A recent whitepaper from TBR highlights the customer centric approach we took with the creation of the eX5 line. We really believe it is important to address customer concerns and felt we had to offer a balanced, high performance, scalable product. From the paper:
Because business needs have changed so dramatically since the release of fourth-generation System x Enterprise X servers in early 2008 – and the System x team wanted to directly address current needs – the team sought to gather and incorporate direct customer feedback in its fifth-generation of Enterprise X machines, the System x eX5. Customers’ priorities quickly became apparent: They desired a server family that was simpler to manage, more flexible and well balanced – and that provided a superior value.
“Customers said, ‘We need more memory versus more sockets,’” Alex Yost, IBM Vice President and Business Line Executive for System X told TBR in an interview. “They said, ‘We need more balanced systems.’” Based on this and other knowledge gained from the 22-city tour, the team set out to design a family of servers that would provide a great deal more flexibility, not only in terms of pricing and performance, but also in the ability to scale processor counts and memory capacities.
Providing more memory became one of the primary goals of the System x eX5 family. Larger memory allotments are vital to alleviating many of the most pressing pain points of x86 servers: lack of flexibility and scalability when implementing virtualization and databases. So, while it goes without saying that customers expect increased server reliability and performance from IBM’s System x eX5 servers, the company sought to take it’s newest fifth-generation Enterprise X Architecture one step further by significantly increasing memory – to add virtual machines and increase database performance – to tackle their top priorities while helping to save on server hardware, maintenance and software licensing costs. IBM also significantly broadened its System x eX5 server offerings. Its System x eX5 family includes both dual-socket and four-socket rack-mount servers along with the company’s first Enterprise X Architecture-based blade servers. By providing both dual-socket and four-socket offerings in both rack-mount and blade form factors, IBM delivered an increase in flexibility for customers, including adding support adding dual-socket servers on a pay-as-you-grow approach.
The eX5 is really about Maximizing Memory, Minimizing Cost, Simplifying Deployment. Not to mention a ton of flexibiity, power, and performance...
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