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New IBM configurations designed for flexibility, sustainability and security within the data center

We are excited to collaborate with IBM as the company today unveils its new IBM z16 and LinuxONE 4 single frame and rack mount models available globally on May 17, 2023. Powered by IBM’s Telum processor, these new configurations are designed for highly efficient data centers with sustainability in mind. This can help Flexera clients make more effective use of their data center space while remaining resilient in the midst of ongoing global uncertainty.

Flexera is proud to announce our support for Linux on IBM zSystems and IBM LinuxONE. Flexera provides comprehensive hardware and software asset discovery, visibility and optimization capabilities that span the entire IT estate, leaving no stone unturned. This latest addition to Flexera One ITAM provides valuable benefits for our customers looking to maximize their investments in IBM zSystems technology.

Flexera’s visibility into the Linux and OpenShift on IBM zSystems infrastructure and software, including the ability to see the hardware resource partitioning, is essential to optimize the utilization of IBM zSystems resources. With Flexera, users can gain insight into how their IBM zSystems or LinuxONE resources are being used, identify underutilized resources and make informed decisions about how to optimize their infrastructure to run IT services. This level of visibility and control helps them maximize the value of their IBM zSystems investments and improve overall efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

Addressing today’s changing IT landscape

Every day, clients face challenges in delivering integrated digital services. According to IBM’s recent IBM Transformation Index report, security, managing complex environments, and regulatory compliance were cited as challenges to integrating workloads in a hybrid cloud. In today’s evolving IT landscape, it can be difficult for clients to meet business objectives while adhering to environmental regulations and increasing costs.

The new rack mount option is designed with the same reliability standards as all IBM z16 and LinuxONE systems and is for client-owned data center racks and power distribution units. This footprint is architected to let companies co-locate the latest zSystem and LinuxONE technology with distributed infrastructure and opens opportunities to include storage, SAN, and switches in one frame, designed to optimize both data center planning and latency for specific computing projects. Installing these systems in the data center can help create a new class of use cases, including data center design, optimized edge computing, and data sovereignty for regulated industries.

Securing data on a highly available system

According to IBM’s Cost of a Data Breach report, conducted independently by Ponemon Institute, and sponsored, analyzed and published by IBM Security, surveyed organizations with a hybrid cloud model had lower average data breach costs, about $3.8 million, compared to public or private cloud models. IBM z16 and LinuxONE systems help support a secured, available hybrid IT environment critical to customer outcomes for essential industries like healthcare, financial services, government, and insurance.

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It all starts with knowing what’s in your IT ecosystem. Flexera One discovers even the most elusive assets whether on-prem, SaaS, cloud, containers and more.

More sophisticated cyber threats require new standards of protection. IBM z16 and LinuxONE 4 provide high levels of resiliency offering support for mission-critical workloads. These high availability levels help consumers  maintain access to data from their bank accounts, medical records, and other personal information  whenever they need it. IBM z16 and LinuxONE 4 single frame and rack mount systems offer a broad range of security capabilities, including confidential computing, centralized key management, and quantum-safe cryptography.

Optimizing flexibility and sustainability

IBM z16 and LinuxONE 4 single frame models are built to help maximize flexibility and sustainability in data centers. With a new partition-level power monitoring capability and additional environmental metrics, these single frame systems are dedicated to helping clients reach their sustainability goals, reducing data center space and energy consumption. These key advantages distinguish IBM z16 and LinuxONE 4 for sustainability in the data center, especially when consolidating workloads from x86 servers.

As a part of the IBM Ecosystem, Flexera is helping companies unlock the value of their infrastructure investments by implementing the tools and technologies designed to help them succeed in a hybrid cloud world. We are excited to be working closely with the IBM Ecosystem to bring new innovations to our clients.

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