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IBM offers smarter systems for performance and scalability

IBM offers smarter systems for performance and scalability

Big purchasing decisions can cause major headaches. Choices abound, and so do factors to consider when it comes to IT infrastructure selection. Often, businesses must select between performance or scale, due to limited options and budgetary restraints. To keep up with today’s fast-paced environment, companies need hardware and software solutions that scale flexibly and efficiently without sacrificing performance.

IBM is working to implement smarter systems—ones that deliver performance, scale easily and integrate more closely than ever with smarter software. And IBM tunes and integrates its systems to remove complexity—making IBM the smart choice for workload-optimized systems.

As clients start to look at smarter solutions that have healthcare companies digitizing records or energy companies installing two-way energy meters—where they go from reading once a month to every 15 minutes across hundreds of thousands of smart meters—you see this huge explosion not only in the amount of data they have to deal with but also the transaction rates against that data, says Jeff Howard, director of Power Systems* global marketing. An energy meter that used to provide one data point per month is now providing hundreds of data points from the home or business every 15 minutes. This means scalability—the capability to grow quickly and efficiently without disruption to the business—is now a key requirement.

These smart solutions also change the performance requirements. Systems must both be able to deal with the sheer capacity and throughput required for handling all of that data on a timely basis, and also analyze and process the data to provide insights. As a result, the energy company can, for example, offer a lower rate to clients who practice energy conservation in peak periods. “Being able to get to that data and gain insight quickly is very important. The additional intelligence can provide competitive advantage,” Howard says.

“This pay-as-you-grow concept is valuable because it gives clients insurance as they grow their workloads.” —Brian Sanders, director of System x marketing, IBM

Natalie Boike is a former IBM Systems Magazine managing editor.


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