I’ve been enjoying the IBM Impact 2012 conference this week at the Venetian Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. IBM bills the event as “The Premier Conference for Business and IT Leadership,” but it has really been mostly about PureSystems.
So what is PureSystems? IBM describes it as “a new category of expert integrated systems” and “a major step forward in a new, simpler era of computing.” OK, but what is it?
At a high level you can think of PureSystems as pre-configured hardware with pre-installed software. Basically, you buy it, plug it in, and it works. There is a bit more to it which we’ll get to in a moment, but the “bit more” simplifies things.
Steve Mills, Sr. VP and Group Executive of Software Systems at IBM explain it this way: Organizations are spending more and more on the human side of IT… on things like administration and configuration. Seventy cents of every dollar spent on IT is being spent on labor. While the cost of hardware declined, the cost of managing it has climbed. PureSystems is about reducing that 70%.
And that is a noble goal, indeed.
The PureSystems initiative began 4 years ago and IBM is rolling it out big time starting in April 2012 and continuing this week at the IBM Impact event. PureSystems is the end result of $2 billion in research, development and acquisitions.
Pure Systems is deployed with “Scale-In” System Design. PureSystems integrates the server, storage, and networking into a highly automated, simple-to-manage machine. With Pure Application Systems the software is added (WebSphere, DB2, and embedded monitoring and management software based on Tivoli. According to Beth Smith, VP of WebSphere at IBM there are 4 power cords and 4 network cords. Plug them in and go, that’s it!
PureSystems also delivers what IBM calls Patterns of Expertise. That means that IBM embeds technology and industry expertise through software that allows the systems to automatically handle basic, time-consuming tasks such as configuration, upgrades, and application requirements. So the base system has no applications, but the patterns enable the applications.
On Monday (April 30th) at the conference IBM announced a new Virtual Pattern Kit to enable clients and business partners to convert technology expertise into reusable, downloadable packages of their own. This complements the patterns that are already being created by both IBM and more than 125 other ISVs. Once designed, these patterns are embedded directly into the PureSystems machines to automate a wide range of manual and administrative IT tasks.
IBM also touts out-of-the-box cloud ready integration. All PureSystems family members are built for the cloud, enabling corporations to quickly create private, self-service cloud offerings that can scale up and down automatically.
Organizations looking to reduce the cost of management and administration of their Linux, Unix, and Windows environments would do well to investigate what IBM PureSystems can do for them!