IBM, knowing that Power7+ still exists in a TON of Oracle shops, now tries to compete with Oracle Exadata. – http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/02/15/ibm_pureapplication_puredata_updates/

All three branches of IBM Pure Systems

All three branches of IBM Pure Systems

Further expanding the IBM Flex System line (name appropriate), IBM now offers the PureApplication W1700 based on the PureSystems p460+ double-width blade. The PureApplication+PureData position I assume will be begin attacking the Oracle Exadata marketshare.

Utilizing PowerVM, logical partitions (LPARS) can be created on the PureApplication server to support the Data Warehousing application stack (formally Netezza).

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When I was on site in Rochester, MN at the IBM site; I was shown an very early version of a really cool tool. Flex System Manager Mobile!

Go to IBM’s website and grab it here! – http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/flex/fsm/mobile/index.html

Using the IBM Flex System Manager for Android, BlackBerry and iOS

The IBM Flex System Manager mobile access application is a simple, free tool for a mobile device with a Google Android™, RIM BlackBerry® or Apple® iOS operating system, which enables you to monitor your IBM Flex System™ and PureFlex System hardware remotely through the Flex System Manager.

This application gives you access to the following types of system information.

Health and Status

Monitor health problems and check the status of managed resources

Event Log

View the event history for chassis, compute nodes, and network devices

Chassis Map (hardware view)

Check the front and rear graphical hardware views for a chassis

Chassis List (components view)

View a list of the hardware components installed in a chassis

Inventory Management

See the Vital Product Data (VPD) for a managed resource (for example, serial number or IP address

Multiple Chassis Management

Manage multiple chassis and multiple management nodes from a single application with the IBM Flex System Manager

Authentication and Security

Manage connections across secure and persistent protocols such as SSL and secure persistent credentials on your mobile device

IBM has made backing up the Backing up the IBM PureFlex Flex Systems FC3171 8GB Fibre Channel SAN Switch quite easy. In fact, it can be done in just a few short steps.

To do this, log into the Flex System FIbre Channel Switch

In our case https://172.16.161.122

Log in using your credentials

Go to Switch > Archive

Give the backup file a file name

Click Save

Enter a password to encrypt the backup and click ok

Your configuration is now backed up to be restored later.

IBM has made backing up the IBM PureFlex Flex Systems EN4093 10GB Ethernet Switch quite easy. In fact, it can be done in just a few short steps.

Log into the Flex System network switch

In our case https://172.16.160.120

Click Dump

The configuration is then opened into a new tab

You can then copy and paste this configuration into a text file to restore at a later time.