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IBM improves density of new Flex System servers

IBM improves density of new Flex System servers

IBM has introduced x86 and Power processors with a new dual-chip server module that will help speed the deployment of cloud and virtualized environments.

The Flex System servers, announced Tuesday, are based on a new board design in which two blade-type motherboards are combined into one server package, which can then be slotted into one socket. That effectively doubles the processors, memory, storage and other hardware resources available per socket.

As a result, a server chassis will carry more processing power and the increased density will help deploy more virtual machines in a denser space, while better utilizing server resources, said Jeff Howard, vice president of PureFlex and Flex systems at IBM.

More intense workloads related to analytics and databases are being transferred to the cloud and the new servers will also help in a more efficient cloud deployment, Howard said, adding that virtualization is one the cloud's "foundational elements."

The new Flex System X222, which runs on an x86 processor, will have a multichip module in which each socket will be able to handle two Intel Xeon E5-2400 processors. There are 14 slots in a 10U rack chassis and the new design will be able to deliver the processing power of 28 servers, Howard said. Each server will support up to 384GB of memory and also have slots for solid-state drive storage.