System x

Learn the benefits of IBM System x compared to competitive x86 servers.


Your business is poised to take advantage of the next big opportunity. But is your IT environment ready to help you meet your goals? Or will it hold you back? Smarter systems for a smarter planet mean that when you need to grow your business, you can drive forward. IBM System x advancements in scalability, reliability and performance can help you take your business where you want it to go. At IBM we provide the technology that will help your business innovate and thrive. We make that possible today and have a vision and dedication to continued innovation for tomorrow.

Why should I choose System x to run my business?

System x solutions are the result of a design for building proven IBM innovation around industry-standard components. Solutions that span feature-rich, scalable enterprise x86 servers to rack-optimized servers designed for business productivity to entry-level tower servers. IBM differentiates itself in the crowded x86 marketplace by offering high value offerings that are easy to deploy and manage, leadership quality and service, and leading technology.

Redefining X

The 30-year-old PC server has reached its limits. To combat the spiraling costs and inefficiency caused by the chronic underutilization of x86 servers—and to be able to scale flexibly to meet the demands of new applications and services—real innovation is required, not more commodity solutions.

With the introduction of eX5, IBM’s 5th Generation of the industry leading enterprise x86 servers, IBM engineers have redefined X by radically expanding the capabilities of x86 servers, leveraging the deep history of IBM innovation. The new eX5 servers emphasize three crucial design goals:

Maximize Memory — Competitive servers use the same processors, but only eX5 systems offer memory expansion, yielding the maximum performance for many workloads. The unique System x capability to expand memory independently of the processor has unlocked an unprecedented amount of configuration flexibility. You no longer have to add another (underused and expensive) processor simply because you need more memory for your existing apps. In fact, if your apps (or your need for virtualization) require huge quantities of memory—more than the chassis can hold, in fact—eX5 allows you to expand the chassis with an external MAX5 memory chassis, for the most memory in the industry in each of these classes of servers.

Minimize Cost — With the addition of the 2-socket System x3690 X5, System x has lowered the acquisition cost of enterprise servers, while preserving the ability to expand to much greater capabilities if and when you need to. IBM doesn’t force you to buy everything up front, as some competitive systems do. You can extend memory as you need it. And more memory means you can run more VMs per processor, which helps lower your per-processor software licensing costs. See up to 50% savings in software licensing for the same number of virtual machines (VMs) or database users or nearly twice the number of VMs (82% more) for the same license cost1.

Simplify Deployment — With single points of management and remote administration, eX5 systems are built for simpler qualification, faster deployment, and easier administration. eXFlash SSD technology allows you to drastically reduce cables and drives. IBM innovation helps set you apart from the competition. More affordable IT allows you to take cost out of IT and use those resources to fuel innovation in your own projects.

Improve application performance while managing growth, complexity and risk

With a data center that’s easier to manage and more reliable, you have more time to focus on growing your business.

The IBM System x3850 X5 is unrivaled in its application performance. With leadership performance benchmarks, clients get the industry’s best performance per workload. The x3850 X5 delivers 6x the memory of any 4-socket x86 system today for the maximum utilization, reliability and performance needed for compute- and memory-intensive workloads. The x3850 X5 is a versatile, scalable, 4-socket, 4U, rack-optimized enterprise server that provides a flexible platform so you can grow when you need to.

Reduce costs with improved energy efficiency

Managing energy in the data center is a growing concern due to the increasing numbers of servers, the incremental heat they generate and ultimately, the rising cost of energy. System x servers not only help increase performance per watt, but also help you budget, plan, and control power usage. And, by consolidating and virtualizing on IBM System x and BladeCenter servers, you can increase the utilization of hardware and decrease the number of physical assets you need to watch over. With the IBM Director extension and IBM Virtualization Manager, managing your virtualized environment is even easier, giving you a single interface to manage physical and virtual systems from almost anywhere.

The x3650 M3 delivers an energy smart design featuring lower wattage efficient power supplies, counter rotating fans, an altimeter and advanced power management that can reduce annual energy costs by up to $100/server per year. Also, the x3550 M3 and x3650 M3 have next-generation BIOS technology that offers more functionality and fully supports today’s and tomorrow’s operating systems.