Webcast - State of the Art Availability - IBM X6
An on demand webcast on the importance of RAS for mission critical systems and how IBM X6 supports high availability is now available. This webcast originally aired on July 22, 2014 but is now available on demand.
Director and Business Line Executive
IBM x86 High End Systems
Mission critical applications are one of the last bastions for non-x86 based servers. Mainframes and commercial Unix systems are still perceived to hold the upper hand when it comes to single system availability and reliability. But new technology from Intel and IBM push x86 availability to new heights. In this report, we discuss the market for mission critical x86 and take a detailed look at how IBM and Intel’s new offerings are moving the availability bar skyward.
The state of the art in single system availability on the x86 platform has taken a real leap forward with the advent of the Intel Xeon E7 processor with Intel Run Sure and the RAS enhancements provided by IBM’s X6 technology.
Customers have migrated many applications away from proprietary mainframe and commercial Unix systems since the turn of the century, primarily due to the fact that they could purchase x86 systems for much less cost, while maintaining (or improving) application performance. Customers also like the fact that with x86 systems, they have a much wider range of applications and tools to choose from. It’s also easier for them to find skilled employees who are well versed in x86 technology.
The largest consideration for many customers is RAS, of course. However, the availability, reliability, and recovery mechanisms in these new IBM X6 systems should go a long way towards allaying customer concerns along these lines. In fact, IBM’s X6 systems (with their RAS enhancements) present the strongest challenge yet to mainframe and commercial Unix based solutions.
Randall Lundin is a World Wide Product and Marketing Manager for IBM System x. He manages the Enterprise 4 & 8 socket rack systems. Follow Randall on Twitter at @RWLUNDIN or view Randall's LinkedIn profile.