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"This improved control and efficiency is particularly relevant for Africa, where smaller enterprises are burgeoning, costs must be tightly controlled and IT skills are a scarce resource", says Bevan Lock, PureFlex Product Manager at IBM South Africa.
In its first year, IBM PureSystems has added around 180 vendors integrating their applications into the PureSystems family, says Lock. The year has also been marked by 350 optimised solutions from over 275 leading partners, over 2300 systems have been deployed in more than 70 countries and over 3000 companies have joined the IBM PartnerWorld MSP Program.
BlueGene/L System top supercomputer
Bevan Lock, IBM SA systems evangelist, says 243 of the top 500 are IBM ventures or IBM joint-ventures."IBM had more than 1.5-petaflops of the list's aggregate performance total of 2.791-petaflops, more than three times the total throughput of nearest rival HP," he says.This latest edition of the Top500 was released yesterday at the International Supercomputing Conference in Dresden, Germany. SEND TO A FRIEND | SEND SMS | PRINT | POST A COMMENT
IBM to keep rack servers cool
At the same time, the processors in these servers are getting more powerful -- thus producing more heat," says Bevan Lock, XSeries product manager at IBM SA. "Air is a good coolant, but it is not as effective as water," comments Lock.In fact, according to a report done by Knurr AG, a company specializing in thermal management for servers, in order to disperse 1 000 watts with a ten-degree temperature difference, only five litres of water is needed per hour, as opposed to 11,475 cubic feet of air. A typical data center consists of hot and cold aisles -- cold aisles between facing racks and hot aisles at the rear of each row of racks.According to Lock, problems usually arise when a company decides to add another rack, thereby generating more heat. "The company now has two options: it could either go for the costly, obtrusive route of upgrading its current air-conditioning system or it could install a Cool Blue rear door heat exchanger - provided of course that the new rack is manufactured by IBM," he adds. IBM's Cool Blue solution comes in the form of a rear door heat exchanger, which clips on the back of any standard IBM enterprise 42U rack."The solution is easier to install and maintain than other cooling methods, and is capable of removing up to 50,000 British thermal units (BTUs) of heat -- up to 55 percent of the heat generated by a fully populated rack," comments Lock. "Companies will still need the traditional air-conditioning systems to create hot and cold aisles in the data center, but will not need to upgrade the air-conditioning system every time they decide to add more racks into the center," he concludes.
IBM denies shift from Intel
Bevan Lock, technical evangelist for IBM SA.Bevan Lock, technical evangelist for IBM SA. "IBM is not pushing AMD over Intel, but merely introducing a new range of servers specifically aimed at delivering more energy-smart high performance computing solutions for business," he told journalists in Sandton yesterday.Increasingly resource-intensive applications for business intelligence, data mining, enterprise resource planning and voice over Internet Protocol, are driving business demand for high performance computing, explained Bevan Lock, technical evangelist at IBM SA.He said financial institutions and retail organisations were the most likely first adopters of the new AMD Opteron-based servers in the South African market.In addition to high performance, Lock said power efficiency and cooling was another important issue that most large company IT executives would continue to face for several years to come."IBM's new rack and blade server systems address both needs at the same time by combining the energy efficiency and processing power of the AMD Opteron processor with IBM's memory acceleration, power management software and cooling technology," he said.The new servers will use next generation "Rev F" AMD Opteron processors with new security and virtualisation features for running multiple operating systems simultaneously.IBM expects the new servers to be available in September, but Lock said even if there were delays in AMD's delivery, he was confident IBM would still be the first to market with servers using the Opteron processors.
SA Computer Magazine Online » IBM Unveils New Dual-Core X3 Servers.
Bevan Lock, IBM South Africa xSeries Brand Manager, points out that IBM's line of X3-based servers continues to lead the Intel server market segment in both product development and customer service, boosting IBM into the number one spot in the Technology Business Research (TBR) Q3, 2005 "Intel-Based Server Corporate IT Buying Behaviour & Customer Satisfaction Study."