According to Wayne Goss, business unit executive for Power Systems, enterprise CIOs are faced with the need to manage soaring levels of data combined with a demand for secure mobile access to enterprise systems which is “Forcing them to create IT systems a bit differently.” Mr Goss said that the new hardware, storage and software solutions which were being released today were squarely focussed on “security, scalability and flexibility.”
He said that the bulk of the products announced today would be available from 19 October.
The “entry level” Power servers are the 770 and 780 servers which IBM claims are 40 per cent faster than their predecessors and comprise 64 and 128 processors apiece. The new top end Power 795 server meanwhile features 256 processors and 16 terabytes of memory.
The three levels of server are intended to allow companies to wind up or down access to computer power depending on their current business needs.
In terms of local users, Toyota Australia is an existing use of previous Power servers, and Mr Goss said he expected the company to look at an upgrade to the new machines in 2013. A further three local organisations were already kicking the tires of the new kit he said.
Core vertical sectors for the new products are financial services (NAB for example uses Power servers in the private cloud that IBM is building for it), distribution and industrial, and some of the larger Government departments, he said. The 770 model meanwhile would be sufficient for manufacturing businesses and mid tier enterprises.