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.