IBM launches Power System servers, storage, licensing tweaks for hybrid cloud

IBM, already gunning for more hybrid cloud deployments, rounds out its stack of hardware and software for enterprises.

IBM on Monday rolled out new Power System servers, storage software and revamped software licensing designed for hybrid cloud deployments.

Big Blue's strategy for the cloud revolves around a hybrid model that includes public and private deployments as well as its stack of hardware and software.

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The aim for IBM is to use these hybrid deployments, primarily based on OpenStack, and provide on-ramps to its SoftLayer infrastructure as well as managed services.

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At its Edge conference in Las Vegas this week, IBM will detail the following:

  • Power System E850, a 4-socket system that includes up to 70 percent guaranteed utilization. The goal for this system is to enable the delivery of multi-tenant workloads and allowing for access to in-memory data.
  • Power System E880, a system that can scale to 192 cores. IBM sees this system for big data workloads.
  • PurePower System, a converged infrastructure system that's managed with OpenStack and has zero documented vulnerabilities.
  • Spectrum Control Storage Insights, software defined storage software for optimizing hybrid clouds.
  • XIV GEN 3, a system that uses IBM's storage compression software to store more data without additional hardware. This system competes with EMC's VMAX.
  • Big Storage Technology, a technical preview designed to be a cloud archive service.
  • Rocket Data Access Service on Bluemix for z Systems, which provides a development platform for mainframes connected to mobile apps as a front end.

Those moving hardware parts are notable, but IBM's licensing strategy may have more impact. IBM said most of its software is available for monthly licensing. For instance, WebSphere Application Server starts at $166 a month per core. IBM said customers can move licenses between on-premises, public and private clouds as needed.

IBM said it will create a portal where customers can manage their software license footprint.

Cloud deployments including the public cloud often get tricky due to licensing requirements, according to Principal Financial CIO Gary Scholten. Here's a recap and video of what Scholten had to say.

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