IBM tweaks Power7 blade, server lineup
This week, IBM added new models to its line of Power7-based servers and blades. The new IBM BladeCenter PS703 and PS704 blades feature 16- and 32-core 2.4 GHz Power7 processors, respectively, doubling the number of cores and offering 60% better performance than previous models in the same space and energy footprint, the company said. IBM also upgraded its 4U Power 750 Express and Power 755 servers with new, slightly faster Power7 processors.
That same Power 750 server is also the foundation of the new IBM mCommerce Appliance Solution, a mobile banking appliance co-developed by IBM and Sybase. The appliance offers mobile banking, mobile payments and mobile remittance using Sybase mCommerce 365, IBM DB2 and WebSphere.
On the management side, IBM also introduced the new Systems Director Management Console appliance, which data center administrators can use to manage Power servers and blades, as well as two new top-of-rack Ethernet switches from IBM’s BNT acquisition.
Nimsoft adds service desk to monitoring suite
The new Nimsoft Unified Manager console includes Nimsoft's existing monitoring solution and adds service desk capabilities. The service desk module is ITIL v3 compliant and supplies incident and change management, service level management, knowledge management, a service catalog, and a configuration management database (CMDB). Like previous Nimsoft offerings, Nimsoft Unified Manager is designed for multi-tenant environments, including service providers, and is available either as Software as a Service or on-premises.
Power Assure links with Cisco UCS, Intel Data Center Manager
Data center infrastructure management software provider Power Assure has qualified its Dynamic Power Optimization software to work with Cisco Unified Computing System blade servers, providing real-time power monitoring and optimization software through integration with Intel Data Center Manager software.
Liebert CRAC unit passes earthquake test
The Liebert CW Precision Cooling System achieved seismic certifications from the International Building Code, California Building Code, and California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. To pass the test, the chilled water-based computer room air handling unit was subjected to shake table testing and remained operational after the simulated earthquake.