Mathew Sheard passed this around today... Great summary of NextScale and positioning inside the IBM portfolio.
On September 10, IBM announced IBM NeXtScale System, a next-generation x86 platform optimized for the dense computing demands of scale-out environments, including cloud and technical computing. Engineered in IBM labs across the world, NeXtScale meets today’s IT challenges with a design that is simple in concept but powerful in benefits -- one architecture that supports servers, storage, GPUs, and more for clients of all sizes.
It is important for us to understand how to represent and position the NeXtScale, PureFlex, Flex System and System x portfolios.
Below are key messages that map client needs to the system capabilities:
- IBM NeXtScale–Density optimized system provides high density integration of x86 rack servers with bring-your-own networking. NeXtScale is ideal for rack migrations to scale-out clusters with application-level availability. Dense market estimated at 7% of the x86 server opportunity. Workloads: Scale-out Cloud, Technical Computing, Web 2.0, Grid Computing.
- IBM PureFlex System– Expert Integrated System provides the broadest integration of cross-platform servers, networking, storage and management. PureFlex System is ideal for clients looking for integrated infrastructure with rapid time to value with system-level availability. PureFlex and Flex Systems market estimated at 22% of the x86 server opportunity. Workloads: Cloud, Virtualization, Consolidation, Analytics, VDI, business applications like ERP.
- IBM Flex System–Blade replacement technology provides close integration of servers and networking switches. Flex System is ideal for blade to blade migrations, rack to blade and first-time blade buyers needing flexibility with system-level availability. PureFlex and Flex Systems market estimated at 22% of the x86 server opportunity.Workloads: Cloud, Virtualization, Consolidation, Analytics, VDI, business applications like ERP.
- IBM PureFlex System and IBM Flex System both feature system redundancy and availability features that are often required for enterprise workloads.
- IBM System x – Provides a comprehensive portfolio to address client workloads and wide range of servers providing flexibility to design the right solution. The System x market represents 61% of the x86 server opportunity. Workloads: Cloud, VDI, HPC, database, Big Data and more.
- IBM System x High End (eX5 Portfolio) – Provides performance and resiliency for x86 mission critical memory intensive workloads. Scalability of compute, network and I/O to efficiently meet growing needs. System x High End (4-socket +) market estimated at 13% of x86 server opportunity. Workloads: Memory intensive workloads requiring the highest memory scalability, analytics, virtualization and database performance.
- IBM System x High Volume (1 & 2-socket rack and tower systems) – Provides a full range of 1 & 2-socket rack and tower systems that meet customer requirements ranging from infrastructure requirements and distributed computing to mission critical applications. System x High Volume market estimated at 48% of the x86 server opportunity. Workloads: Virtualization, cloud, database, Big Data, web serving, infrastructure applications, HPC/Technical computing.