IBM Introduces New Software To Help Clients More Effectively Manage Cross-Platform Virtual Servers, Reduce Data Center Costs

ARMONK, N.Y. – 21 Jul 2009: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced new systems software for managing virtualized servers, designed to help clients plan, build and maintain data centers while reducing costs. IBM is also helping clients protect their long-term investments in Power Systems™ by announcing an upgraded path to its next-generation servers that will include POWER7 microprocessors.

The new systems software –IBM Systems Director VMControl– gives clients a tool to manage heterogeneous virtual servers. It allows users to discover, display, monitor and locate virtual resources; create and manage virtual servers; and deploy and manage workloads with a common interface across IBM System z (®) mainframes, System x (®) x86-based servers, BladeCenter(®), and Power Systems AIX(®), Linux(®) and i platforms.

Management of virtualized servers is a key priority for businesses and can help make them more efficient, orchestrated, and effective. The new IBM software provides lifecycle management of virtual servers, with its ability to create, modify and delete virtualized resources, as well as move them to other locations.

VMControl is part of the IBM Systems Director family of software for the management of IBM servers, storage and networking, and provides automatic discovery, as well as monitoring and updates for physical and virtual resources. Systems Director can help businesses maintain the performance and availability of their servers and simplify operations in a dynamic infrastructure.

“IBM is serious about addressing clients’ needs for virtualization management,” said Scott Handy, vice president, IBM Power Systems. “The new VMControl software helps clients reduce total cost of ownership and provides them with the tools needed to both better manage and get more business value out of their heterogeneous virtual computing environments.”

Protecting Client Investments in Power Systems Technology

Committed to protecting customer investments, IBM also announced an upgrade path to the next-generation of Power Systems based on the POWER7 microprocessor. In addition to existing customers, clients can purchase a POWER6™ based 570 or 595 server today, and can then easily upgrade their existing system when POWER7 becomes available.

A Power 595 or 570 system upgrade can be accomplished during planned downtime by simply replacing the processors, memory and system controllers with new POWER7 components within the existing system frame. POWER7 processors will offer two to three times the performance of POWER6 using the same amount of energy (and will be available in four, six and eight-core varieties).

For either system, once upgraded to POWER7, applications from POWER6 systems can be moved to the newly upgraded Power 595 or Power 570 servers using IBM’s PowerVM™ Live Partition Mobility or AIX Live Application Mobility software, without impacting availability of the applications.

The new POWER7-based systems will include PowerVM virtualization enhancements, allowing clients to consolidate up to 1,000 virtual machines per system. The systems will use 45-nanometer technology for the new processor and will feature coordinated upgrades across other technology components, including firmware and systems software.

TCO Center of Excellence

Capitalizing on the strength of IBM’s Power Systems Migration Factory, which has helped more than 1,750 clients move from competitive systems to Power in the last three years, IBM also introduced a TCO Center of Excellence to help customers reduce server sprawl and overall infrastructure costs by eliminating under-utilized UNIX and x86 servers. Power Systems and IBM’s PowerVM virtualization software are specifically designed to support the consolidation of multiple workloads on a single server.

Many customers want to reduce total cost of ownership and have recognized Power as a superior platform to host multiple workloads needing consistent performance with scalability and high reliability, availability and serviceability. With the new TCO Center of Excellence, IBM experts will assist consolidation planning for clients by analyzing the opportunity, identifying potential areas of savings, and offering financing and leasing recommendations.

Using the IBM Migration Factory and other IBM services, thousands of customers have already moved to IBM servers from HP, Sun and other competitors, improving performance and at the same time reducing the cost of running their businesses.

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