News Feed Item

IBM introduces NeXtScale System: High Performance Computing Experience and Technology Move from the Lab to the Data Center

3x the cores in single one-unit rack; Ideal for cloud, analytics; Available through IBM Business Partners

ARMONK, N.Y., Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today introduced the NeXtScale System, a flexible computing platform providing three times as many cores as current one-unit rack servers, making it ideal for the fastest growing workloads such as social media, analytics, technical computing and cloud delivery.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO)

The rapid adoption of these workloads and delivery models is putting increased demands on data centers, and clients are looking for new technologies that meet those demands with the highest performance and the lowest power consumption to drive high efficiency and lower costs. NeXtScale is the latest addition to IBM's x86 portfolio, designed specifically to run those applications with the power of a supercomputer in any data center, via a simple, flexible and open architecture that will support options for compute, storage, and graphics processing acceleration.

This new system incorporates up to 84 x86-based systems and 2,016 processing cores in a standard EIA 19-inch rack, allowing easy integration into any data center. It uses industry-standard components including I/O cards and top-of-rack networking switches for flexibility of choice and ease of adoption. IBM also provides a powerful software stack to run on top of NeXtScale, including IBM General Parallel File System, GPFS Storage Server, xCAT, and Platform Computing, providing powerful scheduling, management and optimization tools.

The result is a single architecture based on open standards that delivers high performance and high efficiency, and that is designed to blend seamlessly with clients' data centers, current practices and x86 tools. NeXtScale's design can help clients better manage their operations and capital expenditure budgets by allowing them to maximize the compute power in a minimum amount of space in their data centers. Because of its standard-rack form factor and broad use of industry-standard components, IBM Business Partners can now deliver IBM's high performance computing technology to a broad range of users. 

"NeXtScale is designed to deliver raw throughput and performance, and is positioned well to handle HPC, cloud, grid, and managed hosted workloads," said Kevin Rozynek, NASA Client Executive at IBM Business Partner Direct Systems Support. "In addition, this new system provides clients a great deal of flexibility in configuration and components, making it one platform that can do it all."

NeXtScale is ideal for:

-- Large data centers requiring efficiency, density, scale, and scalability;
-- Public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructures;
-- Data analytics applications like customer relationship management, operational optimization, risk/financial management, and new business models;
-- Internet media applications such as online gaming and video streaming;
-- High-resolution imaging for applications ranging from medicine to oil and gas exploration;
-- "Departmental" uses where a small solution can increase the speed of outcome prediction, engineering analysis, and design and modeling. 

In addition, IBM today introduced the x3650 M4 HD, an enhancement of its 3650-class system featuring first-in-class 12-gigabyte RAID and a 60-percent higher spindle count for higher density storage and higher IO performance, making it ideal for applications such as big data and business-critical workloads. IBM NeXtScale and System x3650 M4 HD are two new entries headlining a broad refresh of the entire System x core server portfolio of two-socket systems including System x racks and towers, Flex System, iDataPlex, and BladeCenter offerings. All of these offerings will feature the new Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v2 product family, providing performance increases of up to 45 percent*.

"By delivering high flexibility, ultra performance and great efficiency in an industry-standard format with a powerful software stack, NeXtScale provides our clients with a versatile new data center solution that is easy to qualify, acquire and deploy," said Adalio Sanchez, General Manager, IBM System x. "The introduction of NeXtScale and the other offerings and enhancements we're announcing today illustrate our continuing commitment to providing high-value, high-performance x86-based solutions to our clients."

NeXtScale supports the industry's fastest x86 processors and ultra-fast 1866 MHz memory, and can be integrated into data centers or departmental IT closets, including those running at 100-127V power inputs. NeXtScale is approved for operation in higher-temperature data centers (up to 40C/104F degrees), reducing cooling requirements and further lowering operational costs for users. NeXtScale's Native Expansion concept allows users to add common functionality such as storage, graphics acceleration or co-processing, either at the time of shipment or in the future. Available with NeXtScale are new solution starter kits that make it easier for users to configure many common departmental HPC and small cloud solutions, such as Ansys, MPI-BLAST, and OpenStack.

NeXtScale offers IBM Business Partners a highly flexible system that can be ordered as building blocks from distributors, allowing Business Partners to add high-value components, services and support for additional opportunities to drive revenue. This channel friendly, high performance computing offering enables IBM Business Partners to approach new clients and sell into the fastest growing infrastructure space in the x86 market.

Built for flexibility, NeXtScale can be purchased as a single node, an empty or configured chassis, or in full racks as a complete pre-tested IBM Intelligent Cluster solution, delivered fully configured and ready to power on. With Intelligent Cluster, NeXtScale arrives at the client location racked, cabled, and labeled with user-supplied naming, with pre-programmed IMMs and addresses, and with burn-in testing completed at virtually no additional cost. This can reduce time from arrival to production readiness by 75 percent**, while also substantially reducing packaging waste.

For more information about NeXtScale and today's other announcements, click here. Photos of NeXtScale and the other product enhancements announced today are available here at this link.

To view a video description of NeXtScale, please click here, and for a video description of the x3650 M4 HD, click here.

Media Contact(s)

Jay Cadmus                                         

Ciri Haugh

IBM Media Relations -- STG                   

IBM Media Relations -- STG



[email protected]   

[email protected]


IBM, the IBM logo, ibm.com, PureSystems, PureFlex, Power Systems, System x, PureApplication, PureData, Storwize, Smarter Planet and the planet icon are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Other product and service names might be trademarks of IBM or other companies. For a current list of IBM trademarks, please see www.ibm.com/legal/copytrade.shtml.  

