IBM is expanding its easy-to-implement high-performance PureSystems platform with the release today of platforms for transactions, big data analytics and operational analytics systems that can monitor more than 1,000 business operations for tasks such as fraud detection in credit card processing, support for CSRs in call centers and predicting demand for utilities.
PureSystems consist of high-density boxes configured by IBM with x86 or Power processors, storage, and network connections all wired and ready to install in a data center in hours rather than months. IBM says the PureSystems family is the result of $2 billion in RD and acquisitions over four years. One key acquisition was the big data analytics company, Netezza.
IBM calls PureSystems expert integrated systems; other companies refer to similar systems as engineered. In any event, the concept seems relatively simple and overdue — the company manufactures the system and delivers specific types of computing power rather than leaving a client to buy the pieces for do-it-yourself assembly. It’s the difference between buying a car and having UPS deliver a series of crates with parts from a variety of suppliers. It’s an update of that adage about what clients want — they don’t want a server or a SAN, they want answers.
The three systems launched today are aimed at gaining value from big data. (I covered the PureSystems for
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