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The Next Evolution


IBM's recently unveiled Systems agenda is intended to help clients accelerate their transformation to on demand business. IBM sees this new agenda as the natural evolution of the strategy the company began when it combined its server lines under the eServer umbrella in October 2000 and later brought together its server, storage and technology organizations. This agenda focuses on the process integration and openness that will enable customers and their partners to simplify their IT and drive collaboration in their environment. eServer Magazine discussed the July 26 announcements and their potential impact on the industry with Bill Zeitler, senior vice president and group executive of IBM Systems and Technology Group.


Q: How will the Systems agenda benefit clients?


A: Fundamentally, we want to empower clients to become on demand businesses. Clients are achieving breakthroughs in their industries by connecting all of their systems, people and processes together. But many struggle with the challenges of integrating their massively complex IT environments. This is extremely labor intensive, difficult, expensive, and a distraction from their core business objectives.


Already, clients are gravitating to new approaches that ease integration, such as multi core system-on-a-chip technology, virtualization, blades and the re-emergence of the mainframe as a shared systems paradigm. IBM is in a unique position to deliver solutions that enables clients to virtualize their systems and resources, commit to open and collaborate to innovate.


Q: What exactly did IBM announce in conjunction with the Systems agenda?


A: IBM announced a number of products and initiatives that reinforce our commitment to assist customers in integrating their business processes. New Virtualization Engine* capabilities simplify and integrate the IT environment with enhanced resource utilization, workload and performance management, and virtual access. IBM's virtualization solutions help large systems look small through partitioning, and scale-out servers look big and more manageable. This creates a simplified, virtual environment that can act in unison with the business and do so on demand. 


IBM is creating a collaborative organization and developer community focused on accelerating the expansion of blade solutions and the IBM and Intel* blade ecosystem. This organization will enable solutions that ease of adoption for our clients and speed time to market for IBM and IBM business partners.


IBM also unveiled its new mainframe, the IBM System z9. The mainframe has long been the standard-bearer for all systems, setting the agenda for the rest of the industry. For more than 40 years, it's been designed to virtualize and share resources in support of mixed workloads, multiple operating systems and applications. It provides tight integration, intelligent workload management and, most importantly, rich resilience, security features and efficiency. It can extend these industry-leading capabilities across the enterprise, serving as the hub for the business.



"This is a natural progression that has been happening over the past several years, and will continue moving forward." -Bill Zeitler, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Systems and Technology Group

Evelyn Hoover is the content director of IBM Systems magazine. She can be reached at



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