs. Check out this video to hear a perspective from leading IBM research engineers.
  • Systems of record or systems of engagement integration: In today’s world, two types of business systems are emerging, systems of record and systems of engagement, with systems of record being the core business applications like ERP or CRM and the new customer-facing mobile, social and Web applications being the systems of engagement. The Power Systems platform offers the ability to run both types of applications on the same system while also bringing enterprise computing capabilities to systems of engagement. Stay tuned for my next blog post, which will explore the scale-up and scale-out capabilities of the Power Systems architecture in more detail through the perspective of systems of record and systems of engagement.

Infrastructure Matters

The choice you make in your IT infrastructure can make a big difference in not just being able to easily and cost-effectively deliver solutions today, but as you look towards building a balanced and optimized infrastructure to carry your organization into the future. For more details on these new first-generation systems IBM has announced this week, read our press release or watch our Open Innovation to Put Data to Work webcast.

How are you handling your business systems and their related IT infrastructure in your enterprise? I would love to hear your comments on how Power Systems architecture is helping to run your applications today and in the future.


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