IBM updates server, storage portfolio

Big Blue updated its Power server line, launched a new high end storage system and gave its latest mainframe a software update.

IBM on Wednesday updated its Power-based servers, rolled out a new storage system and upgraded the software behind its latest mainframe.

IBM's latest mainframe gets a software update.

The moves cap a busy year for IBM's hardware portfolio. The company launched a new high-end mainframe and its PureSystems, which aim to combine hardware, software and integrated intelligence.

Among the moving parts:

  • IBM's Power 770 and 780 servers have the latest Power7+ processors, which boost performance by up to 40 percent based on Big Blue's benchmarks. Power7+ chips have more L3 cache memory, file encryption for IBM AIX and memory compression tools.
  • The Power 795 server, IBM's high-end system, can now handle up to 16 terabytes of memory.
  • Power servers have also been retooled to pool resources for cloud infrastructure and include IBM's latest virtualization and security software.
  • IBM also launched a new storage system dubbed System Storage DS8870. This storage unit features Power7 processors, 1TB of system cache and comes standard with self-encrypting drives. For tape storage, IBM also brought virtualization to its TS7700 Enterprise Virtual Tape Library System, which runs along with mainframes.
  • The software upgrade for zEnterprise EC12, which was announced in August, has the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator, which boosts analytics response times. IBM also added its new security sweet to surface any unusual activity.
  • Finally, IBM announced a software defined networking controller for its networking products.

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