IBM has launched a new range of System x servers and new software aimed at meeting demand for virtualisation technology.
The company said its own research showed that more than half of its x86 customers intend to deploy virtualisation technology before the end of the year.
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Traditionally x86 servers can each run only a single application, resulting in a low utilisation rate. But virtualised systems allow IT resources to be pooled and optimised across servers, making better use of IT assets.
The new range of System x scaleable servers – a development from IBM’s xSeries product line – features IBM’s Enterprise X-Architecture technology. The three high-performance systems in the range – System x3950, System x3850, System x3800 – are designed to deliver enterprise class capabilities for server consolidation and scalable database, enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management applications.
IBM has also launched a new Consolidation Discovery and Analysis Tool (CDAT), software that recognises untapped utilisation and hidden servers across users’ networks and helps identify opportunities to consolidate and virtualise x86 systems.
IBM is stepping up its efforts in the virtualisation market after its January acquisition of CIMS Lab, a leading provider of software that helps businesses track the use of computing resources across virtualised environments.