Posted by: Mark Fontecchio
Operating systems, System i hardware, System i software
David Vasta at the System i Blogger blog wonders what all this talk about the new IBM Smart Cube is:
The Smart Cube from IBM has been getting lots of talk around the web, just not much from IBM? I want to see some real details and when I go to IBM’s web site and search for “Smart Cube”, I get nothing. Once again IBM DOES NOT KNOW HOW TO MARKET ANYTHING THEY SELL!
As it turns out, IBM published an announcement letter that said it wasn’t an announcement letter. As Timothy Prickett Morgan recaps, the non-announcement letter announced (empty link) a new system called the Smart Cube Power System 520. Sounds intriguing doesn’t it?
Here’s a description of the Smart Cube in the announcement letter, according to Morgan:
The IBM Smart Cube is a powerful and integrated server (server family) designed to run the business applications (finance and accounting, ERP, CRM, IP telephony, and others) that a small to medium-sized business needs, with virtually no IT complexity. Smart Cubes remain connected to IBM’s Smart Market that offers remotely delivered services, including help desk and solution support, monitoring, backup and recovery, security, and business collaboration.
IBM Smart Cubes come with the preloaded IBM Smart Business Software Pack that includes what you need to run business applications and workloads.
- Application servers and Java support
- Database servers
- Web servers
- File and print servers
- Directory servers
- Network and application security
- Built-in backup and recovery
- Intel server with storage, memory, and more
Wow, sounds interesting. Maybe some readers would like to know more. Maybe they, like Vasta, would like to get their hands on one to test it out. Well, IBM retracted the announcement letter (which it never apparently wanted to announce in the first place), and now they are trying to roll it out very quietly, mostly in India but also with a few select customers in the United States. Some more Smart Cube details:
- Three Power-based configurations, with one, two or four processing cores activated.
- Can run IBM i, AIX or Linux using 4.2 GHz Power6 chips
- Includes a stack of systems and application software called the Smart Business Software Pack for i, which runs on the IBM i 6.1 OS
- The big launch won’t likely happen until the second half of next year