IDC WHITE PAPER - IBM PureFlex System Ready for Cloud
Faster system deployment: Systems were deployed 33% faster.
Faster service delivery: Customer services were activated in
minutes or hours rather than weeks.
Enhanced system performance: System availability was close to
Lower cost of operations: Cost of operations was lowered by 37%.
Benefits: Companies in the study realized over $640,000 in benefits
related to improved infrastructure deployment, performance, and
Business Value Highlights
W H I T E P AP E R
I B M P u r e F l e x S y s t e m R e a d y f o r C l o u d
Sponsored by: IBM
Randy Perry Mary Johnston Turner
E X E C U T I V E S U M M AR Y
Cloud computing represents an opportunity for enterprise and service provider
datacenters to become more agile and flexible by using self-service infrastructure
provisioning; automated, dynamic resource pooling and scaling; and consumption-
based metering to improve accelerate cloud infrastructure configuration, provisioning,
and life-cycle management. IDC
estimates that combined enterprise
and service provider spending on IT
infrastructure hardware and software
for cloud datacenters will total more
than $42 billion worldwide by 2017.
Integrated systems, such as the IBM
PureFlex System, pre-integrate and
optimize software stacks with
compute, storage, network, and
management software resources to
enable optimal performance of
mission-critical applications and
workloads. Many IT organizations are
using integrated systems as core platforms to enable private clouds and public cloud
service delivery environments.
IDC interviews with several IBM customers and partners show that organizations
using IBM PureFlex System, as well as Flex System infrastructure building blocks, as
the infrastructure platform for cloud realized over $640,000 in benefits related to
improved infrastructure deployment, performance, and operational economics.
Faster system deployment: Pre-integrated systems optimized for either
general-purpose or specialized workloads were able to improve system ordering,
purchasing, and deployment by 33%.
Faster service delivery: Service providers that had already deployed integrated
systems into their service delivery environments were able to activate new
customer services in minutes or hours rather than having to wait six weeks or
more to purchase, integrate, and deploy new service-enabling infrastructure.