IDC - Enterprise Workloads on the IBM X6 Portfolio
January 2014, IDC #246008
Enterprise Workloads on the IBM X6 Portfolio:
Driving Business Advantages
Sponsored by: IBM
Enterprise information technology (IT) leaders are increasingly seeking to leverage IT to create a
competitive advantage in their market. In a business environment that is continually increasing in
velocity, IT is viewed as a method to speed delivery to market, to connect with customers, and to
improve workforce productivity. New trends and technology in social media, mobility, and cloud are
presenting additional opportunities for enterprise businesses to engage with clients, to enable
ubiquitous access to information and applications, and to provide new sources of data to analyze in
business decision making.
IT organizations are challenged to transform their IT environments to deliver on the promised
capabilities of the new era of cloud, or what IDC refers to as the 3rd Platform. This requires server
systems capable of running enterprise workloads and processing growing sets of data, yet still able to
deliver within the budget constraints of IT.
The IBM X6 portfolio is the sixth generation of IBM Enterprise X-Architecture (EXA), spanning 15 years of
server architecture research and development. These platform designs are based on the principle that
performance capabilities of large IBM systems can be applied to industry-standard servers, resulting in
increased performance, scalability, and availability. The IBM X6 systems leverage numerous innovations
and features that are designed to speed response times while lowering operational costs.
The IBM X6 systems leverage IBM's eXFlash memory-channel storage technology that provides the
application with an in-server memory-channel-based storage tier that is integrated with the processor
and improves latency. This can alleviate problems with bottlenecks associated with external shared
storage and speed response times. The IBM X6 systems are modular designs that not only deliver on
current IT capacity needs but also provide the ability to easily scale as future growth demands
necessitate. IBM X6 customers have the benefit of investment protection from the additional headroom
that can host multiple generations of technology in the same server.
Specific platform and
management features, including self-healing architectures, are designed to ensure maximum
application uptime, to provide ease of maintenance, and to integrate into virtual environments.
"Multiple generations" refers to the ability to swap out one generation for the next without replacing the server.
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