IBM is banging the PureSystems drum at last – it announced the integrated systems architecture that brings together server, storage, network and middleware in April, but we’ve not heard much about the machines since.
Anyway today the company has announced some customers, albeit not many just yet. Remember though, these ‘Expert Integrated Systems’ are practically a data centre in a box, so they cost a penny or two.
Anyway customer examples they announced include BPTP, an Indian real estate company, which selected IBM PureSystems to streamline its IT infrastructure to improve the overall home buying experience for its customers. PCCW, an information technology outsourcing company based in Hong Kong, has selected IBM PureSystems as the foundation for its new Enterprise Solutions Superstore – an online environment for Independent Software Vendors (ISVs).
ValeCard, a multi-industry conglomerate based in Brazil, selected IBM PureSystems to manage thousands of transaction records from contracts with large companies and government entities, IBM said.
Big Blue also announced increased support from 700 Business Partners and some new IBM financing options for the systems. It said its Business Partners have created more than 160 new solutions and applications that are optimised to run on PureSystems, and that "numerous" partners are installing PureSystems in their own datacenters. For example Computer Gross, a managed service provider in Italy, and OneTree Solutions, an ISV from Luxembourg, are both using the cloud capabilities of IBM PureSystems as a way to more easily meet the needs of their customers.
"Because IBM offers all this technology in one solution, PureSystems provides benefits that are more than the sum of the parts," said Denis Avrilionis, Managing Director, OneTree Solutions. "Using the new expert integrated system and the patterns of expertise, OneTree Solutions was able to slash deployment of our PriceLenz software from three weeks to eight minutes. In our understanding, PureSystems is the most advanced integrated cloud solution in the market."
IBM said PureSystems is the result of $2bn in research, development and acquisitions over four years.