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IBM Announces Big Data Analytics and Cloud Computing Solutions for SMBs

By Lionell Go Macahilig - on 8 Feb 2013, 4:08pm

IBM Announces Big Data Analytics and Cloud Computing Solutions for SMBs

IBM Power Systems

Hot on the heels of its recent agreement with Ingram Micro and TechData to resell its solutions for big data analytics and cloud computing, IBM has introduced new and cost-effective offerings to its Power, Pure, and Storage Systems portfolio which are targeted at small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

IBM’s latest models of entry-level and midrange Power Systems servers are powered by new POWER7+ processors. Capped with a starting price of US$5,947, these servers are designed to extend the benefits of big data analytics and cloud computing to SMBs. According to IBM, POWER7+ processors are a better platform for enterprise infrastructures than x86 chips because virtualization is integrated into the processor. Other platforms that are powered by POWER7+ CPUs include two new Power Linux Systems (7R1 and 7R2) and two new Power Systems (750 and 760).

IBM has also updated its PureSystems product line which consists of pre-configured components and servers. PureSystems is designed to simplify the deployment of applications on the cloud. A member of this family of solutions is PureSystems Application System which IBM positions as a low-cost offering for cost-conscious clients. Additional cloud solutions include Managed Service Provider (MSP) Editions for PureFlex and Flex Systems, and SmartCloud Storage Access software package.

In addition to these offerings, IBM also has the PureData System for Analytics by Netezza technology. This database system features 50% greater data capacity per rack and offers faster data processing.