IBM Systems and TechnologyHP Itanium Migration toIBM System xWhy move from HP Itanium to IBM?
2 HP Itanium Migration with IBM System xHighlightsG Oracle is the third software vendor, after Red Hat and Microsoft, to announce that they will no longer develop software for Itanium processors and will cease to support their products on ItaniumG HP has responded to declining support for Itanium by announcing Project Odyssey, a path for migrating mission critical workloads to Intel Xeon-based blades—“within the next two years.”1G IBM offers an x86-based solution for mission critical workloads today: The eX5 portfolio, designed for analytics, transaction processing, virtualization, and ERP applicationsG IBM can provide an assessment through the IBM Xinfrastructure Optimization (XIO) program to develop a low risk migration strategyMigrate to IBM System x to secure yourfuture “ If workload analysis determines thatHP Itanium products face a bleak future now that Oracle has x86 multicores can do the job, we suggestannounced that they will no longer develop software for Itaniumprocessors. This recent development has HP clients wondering that IBM’s System x line be evaluated.what they should do next. The future of HP Itanium is in ques- We ﬁnd it superior in terms of breadthtion, but HP does not offer an x86 solution for mission-critical and depth to Hewlett-Packard and Oracleworkloads today. With a proven, innovative IBM x86 solutionavailable now, it is time to begin a conversation about how x86 offerings for a variety of reasons—IBM can help secure your long-term IT strategy as well as save particularly in system design, conﬁgurationyou time, money and resources with a partner you can trust. offerings, and related systems software.”IBM is offering HP Itanium clients a low risk migration —Joe Clabby, President, Clabby Analyticssolution. Customers can switch to IBM eX5 servers withintelligent Intel Xeon processors through a minimal costmigration with an assessment from IBM® System x® LabServices provided through the IBM xInfrastructure Optimization(XIO) program. Clients will beneﬁt from IBM’s award winning Key beneﬁts of xInfrastructureconsulting services and industry-leading server systems Optimizationto achieve better performance, virtualization and energy Some of the possible beneﬁts of performing the xInfrastructureutilization than comparable HP Itanium based systems. Optimization assessment are: G Establish a business and technical justiﬁcation for pursuing initiatives and migrations within your environment G Establish a ﬁnancial roadmap for the timeline and effort required to meet your goals G Identify major technical challenges early on and develop mitigation strategies G Benchmark the current environment with industry peers
IBM Systems and Technology 3 Why should I choose IBM System x to run With the eX5 enterprise servers, IBM’s ﬁfth generation of the my business? industry leading enterprise x86 servers, IBM engineers have IBM System x solutions are the result of our approach redeﬁned X by radically expanding the capabilities of x86 servers, to building proven IBM innovation around industry-standard leveraging the deep history of IBM innovation. The new components. These solutions span feature-rich, scalable enter- eX5 servers emphasize three crucial design goals: prise x86 servers to rack-optimized servers designed for business productivity to entry-level tower servers. IBM differentiates G Maximize memory: eX5 systems offer memory capacity itself in the crowded x86 marketplace by offering high value, beyond the constraints of industry standard servers. The enterprise offerings that are easy to deploy and manage, unique System x capability to expand memory independently leadership quality and service, and leading technology. of the processor has unlocked an unprecedented amount of conﬁguration ﬂexibility. You no longer have to add another (underused and expensive) processor simply because you need more memory for your existing applications. In fact, if your“ To us, the biggest difference is in the amount applications (or your need for virtualization) require huge quantities of memory—more than the chassis can hold, in of memory that can be accessed by the operat- fact—eX5 allows you to expand the chassis with an external ing environment (to enable more virtual MAX5 memory chassis, for the most memory in the industry machines to be run), and by applications in each of these classes of servers. that want to place more data in memory eX5 systems also offer the industry’s only solution for high in order to process that data more rapidly. G performance internal storage. IBM eXFlash technology is an IBM’s system design and its innovations internal storage solution based on 1.8 inch solid state drives lead to the ability to install and exploit and performance-optimized disk controllers. A single eXFlash unit supports up to eight solid state drives, 240,000 random more memory than comparable HP’s read IOPS, and 1.6 TB internal storage. This exclusive servers. IBM’s 4 socket blades and its storage solution delivers signiﬁcantly higher analytics x86 rack designs show the same type of performance at a drastically lower cost when compared to traditional hard disk drives. characteristics—access to more memory, better memory management, better G Minimize cost: With the 2-socket System x3690 X5, System x (in our opinion) redundancy and availability has lowered the acquisition cost of enterprise servers, while preserving the ability to expand to much greater capabilities characteristics, and denser designs.” if and when needed. IBM doesn’t force you to buy everything up front, as some competitive systems do. You can extend —Joe Clabby, Clabby Analytics memory as you need it. And more memory means you can run more virtual machines (VMs) per processor, which helps lower your per-processor software licensing costs. See up to 50 percent savings in software licensing for the same number of VMs or database users or nearly twice the number of VMs (82 percent more) for the same license cost.2 G Simplify deployment: With single points of management and remote administration, eX5 systems are built for simpler qualiﬁcation, faster deployment and easier administration. eXFlash SSD technology allows you to drastically reduce cables and drives. IBM innovation helps set you apart from the competition. More affordable IT allows you to take cost out of IT and use those resources to fuel innovation in your own projects.