IBM unveils new power systems and storage systems

IBM has unveiled new power systems and storage systems that reportedly provide insights into big data, simplify data storage in the cloud, and can reduce costs through consolidation.

IBM has created a family of entry level and midrange Power Systems based on new POWER7+ processors. The new systems are optimized for IBM's analytics software, and use underlying technologies from the groundbreaking Watson system including POWER processors and big data analytics.

Previously available only on select enterprise IBM Power Systems, IBM is extending its POWER7+ technology to entry level and midrange systems to help clients build and deploy infrastructure for private and hybrid clouds. These systems come optimized for IBM's analytics software including Cognos and SPSS for business and predictive analytics.

IBM is rolling out eight new Power Systems for SMBs and growth market companies. New entry level systems include the Power Express 710, 720, 730 and 740 family of products. IBM has also introduced two new PowerLinux Systems - the 7R1 and 7R2 - now optimized for IBM InfoSphere BigInsights and InfoSphere Streams big data analytics software.

According to the company, clients can take advantage of an optional IBM Solution for WebSphere Mobile and Web Applications on PowerLinux to speed up application development for the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry. Two new Power Systems for midsized and large enterprises, the 750 and 760, are ideal consolidation platforms that centralize big data analytics and cloud workloads.

"Big data and cloud systems that were once only affordable to large enterprises are now available to the masses," said Rod Adkins, senior vice president, IBM Systems & Technology Group. "With these new systems, IBM is forging an aggressive expansion of its Power and Storage Systems business into SMB and growth markets."