by Lyle Smith

IBM PureSystems Will Set the Stage for the Next Era of Computing

IBM has announced a new category of "expert integrated systems,” taking a major step forward in a new, simpler era of computing by being the first family with built-in expertise based on IBM's decades of experience running IT operations for tens of thousands of clients in 170 countries. PureSystems is the result of $2 billion in R&D and acquisitions over four years, with its goal to integrate all IT elements, both physical and virtual offering clients an alternative to today’s enterprise computing model.

One of the biggest challenges that companies face worldwide is the need to spend 70 percent or more of their IT budgets on simple operations and maintenance, which, as a result, hurts innovation. According to a recent study by IBM, two-thirds of corporate IT projects are completed over budget as well as behind schedule. Additionally, the study discovered that only one in five corporate IT departments have the ability to spend the majority of their IT budget on innovation.

With the new PureSystems family, IBM is unveiling three major advances that allow businesses to cut the high costs and complexity associated with managing information technology:

  • “Scale-In” System Design: With PureSystems, IBM is introducing a new concept in system design that integrates the server, storage, and networking into a highly automated, simple-to-manage machine. Scale-in design provides for increased density – PureSystems can handle twice as many applications compared to some IBM systems, doubling the computing power per square foot of data center space.
  • Patterns of Expertise:  For the first time, IBM is embedding technology and industry expertise through first-of-a-kind software that allows the systems to automatically handle basic, time-consuming tasks such as configuration, upgrades, and application requirements.
  • Cloud Ready integration: Out of the box, all PureSystems family members are built for the cloud, enabling corporations to quickly create private, self-service cloud offerings that can scale up and down automatically. 

With its scale-in design, PureSystems integrates and optimizes all of the data center's critical components, such as system networking, storage, compute, and management, while providing a single-view management system. As a result, the system is intuitive to set up and can be far less expensive to maintain and upgrade. 

The heart of PureSystems is its new software capability, which enables operational proficiency and the knowledge to be built directly into the systems. This method translates technology expertise into reusable, downloadable packages.

Patterns are available in three categories:

  • IBM Patterns: Built-in at the factory and created based on knowledge gleaned from IBM’s smartest IT managers, engineers and technology experts, these sets of patterns are designed to automate time-consuming tasks such as configuring, deploying and upgrading applications - applications that used to take days to deploy can now be rolled out in hours, for example. 
  • ISV Patterns: IBM has teamed with more than 125 independent software vendors to offer applications that are certified “PureSystems Ready.” A new online catalogue of ISV Patterns, PureCentre, radically simplifies how applications are purchased, deployed and managed. For example, a customer relationship management program that used to take three days to deploy can now be deployed in under one hour.
  • Customer Patterns: IT organizations can package the knowledge of their own handcrafted applications into a Pattern. As a result, a company that is interested in expanding into new markets can do so even when skills are not readily available in new regions or markets.  

With PureSystems, IBM plans to completely integrate all of the technology components needed to set up a private cloud system within minutes. The combination of virtualized servers, storage and networking found in PureSystems with cloud management software gives IT organizations a cloud system in a box. Additionally, the PureSystems cloud is delivered with built-in, no single point of failure security. 

IBM has also included a cloud self-service and provisioning interface directly into PureSystems to drastically accelerate the use of the cloud. For example, a developer can use the self-service feature to configure a cloud environment application without any help from the IT department.  PureSystems will then sense and respond to the needs of the running applications and services and will decide how to best deploy IT resources, all the while ensuring maximum efficiency, performance, and control.

Additionally, PureSystems integrates the same foundational technologies and software used in IBM’s public SmartCloud Services offerings. This results in the sharing of common capabilities and interfaces. Application developers can also use IBM SmartCloud Services to create and test new applications. 


The PureFlex System and PureApplication System are planned to ship this quarter.

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