You’ve probably heard that IBM® and Lenovo have entered into a definitive agreement where Lenovo plans to acquire the IBM System x® server business.

Both IBM and Lenovo are dedicated to a larger vision for x86 systems. IBM has long been a leader in client focused innovation of System x servers and solutions, featuring Intel® Xeon® processors. Lenovo is committed to x86 computing and has a proven record of success, as evidenced by their #1 share position in PCs. By leveraging their strengths in scalability, operational efficiency and a broad channel presence, Lenovo will be able to ensure uninterrupted delivery of the innovative System x servers and solutions that IBM offers today. This will create the winning combination to make System x a leader in the x86 segment.

Until the deal reaches closure, Lenovo and IBM alike will continue to focus on their respective current product offerings, and both companies expect their existing operations including customer service and product availability to continue as usual.

After the deal closes, IBM will continue to provide maintenance delivery on Lenovo’s behalf for an extended period pursuant to the terms of a five-year maintenance service agreement with IBM. Customers who originated contracts with IBM should not see a change in their maintenance support for the duration of the customer’s contract.

 

Latest IBM System X6 Innovations

The recently announced X6 products provide leading performance, flexibility and reliability for the key mission-critical applications of your organization.

The IBM® Flex System® X6 Compute Node portfolio, implemented in IBM’s Flex chassis, includes the two-socket x280 X6, the four-socket x480 X6 and the industry’s first eight-socket blade server using Intel® Xeon® processors —the x880 X6. Featuring exclusive IBM X-Architecture® innovations and the latest Xeon E7 v2 processors, applications can run up to 100 percent faster than a previous generation four-socket system using the x480 X6 and up to 300 percent faster using the x880 X6. Scale up easily to four- or eight-sockets as your workload demands change all the way up to an x86 powerhouse that can access up to 12 TB of memory.

Maximise uptime with advanced resiliency—so your organisation can achieve the full potential of your business-critical applications, implement large virtual machines or run sizeable in-memory databases with greater performance, agility and resiliency.

IBM Flex System X6 Compute Nodes help deliver better performance and more cost-effective results with:

  • Faster application performance for improved analytics and decision-making capabilities
  • Reduced hardware and licensing expense
  • Simple infrastructure management for decreased IT sprawl as your business needs change
  • Superior RAS features for high availability
  • No-comprise building blocks of the IBM Flex System infrastructure

For more details – http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/au/x/x6/index.html

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