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Leveraging IBM eX5 Systems* for Cost and Density Improvements

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Leveraging IBM eX5 Systems* for Cost and Density Improvements

Objective
With approximately 60 percent of organizations deploying core business-critical workloads on x86-based systems and more than half those workloads running on virtual machines (VMs), questions arise as to whether that environment will really be robust enough to deliver the kind of reliability, scalability, and performance required. These are valid concerns. Assembling an off-the-shelf (OTS) system, even using top-of-the-line hardware and best-of-breed applications, can often fall short of the mark. Many organizations have taken this approach only to see disappointing results, which can have serious consequences.

Of course, published industry benchmarks are one way to assess the top-end capability of products and/or solutions. However, benchmark configurations are most often designed to test only the outer limits of specific metrics such as processor speed, throughput, capacity, etc. They do not accurately reflect an organization’s real-world workload, where an optimal balance must be struck between price, performance, scalability, and reliability. Benchmarks are merely tools and should never be the sole means of assessing hardware and/or software for virtualization solutions.

IBM has achieved outstanding results in terms of scalability and performance in x86 enterprise configurations by applying extensive development expertise and years of engineering breakthroughs and innovation from other technologies to x86-based technology. This white paper examines the considerable rewards to be achieved in data center consolidation through virtualizing IBM x86-based servers, and best practices to consider when adopting this strategy.

Read the full Leveraging IBM eX5 Systems* for Cost and Density Improvements Paper.