IBM's PowerLinux product line got a substantial upgrade onWednesday, as the company announced three new integrated offeringsand two Linux-specific servers. MORE ON IBM: IBM posts flat revenue, falling hardware sales The new big data analytics solution, according to Big Blue,leverages heavily optimized hardware and Apache Hadoop to providehigh performance. The company also rolled out a product designedfor SAP application delivery, which is advertised as providingfaster time-to-delivery and lower cost per workload than commodityhardware. An infrastructure services solution, aimed at controlling server sprawl in both the physical and virtual realms, was alsointroduced. Prices range from nearly $35,000 for the stand-alone big dataproduct up to $40,000 for a two-part data-node/management-nodesetup. |
The SAP delivery system is available for less than $22,000,though doubling of available RAM to 128GB and storage to around2.4TB pushes the price above $26,000, and the infrastructureservice module costs almost $21,000 with 3.55GHz of processingpower and less than $20,000 with 3.3GHz. These integrated packages, IBM said, are based on two dedicatedLinux server models - the p24L Compute Node is designed to workwith the company's new Flex System form factor, and the 7R2 Systemis set up as a standard 2U rack configuration. Both are powered bytwo sockets' worth of POWER7 microprocessors, and users have thechoice of running either Red Hat Enterprise Linux or SUSE LinuxEnterprise Server. IBM Power Systems general manager Colin Parris said in a statementthat the company is providing an alternative to IT decision-makerswho don't feel like they have enough options for the use ofopen-source business tools.
"As CIOs seek to transform their IT department from a cost centerto a strategic asset, many have a misconception that deployingLinux on x86 servers equipped with VMware software is their onlyoption for taking advantage of open source applications ," he said. IBM is one of several traditional IT powerhouses that have steppedup their open-source efforts in recent months - Microsoft recently introduced a dedicated subsidiary for that purpose - butBig Blue's role in the community dates back a lot farther thanmost, having introduced official Linux support in 1999. Email Jon Gold atand follow him on Twitter at@NWWJonGold. Read more about data center in Network World's Data Center section.
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