IBM Introduces X6 Architecture, Optimizes x86-Based Servers For Cloud Hosting

ibm-servers-system-xBig Blue has announced the sixth generation of its enterprise X-Architecture for System x and PureSystems servers, providing significant improvements in the performance and economics of x86-based systems for cloud hosting and analytics.

Enterprises are rapidly adopting analytics for greater business insight and moving critical workloads like ERP, analytics and database to the cloud for increased efficiency and lower costs, according to IBM. The IBM X6 architecture is specifically designed to provide new levels of performance and resiliency for enterprise applications.

For memory-hungry applications, X6 would deliver three times the scalable memory of current competitors’ and IBM x86-based systems to support cloud hosting environments and analytics.

Key features of IBM’s X6 architecture include:

  • Speed – With integrated eXFlash memory-channel storage, this DIMM-based storage would provide up to 12.8 terabytes of ultrafast flash storage close to the processor, increasing application performance by providing the lowest system write latency available, essential for analytics applications. X6 would be able to provide significantly lower latency for database operations, which can lower licensing costs and reduce storage costs by reducing or eliminating the need for external SAN/NAS storage units.
  • Agility – With a modular, scalable design that supports multiple generations of CPUsand can reduce acquisition costs. X6 would provide stability and flexibility through forthcoming technology developments, allowing users to scale up now and upgrade efficiently in the future. Fast set-up and configuration patterns would simplify deployment and life-cycle management.
  • Resilience – With features that can help extend cloud hosting delivery models to mission-critical applications. Memory and storage increase virtual machine capacity to allow SaaS delivery of applications. Autonomous self-healing CPU and memory systems maximize application uptime by proactively identifying potential failures and taking action to correct them. In addition, Upward Integration Modules can help reduce the cost and complexity of system administration by allowing operators to perform management tasks through virtualization tools.

IBM Server models supported by this new architecture currently include the System x3850 X6 four-socket system, System x3950 X6 eight-socket system, and the IBM Flex System x880 scalable compute nodes. IBM also is introducing the System x3650 M4 BD storage server, a two-socket rack server supporting up to 14 drives delivering up to 56 terabytes of high-density storage.