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Enhanced PurePower Puts Clients Ahead of the Pack

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The cadence of business is speeding up, spurring the need for systems to change with alacrity. These days, the “I” in IBM represents innovation in addition to international as the company seeks to expand ecosystems, open up innovation and respond faster to client needs. PurePower System* technology is a perfect example of that focus.

Quick response is the genesis of the PurePower System concept, which was launched in the first quarter. IBM knows from listening to clients that they’re under pressure to be more agile and to move their operations to cloud-based delivery models. Clients have made it plain what they like and don’t like about past IBM converged systems. The PurePower System offering reflects client desires combined with IBM know-how.

From taking PurePower out of the box to actual deployment takes 90 minutes

The concept of converged infrastructure systems is simple: IBM combines compute, storage and networking resources with a common set of software tools to easily provision and manage the system, eliminating the need for clients to pre-cable, pre-configure and pre-test the system themselves. Clients can be up and running and ready to deploy workloads on PurePower in hours, not days. When combined with IBM’s world-class, comprehensive, single-point-of-contact support, clients benefit from a system that solves many of the technological and organizational challenges posed by the traditional siloed, piecemeal approach.

“Many significant industry shifts have occurred since IBM brought its previous converged infrastructure system to market five years ago,” says Marc Richardson, offering manager, Power* scale-out systems. He identifies the shifts as the explosion of data as the new natural resource, the acceleration of cloud as the predominant deployment model and the pervasive adoption of the open-development model including the OpenPOWER Foundation. “These dramatic shifts changed the IT landscape and will continue to do so at an increasingly rapid pace,” he adds.

Compared with previous converged infrastructure offerings, PurePower System delivers on the standardization and time-to-value advantages that are core to any converged offering, but with much greater flexibility, an increased capacity for more rapid innovation and a strong commitment to open standards.

New Enhancements

The PurePower System was designed to deliver innovation more rapidly—and with enduring flexibility—compared to previous converged infrastructure designs. As part of the emphasis on rapid innovation, IBM is releasing enhancements this month to improve users’ experience of the system, Richardson says. These changes include adding IBM i to the PurePower System family as well as significant updates in features and functionality that will make the system more sophisticated and user friendly. “These changes are showing IBM’s dedication to the platform and to the concept,” he says. “We are driving additional investment and features into the platform very quickly. We aren’t going to wait a year for updates.”

The November general availability release of PurePower includes these three valuable enhancements:

  1. PurePower System will begin supporting IBM i in the fourth quarter on the S822 compute node, providing more client choice and OS flexibility than any other converged infrastructure offering on the market, Richardson says. The addition of IBM i completes the application environment that already supported Linux* and AIX*.
  2. IBM has made enhancements to the firmware inventory and compliance process. To make that job easier, IBM is adding firmware compliance alerting capabilities to the systems management console known as PurePower Integrated Manager. Users can easily determine if the system firmware levels are current. If they aren’t, it will highlight where action is required to bring the system into compliance. “These capabilities take the guesswork out of the equation and free data center personnel to work on other more important tasks,” Richardson says. Significant additional enhancements to this process are planned for the near future.
  3. IBM is increasing flexibility and increasing availability by adding a virtual hardware management console (vHMC) to the PurePower System. Currently, HMC runs as a physical instance on a single management node. “By virtualizing it to run in a hypervisor on both management nodes of the system, we are also enabling management node redundancy,” Richardson says. “Virtual HMC and failover management improves system reliability, availability and serviceability, giving clients increased confidence that their systems will always be available and manageable.”

Shirley S. Savage is a Maine-based freelance writer. Shirley can be reached at savage.shirley@comcast.net.



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