All other company, product or service names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of others. Statements concerning IBM's future development plans and schedules are made for planning purposes only, and are subject to change or withdrawal without notice. Reseller prices may vary.

*(E5 v2 New Generation Java* Performance)  Baseline Configuration and Score on Server-Side Java* Benchmark: Intel® Server Board S2600CP platform with two Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2690 (2.9GHz, 8-core, 20MB L3 cache, 8.0GT/s, 135W, C2-stepping), 128GB memory (16x8GB DDR3-1600), RHEL 6.2.32, Oracle Hotspot 1.7.0_21-b05. Source: Intel TR#1310 as of 18 July 2013. Score: 40,047 max-jOPs.

New Configuration and Score on Server-Side Java* Benchmark: Intel® Server Board S2600CP platform with two Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2697 v2 (2.7GHz, 12-core, 30MB L3 cache, 8.0GT/s, 130W, C0-stepping), 64GB memory (8x8GB DDR3-1866), RHEL 6.2.32, Oracle Hotspot 1.7.0_40-ea-b2. Source: Intel TR#1310 as of18 July 2013. Score: 58,279 max-jOPs.

**Comparison is for a pre-configured Intelligent Cluster rack versus an on-site configured rack. Time to production reduced from 10 hours per rack down to 2:30.



More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Niagara Networks will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Niagara Networks offers the highest port-density systems, and the most complete Next-Generation Network Visibility systems including Network Packet Brokers, Bypass Switches, and Network TAPs.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Embotics, the cloud automation company, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Embotics is the cloud automation company for IT organizations and service providers that need to improve provisioning or enable self-service capabilities. With a relentless focus on delivering a premier user experience and unmatched customer support, Embotics is the fas...
In an era of historic innovation fueled by unprecedented access to data and technology, the low cost and risk of entering new markets has leveled the playing field for business. Today, any ambitious innovator can easily introduce a new application or product that can reinvent business models and transform the client experience. In their Day 2 Keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Mercer Rowe, IBM Vice President of Strategic Alliances, and Raejeanne Skillern, Intel Vice President of Data Center Group and ...
SYS-CON Events announced today that StarNet Communications will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. StarNet Communications’ FastX is the industry first cloud-based remote X Windows emulator. Using standard Web browsers (FireFox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) users from around the world gain highly secure access to applications and data hosted on Linux-based servers in a central data center. ...
Virgil consists of an open-source encryption library, which implements Cryptographic Message Syntax (CMS) and Elliptic Curve Integrated Encryption Scheme (ECIES) (including RSA schema), a Key Management API, and a cloud-based Key Management Service (Virgil Keys). The Virgil Keys Service consists of a public key service and a private key escrow service. 

SYS-CON Events announced today that Cemware will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Use MATLAB functions by just visiting website mathfreeon.com. MATLAB compatible, freely usable, online platform services. As of October 2016, 80,000 users from 180 countries are enjoying our platform service.
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smar...
Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, will discuss the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
All clouds are not equal. To succeed in a DevOps context, organizations should plan to develop/deploy apps across a choice of on-premise and public clouds simultaneously depending on the business needs. This is where the concept of the Lean Cloud comes in - resting on the idea that you often need to relocate your app modules over their life cycles for both innovation and operational efficiency in the cloud. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Valentin (Val) Bercovici, CTO of So...
SYS-CON Events announced today that eCube Systems, the leading provider of modern development tools and best practices for Continuous Integration on OpenVMS, will exhibit at SYS-CON's @DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo New York, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. eCube Systems offers a family of middleware products and development tools that maximize return on technology investment by leveraging existing technical equity to meet evolving business needs. ...
Fifty billion connected devices and still no winning protocols standards. HTTP, WebSockets, MQTT, and CoAP seem to be leading in the IoT protocol race at the moment but many more protocols are getting introduced on a regular basis. Each protocol has its pros and cons depending on the nature of the communications. Does there really need to be only one protocol to rule them all? Of course not. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Chris Matthieu, co-founder and CTO of Octoblu, walk you through how Oct...
So you think you are a DevOps warrior, huh? Put your money (not really, it’s free) where your metrics are and prove it by taking The Ultimate DevOps Geek Quiz Challenge, sponsored by DevOps Summit. Battle through the set of tough questions created by industry thought leaders to earn your bragging rights and win some cool prizes.
Fact is, enterprises have significant legacy voice infrastructure that’s costly to replace with pure IP solutions. How can we bring this analog infrastructure into our shiny new cloud applications? There are proven methods to bind both legacy voice applications and traditional PSTN audio into cloud-based applications and services at a carrier scale. Some of the most successful implementations leverage WebRTC, WebSockets, SIP and other open source technologies. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Da...
In past @ThingsExpo presentations, Joseph di Paolantonio has explored how various Internet of Things (IoT) and data management and analytics (DMA) solution spaces will come together as sensor analytics ecosystems. This year, in his session at @ThingsExpo, Joseph di Paolantonio from DataArchon, will be adding the numerous Transportation areas, from autonomous vehicles to “Uber for containers.” While IoT data in any one area of Transportation will have a huge impact in that area, combining sensor...
The Internet of Things (IoT), in all its myriad manifestations, has great potential. Much of that potential comes from the evolving data management and analytic (DMA) technologies and processes that allow us to gain insight from all of the IoT data that can be generated and gathered. This potential may never be met as those data sets are tied to specific industry verticals and single markets, with no clear way to use IoT data and sensor analytics to fulfill the hype being given the IoT today.