IBM Launches LinuxONE 4 Express for SMEs

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IBM recently Tuesday announced the launch of IBM® LinuxONE 4 Express, a pre-configured rack mount system tailored to cater to the performance, security, and AI needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs).

This offering aims to provide cost savings and streamline the process of spinning up workloads swiftly, eliminating the guesswork for clients as they delve into new and traditional use cases such as digital assets, medical imaging with AI, and workload consolidation.

Enhancing Hybrid Cloud Strategies for Sustainable Growth

As businesses transition their operations online at a rapid pace, they often find themselves operating in a hybrid cloud environment with disjointed stacks that hinder alignment and the integration of AI technologies.

A recent IBM IBV survey revealed that 84% of executives struggle with silo-to-silo handoffs within their enterprises, while 78% cited an inadequate operating model as a barrier to successful multicloud adoption.

Organizations are encouraged to carefully evaluate which workloads are best suited for on-premises or cloud deployment to address these challenges and maximise the impact of data and AI.

Julia Carvalho, General Manager for IBM Africa Growth Markets, emphasized the vital role of startups, entrepreneurs, and SMEs in driving economic growth and fostering innovation.

She highlighted the significance of technology in empowering SMEs to compete globally and seize new opportunities.

The IBM LinuxONE 4 Express is positioned as a scalable solution that can accommodate the evolving needs of startups and SMEs, offering significant cost savings and AI inferencing capabilities to help them explore emerging markets and enhance client engagement.

Empowering Data Centers with Scalability and Security

IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper 4, powered by the IBM Telum processor, was launched in April 2023 to provide clients with enhanced scalability, performance, and security features while optimizing energy consumption and data center space.

The IBM LinuxONE 4 Express, also based on the Telum processor and available in a rack mount format, ensures high availability for clients with stringent resiliency requirements.

Equipped with GDPS, IBM DS8000 series storage with HyperSwap, and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform, the system is designed to deliver exceptional availability of 99.999999% (eight 9s).

The IBM LinuxONE 4 Express caters to a diverse range of use cases encountered by startups and small businesses, including:

Digital assets: With built-in hardware-based security features like IBM Secure Execution for Linux, the platform offers secure computing capabilities to safeguard sensitive data, such as digital assets.

Scalable isolation for individual workloads enhances protection against external threats and insider attacks, ensuring the security of critical data.

Medical imaging with AI: Leveraging the IBM Telum processor’s on-chip AI inferencing capabilities, clients can seamlessly integrate AI with mission-critical data on the LinuxONE system.

This enables real-time analysis of large volumes of medical records, facilitating faster decision-making processes for healthcare organizations.

Workload consolidation: IBM LinuxONE 4 Express streamlines IT environments and reduces costs by consolidating databases onto a single system.

Clients migrating Linux workloads from x86 servers to the IBM LinuxONE 4 Express can achieve over 52% savings in total cost of ownership over a 5-year period, making it a cost-effective solution for workload consolidation.

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