Expectations on the New System “very strong” by IBM pins

Wednesday, April 11th 2012. | Hardware News

bildeWith the computing world growing in complexity, IBM Corp. today is announcing a bid to simplify it.

IBM is launching a new system, called PureSystems, in hopes that information technology buyers will flock to a new category of “expert integrated systems” that bundles many functions into one machine through sophisticated software.

The Poughkeepsie IBM site is one of 17 that contributed software expertise to the $2 billion effort that occupied thousands of IBMers globally over four years. The hardware runs on Power chips that are a product of IBM’s East Fishkill site. But it also has versions that run on Intel’s chips.

Such flexibility is the key to the system.

“This is very powerful,” said Jim Stallings, IBM’s general manager for global markets in the Systems & Technology Group, which is the division that includes most of IBM’s Dutchess County employment. “Tens of thousands of applications can work on this system.”
Highly automated

It wraps serving, storage and networking capabilities along with built-in software into a highly automated system.

The goal is to cope with challenges faced by people who run computer systems that are now at the core of businesses, governments and institutions.

Consumers use many of these systems indirectly when their cellphone calls are routed, when they make purchases over the Internet, when they do online banking, and probably when they get their virtual paychecks.

The challenges, Stallings said, include power consumption and cooling, space requirements, and the time it takes to get systems running and able to communicate with each other. The merger movement often results in collections of disparate designs of systems and a costly complexity.

The hardware itself, called PureFlex, is being made in Rochester, Minn., but the software has authors in many sites. Six of the 100 patents for the software were contributed by Poughkeepsie engineers.

“Poughkeepsie was a big participant in this,” Stallings said.

Poughkeepsie makes mostly mainframes and high-end Unix or Power series systems, usually sold to IBM’s biggest clients.

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