IBM Targets Midmarket With New Servers

IBM is expanding its Express Advantage family with a half-dozen server and storage solutions meant for midmarket companies.

Jim Manico, OWASP Global Board Member

October 8, 2008

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IBM is expanding its Express Advantage family with a half-dozen server and storage solutions meant for midmarket companies.Products under IBM's Express umbrella are faster to deploy than enterprise-level servers and contain a number of automated management features to simplify maintenance, according to InformationWeek.

"IBM's new IT optimization solutions give midsize companies maximum performance and efficiency at an affordable price, offering a robust infrastructure platform that can quickly and easily accommodate growth," said Marc Dupaquier, general manager for IBM Global Midmarket, in a statement.

IBM is also touting the energy efficiency and smaller footprint of its latest offerings, which include:

  • IBM Power 560 Express

  • is a 4U rack server that comes in four-, eight-, or 16-core Power6 configurations. It can consolidate AIX, IBM i, Linux for Power, and x86 Linux applications on one system, with up to 384 GB of memory and a maximum of 12 internal SAS drives.

    IBM BladeCenter LS22 Express and IBM BladeCenter LS42 Express blade servers feature quad-core AMD Opteron processors and are available with solid-state drives. The LS22 is a two-socket blade servers aimed at companies that run high-performance applications. The LS42 blade server, available in either two- or four-socket configurations, is aimed at memory-intensive applications, like those for virtualization and database.

    BladeCenter S Express (which we wrote about earlier this month) includes shared storage and software that eases setup and maintenance. The BladeCenter S comes with two optional disk storage modules capable of holding up to six 3.5-inch SAS/SATA HDDs each. In addition, the system supports up to six BladeCenter blades, according to InformationWeek. (This is the only product not available immediately; IBM says it'll ship at the end of the month.)

    WebSphere Application Server Express V7 helps midsize companies develop, run, and manage dynamic Web sites and applications, allowing for such capabilities as transaction management. The solution delivers simplified programming models for building reusable persistent objects through single-step installation and configuration, wizards, and default configurations, according to IBM.

About the Author(s)

Jim Manico

OWASP Global Board Member

Jim Manico is a Global Board Member for the OWASP foundation where he helps drive the strategic vision for the organization. OWASP's mission is to make software security visible, so that individuals and organizations worldwide can make informed decisions about true software security risks. OWASP's AppSecUSA<> conferences represent the nonprofit's largest outreach efforts to advance its mission of spreading security knowledge, for more information and to register, see here<>. Jim is also the founder of Manicode Security where he trains software developers on secure coding and security engineering. He has a 18 year history building software as a developer and architect. Jim is a frequent speaker on secure software practices and is a member of the JavaOne rockstar speaker community. He is the author of Iron-Clad Java: Building Secure Web Applications<> from McGraw-Hill and founder of Brakeman Pro. Investor/Advisor for Signal Sciences.

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