Designed to help mid-size businesses better manage information, increase flexibility, reduce the cost and complexity, IBM (www.ibm.com) has unveiled two new additions to its mid-market offerings portfolio: the IBM System Storage DS3500 Express for enabling smart management of information; and the IBM System x3620 M3 Express, providing a mix of performance, scalability and a low price.
"These new solutions provide growing businesses with a reliable, scalable IT foundation that will help them manage information more effectively and become increasingly agile in the way they work, access resources and support customers," Ron Kline, IBM's global director of mid-market marketing, said in a statement.
The IBM System Storage DS3500 Express is designed to help companies deal with the "information explosion," one of the top three factors identified in a 2010 IBM study that are expected to impact mid-size companies over the next five years. The 2010 IBM Global CEO study, which polled leaders of mid-size companies, found that CEOs continue to view IT infrastructure as a cornerstone of their business transformation agenda. And while 78 percent expect business complexity to grow significantly over the next five years, yet, only 54 percent say they know how to deal with it successfully.
According to IBM, the DS3500 provides the broadest set of connectivity options available in a single storage system (including fibre channel, iSCSI and SAS), and lets clients create a tiered network solution, placing critical applications and data on the fastest networking technology, and secondary data on the slower, less expensive technology. Tiering, in effect, maximizes resources and provides quick access to data so it can be analyzed for business intelligence and data warehousing applications. The DS3500 also offers lower power consumption by up to 10 percent (compared to its predecessor, the DS3000), and the total cost of acquisition for the DS3500 is as much as 26 percent lower than comparable offerings from competitors.
Providing a powerful and affordable alternative to traditional enterprise server offerings, the IBM System x3620 M3 Express is built on the latest Intel Xeon technology and is optimized for storage intensive workloads such as social networking, video-serving, online gaming and transaction processing. The System x3620 M3 Express also helps reduce costs by providing faster processing speeds, outstanding energy efficiency, and integrated RAID adapters for more concentrated memory support and higher availability.
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