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IBM Simplifies and Speeds IT Operations for Small and Mid-Size Businesses With New Innovative Systems
IBM's Leading "All-in-One" IT System Delivers POWER5+ Boost; Helps Promote Solutions Innovation by Simplifying Deployment of Jav
|By Marketwired .
|January 31, 2006 02:00 PM EST
ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 01/31/06 -- IBM today announces the next generation of its
leading "all-in-one" IT platform for small and mid-size businesses -- the
System i5 line -- with major advances to help simplify IT operations. The
new System i5 line helps small and medium businesses mask the complexity of
IT operations, delivers excellent performance, and helps promote solutions
innovation with broad application choices across four operating systems.
IBM is delivering the System i5 line with its leading POWER5+ processor, a
dual-core "system on a chip" that runs at speeds up to 2.2 GHz, and shows
up to a 33 percent increase in performance over the current POWER5-based
IBM is introducing a new version of its integrated operating system, i5/OS
V5R4, plus extending greater flexibility to run Linux, AIX 5L and Microsoft
Windows applications on the same system(1). i5/OS V5R4 delivers enhanced
security and disaster recovery features that help companies promote
continuous operations and make outages of any kind -- planned or unplanned
-- transparent to their business.
Because small and mid-size businesses have fewer IT staff, the System i5
platform is designed as an "all-in-one" IT system. It comes prepackaged
with the hardware and software needed to run business applications -- the
database, application servers, operating system, networking, security and
management tools, plus storage.
"The System i5 platform sets a new standard for simplicity and application
flexibility that strongly resonates with IT managers in small to mid-sized
businesses," said Mark Shearer, IBM System i5 general manager. "Today's
news combined with our System i5 Initiative for Innovation shows that IBM
is focused on continuing to help small and medium companies gain a strong
return-on-investment as they deploy new applications they need to help grow
Additional new features that help simplify IT operations for small and
medium businesses include:
-- Extended Microsoft Windows Integration. IBM is previewing the future
integration of IBM BladeCenter and xSeries to System i5 storage via an
open, industry-standard iSCSI connection. This will give customers an
easier and more flexible way to integrate and manage multiple Intel-based
systems from the System i5 platform.
-- Enhanced security and compliance options. With i5/OS V5R4, new
auditing and intrusion detection capabilities help companies protect
against network attacks such as scanning for open TCP/IP ports.
-- Virtual Tape support helps promote continuous operations. With
virtual tape support in V5R4, companies can now save directly to disk
instead of a tape drive. By enabling faster save operations, companies can
help reduce the time their applications are unavailable during backup
-- New easy-to-use database management tools. The DB2 UDB database is an
integrated feature of i5/OS. Now with new i5/OS V5R4 integrated database
management tools, a database administrator can help more quickly identify
and correct database performance problems and reduce time spent on day-to-
day database maintenance
-- Simpler integration with IBM Storage Area Networks. IBM offers both
integrated storage and SAN-attached options for the System i5 platform.
The IBM TotalStorage DS8000 and DS6000 offer technology that is scalable,
flexible and easy to manage. With the new i5/OS V5R4 boot from SAN
capability, companies can help further simplify the deployment and
operations of their storage, starting the operating system directly from
the IBM SAN server.
Additional new features that help promote solutions innovation for small
and medium businesses include:
-- New 32-bit Java Virtual Machine helps reduce the cost of deploying
Java applications. i5/OS has been a fully 64-bit operating system since
1995. A new 32-bit JVM in i5/OS V5R4, however, enables small companies to
reduce memory costs required to deploy Java applications.
-- New options to deploy SOA applications. Many small to mid-sized
businesses implementing a Services Oriented Architecture (SOA) want to make
their existing applications available as a web service, or alternatively
access Web-services from their business processing applications. Now i5/OS
V5R4 incorporates open source Apache Axis application programming
interfaces (APIs) to help enable simpler integration between i5/OS
applications and SOA Web-services.
-- New Capacity on Demand features help support business growth. Now
available for the first time on the IBM System i5 520 2-way model, this
feature enables companies to switch-on the second processor either
temporarily, to handle peaks in business processing requirements, or
permanently to support business growth. Capacity on Demand is ideal for
companies who need the flexibility to add new applications without
incurring the costs of managing a second server.
-- IBM Accelerator for System i5 opens more options to deploy new
applications. One of a number of Capacity-on-Demand features for the System
i5, the Accelerator helps boost performance on systems designed for small
businesses. It enables small companies simply to add capacity to run Web-
enabled and groupware solutions on the same system as their core business
applications. Running multiple applications on a single server helps small
businesses optimize and integrate their IT operations, helping them avoid
the costs of running multiple, under-utilized servers, each dedicated to a
-- New WebFacing Deployment Tool to help extend applications to browser-
based users. With the new WebFacing Deployment Tool, IBM integrates the
deployment of its two most popular Web-enablement tools -- IBM WebFacing
and IBM Host Access Transformation Server -- with a single run-time
providing seamless operations for browser-based users.
Kevin Dunn, IT manager at Shambaugh & Son, an engineering firm and
long-time iSeries customer, reports that in tests i5/OS V5R4 has enabled
his organization to increase functionally on the system, which supports
four sister companies, and is easier to use. "We have been testing i5/OS
V5R4 on our system and have experienced noticeably better performance with
no downtime," said Dunn. "We love what the new operating system delivers."
The enhanced POWER5 microprocessor technology for System i5 products is
available on all models -- 520, 550, 570, and 595 -- and is planned to ship
on February 14, 2006. Integration of BladeCenter and System i5 is planned
to be available to customers in May 2006. Various financing options are
available for any of the iSeries products to help provide clients a simple
way to add capacity and leverage their IT investment. For more information
About the IBM System i5
The IBM System i5 platform is a tightly integrated system including
hardware, middleware, storage and security. The System i5 platform can run
i5/OS, Windows (via an integrated Intel-based server option), Linux and AIX
5L operating environments simultaneously so clients can reinvest those
savings to help grow their business. Business partners and solutions
providers of all sizes drive System i5 platform success by building,
selling and deploying over 6,400 of the world's most popular business
applications for their clients on the System i5 platform.
IBM Systems and Technology Group
IBM systems and technologies facilitate the sharing of servers, storage and
networking resources to create true on demand operations that enable
businesses to collaborate more efficiently and securely. IBM Systems and
Technology Group delivers innovative solutions for the increased
collaboration between companies and institutions that has begun to blur the
traditional lines of information technology. New technologies like
virtualization, open standards and encryption help organizations and
partners share information in real-time and collaborate seamlessly on
innovative applications ranging from designing automobiles and aircraft to
discovering new medicines.
IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80 years of
leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from across
IBM and key IBM Business Partners, IBM offers a wide range of services,
solutions and technologies that enable customers, large and small, to take
full advantage of the new era of on demand business. For more information
about IBM, visit http://www.ibm.com.
(1) The System i5 platform can run Microsoft Windows via an integrated
Intel-based server option.
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