IBM’s Flex System servers get power boost

The latest version of IBM Corp.’s Flex System server is based on a dual-chip design which effectively doubles the processors, memory and storage making it ideal for faster deployment of virtualized environments.

The new board design combines two blade-type motherboards in one server package which can be slotted into one socket. This enables a server chassis to carry more processing power.

The new Flex System X222 runs on an x86 processor. It will have a multichip module in which each socket will be able to handle two Intel Xeon E5-2400 processors. The server will be available in September starting at $6,669.

There are 14 slots in a 10U rack chassis and the new design will deliver the processing power of 28 servers, according to Jeff Howard, vice president of PureFlex and Flex systems at IBM. Each server will support up to 384GB of memory and have slots fir solid-state drive storage.

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As more analytics and database workloads are being transferred to cloud environments, the new sever can help deploy more virtual machines in a denser space, he said.

Each 10U chassis with Flex X222 server can deploy 2,800 Windows virtual machines simultaneously, Howard said.

IBM will also release a Flex System Manager to help administrators control servers and virtual machine deployments from a single console.

The console can be accessed from BlackBerry, Android or iOS mobile devices.

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