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IBMs New Linux Servers Meet Big Data Needs

If your organization is looking for new hardware to handle virtualized servers or to meet big data needs

IBM has historically done a great job of capturing the large business market, but they’ve struggled more with making inroads with midmarket and enterprise organizations. That may all be about to change, as IBM has recently announced its new PowerLinux systems.

The PowerLinux systems are aimed squarely at midmarket and  enterprise customer that are looking for virtualization as well as big data solutions. These servers are preconfigured, and ready to go out of the box. Deployment time is greatly reduced when compared to a custom built server, whether it’s from IBM or from another vendor.

Under the hood

IBM’s PowerLinux servers use integrated components such as networking, storage, hardware, and software to meet exacting requirements for virtualization or big data.

The base server features IBM’s Power 7 processors and runs on Linux. A barebones system can provide solutions to an organization for as little as $20,000; a higher-end PowerLinux solution can be configured at $100,000 or above.

The IBM FlexSystem p24L server

One model in the PowerLinux line is the IBM FlexSystem p24L server. This server is one of IBM’s recent PureSystem servers. These integrated servers are quicker and easier to get into production than a custom-built server. The PureSystem line is aimed at midmarket and large businesses, making the IBM FlexSystem p24L a crossover of sorts.

Why Linux

IBM chose Linux for this new platform because of how well it’s able to manage workloads on Power processors. Apache Hadoop, for example, is able to execute its workloads faster on a Power processor than it would be on an x86 processor.

In addition, each core in the Power processor can run four threads, compared to the two threads each core can run in an x86 processor. The combination of Linux along with the Power processor makes these systems ideal, in many ways.

If your organization is looking for new hardware to handle virtualized servers or to meet big data needs, IBM’s PowerLinux servers are worth looking into.

Not only will they help you keep your budget under control, they offer better performance than many comparable solutions based on x86 processors.

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