IBM and the challenge of systems design

IBM and the challenge of systems design

Summary: In the past, systems could be designed for a single purpose. Although every system design is a set of compromises, it was possible to partially optimize a system design for a specific purpose. Today, system architects have been forced to try to build "do-everything-well" machines. IBM's announcements show its long history in system design.

TOPICS: Hardware

What does this have to do with IBM's announcements?

IBM announced new zEnterprise systems, Power Systems, and new storage systems that clearly are designed to be mixed and matched to make virtualized and cloud-focused applications perform well. Processing, memory, storage and network capabilities have been enhanced by including a significant amount of intelligence. This allows systems to adapt to an ever-changing workload and still perform well.

Furthermore, IBM's management tools have the capability to look into each of these resources and help organizations understand how their operational resources are being used.

While recent announcements from Dell, HP and Oracle/Sun also show a similar focus, IBM's long history of systems, memory, storage, network and storage systems design shows.

Topic: Hardware


Daniel Kusnetzky, a reformed software engineer and product manager, founded Kusnetzky Group LLC in 2006. He's literally written the book on virtualization and often comments on cloud computing, mobility and systems software. In his spare time, he's also the managing partner of Lux Sonus LLC, an investment firm.

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