Earlier this month, IBM announced a new product designed for smaller businesses that need power and flexibility while still minding costs.
It’s the IBM LinuxONE III Express, designed to be an off-the-shelf option for startups, business partners and ISVs built with increased velocity in mind to get customers up and running quickly.
The pre-configured LinuxONE III Express is designed as a new cost-effective offering for the most popular workloads, including data serving and Red Hat OpenShift. IBM internal tests show that a 12-core IBM LinuxONE III Express server running WebSphere and Db2 workloads requires 18.7 times fewer cores when compared to x86 servers and delivers a 57% lower TCO over three years.
Generally available on May 25, LinuxONE III Express will feature:
- Three-sizes of configuration to fit most workloads, as an alternative or adjunct to public cloud
- Improved time-to-value: a single configuration with predictable pricing ensures more rapid delivery and install of the server
- Confidential computing capabilities: Ability for our customers to leverage IBM Cloud Hyper Protect Services for the highest commercial levels of privacy
In its analysis of the announcement, eweek.com said:
“According to Ross Mauri, GM of IBM’s Z and LinuxONE organization, the new solution is ‘designed to be an off-the-shelf option for startups, business partners and ISVs (and) built … to get clients up and running quickly.’ When Mauri says “off-the-shelf,” he isn’t kidding. The LinuxONE III Express is a pre-configured system based on the LinuxONE Model LT2 that IBM introduced a year ago. The new solution comes with a set number of cores (13), memory (1280GB), networking cards and other features, with price and configurations adjusted according to the number of cores and memory that are activated.”
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