IBM has launched its Power E1080 server, the first in a line of servers built around its IBM Power10 7nm processor and designed for hybrid cloud environments. IBM executives told CRN in an interview that the new servers present a new “opportunity” for partners to present customers with a “more integrated” IBM that leverages its artificial intelligence, security and hybrid cloud capabilities at the processor level.
Steve Sibley, vice president of project management for IBM Power, told CRN in an interview ahead of IBM’s announcement on Wednesday that Big Blue had incorporated the capabilities of its Red Hat subsidiary to improve the automation of the business. infrastructure, offer more flexibility and agility.
“IBM is more integrated than ever,” said Sibley, “in our strategy and the way we work together, building on that aspect of the Red Hat platform and the ability to sell more capacity to our customers. to improve what they have – – this is a really great opportunity for our customers.
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For the thousands of IBM partners who serve the company’s Power installation base, the servers are a chance to add new offerings in private cloud computing, hybrid cloud computing, artificial intelligence, security and Red Hat products, Todd Grube, IBM vice president of Global Sales Partner, said CRN in an interview.
“This announcement, in my opinion, becomes one of the first really important points of proof of our larger IBM strategy,” Grube told CRN. “Our partners have an opportunity like never before to weave together the solutions our customers are looking for without having to switch platforms, without having to do a lot because the Power10 platform offers innovations and opportunities like never before. “
Shipments for the servers are expected to begin before October, according to Wednesday’s release.
Mark Wyllie, CEO of Flagship Solutions Group, an IBM partner based in Boca Raton, Fla., Told CRN that IBM updates are “always a good time for business.”
“Typically they come out when clients have increased the workload or when they need to increase the underlying power,” Wyllie said.
He told CRN that he was particularly excited about the machine learning capabilities of the servers and the security offered by the new encryption capabilities. Flagship invests its own resources in growing its cybersecurity, data analytics and Red Hat offerings by recruiting and training new employees.
“All of these hit the mark in terms of concerns or requirements that customers have and will need to have as they move forward,” he said.
The servers come with security enhancements and Red Hat hybrid cloud capabilities, according to a statement on Wednesday. Servers are intended to respond faster to business demands, protect data from core to cloud, streamline information and automation, and maximize uptime and reliability.
Power10 has four times more encryption engines per core than Power9, which means 2.5 times faster performance per core for AES encryption.
Servers have a consumption-as-you-go model, instant scaling, support for Quantum secure cryptography, advanced protection against return oriented programming (ROP) attacks, AI inference in the heart and machine learning where data resides; and advanced recovery, self-repair and diagnostic capabilities reducing application downtime, the statement said.
Using an IBM Power10 server with IBM’s cloud-based Power Virtual Server in a hybrid cloud format should allow users to reduce costs and time spent on refactoring by creating architectural consistency between resources. , allowing critical on-premises applications to move to the cloud as workloads and needs demand, the statement said.
The E1080 can scale with Power Private Cloud for Dynamic Capacity so that users can scale unused CPU capacity as needed and only pay for the additional resources used, “bringing a cloud-like payment model to the data center “, according to the press release.
The E1080 is the first on-premises system capable of supporting per-minute counting for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenShift.
And for artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, the E1080 supports IBM Auto-AI and codeless tools and the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX), according to the release.