IBM today unveiled a new family of PureSystems that dynamically allocates system resources based on the type of application workload running on the system at any particular moment. Based on x86 and Power Series processors, the new family of PureSystems is the first instance of what IBM refers to as "expert integrated systems."
According to Bernie Spang, director of strategy and marketing for IBM Software, PureSystems is an attempt by IBM to fundamentally change the economics of IT. These systems, says Spang, are not only much simpler to manage, they also dramatically reduce the amount of time it takes to deploy applications from months to a matter of weeks and days. In addition, all the servers, storage and networking components that make up the systems can all be managed via one integrated management console.
IBM is trying to reduce the amount of time and money spent on IT operations as part of an effort to make more funds available for building new applications. The degree to which customers will reallocate those savings to new IT projects remains to be seen as they may opt to simply drop that savings to their bottom line. In either scenario, the number of systems that can be managed per administrator should substantially increase, which in effect is making greater use of automation to reduce the cost of IT labor.
IBM says it has spent over $2 billion the last four years to give PureSystems the ability to dynamically adjust to different application workload patterns. Initially, the systems are designed to immediately recognize classes of application workloads, which they then learn about in more detail the longer the application workload runs on a particular system.
A key technology involved in making that happen, says Spang, is IBM Application Workload Deployer software that organizes various application images into classes of application workloads that PureSystems recognizes.
In many ways, PureSystems represents a move back to the future in that it consists of pre-integrated systems that will remind many of the venerable AS/400 platform. At the same time, these systems rely on unprecedented amounts of IT automation to unify the management of systems and applications in a way that many IT organizations may have never thought possible.