Based on IBM's (NYSE: IBM) Power7 servers, Big Blue's new pureScale Application System promises an optimized and fully integrated software and hardware package for analyzing data in real time and swiftly processing data-intensive transactions.
The new offering marks another salvo in IBM's battle with Oracle, taking on the database giant's Exadata offering with a combination IBM expects to appeal to customers looking to rev up their data analytics while making more efficient use of IT resources.
"Clients are increasingly investing in analytics to get business value and to differentiate themselves from their competitors," said Bernie Spang, IBM's director of product strategy. "These systems are pre-tuned, optimized already integrated to their software and hardware, enabling them to accelerate their solutions."
IBM pureScale Application System combines the Power7 servers with its WebSphere application server and DB2 pureScale software to give, for example, utility companies real-time data to ensure electricity is quickly and adequately delivered and monitored throughout the grid.
Spang said IBM's Smart Analytics Systems 5600 with System x is now available and the 9600 version for System z mainframes will be rolled out later this quarter, joining the already available 7600 version.
The new offerings include integrated Cognos and InfoSphere data warehousing software for reporting, analysis, giving customers the ability to analyze multiple business variables to discover previously unknown relationships between data sets.
The new System x and System z models will also offer customers a solid state drive option for improved processing speed.