Benefits of the PureFlex System

The pressure on reducing cost of procuring IT infrastructure has created a downward trend on technology vendors who are focusing their efforts on reducing total cost of ownership. As a result, organizations have access to more storage and more computing power than in years past. And they need it, too! The explosive rate of data growth in today’s IT ecosystem demands hardware that not only has more capacity, but can also process information faster. For the most part, technology vendors have done well meeting this demand at an infrastructure level. That said, it’s important to remember that keeping everything running efficiently is not merely a hardware problem; it’s a management problem.

This is particularly true for the many organizations that deploy their own private cloud to enable easier resource provisioning and better meet the needs of their end users. However, it’s easy to let complexity get the upper hand and turn into additional labor hours spent keeping the system running optimally. Fortunately, IBM’s PureSystems family of products simplifies infrastructure management. There are four main solutions within PureSystems, including the Flex System, PureFlex, PureApplication, and PureData.

Today, we want to highlight the PureFlex solution in particular. PureFlex unifies the management of storage, compute, and networking resources into one platform, which makes it easy to keep an eye on everything that happens in your system. There are several key advantages to utilizing PureFlex. In addition to reducing infrastructure management complexity—thereby freeing up staff for other tasks—the system leverages IBM’s built in patterns of expertise and is designed with pre-integrated components to streamline deployment.

Of course, today’s IT decisions need to be made with tomorrow’s needs in mind, which is why PureFlex is highly scalable. Here are a few of the relevant technical specs:

  • Up to 896 cores
  • 43 TB memory
  • 480 TB storage
  • 26M IO operations per second
  • Up to four chassis per rack (scalable to four racks)

The integrated resource pools and simple management interface allow for as much as a 50 percent reduction in management expenses. Considering that as much as 70 percent of the average IT budget goes toward managing existing infrastructure, this could open the door to new initiatives. At the very least, it could translate to less overtime.

For those interested in more information, IBM’s Getting Started with IBM i on an IBM FlexSystem Compute Node is a good resource for learning the concepts and taking steps toward optimal configuration.