New server design to help reduce energy consumption


IBM have unveiled the next generation of its LinuxONE server, designed to deliver scalability to support thousands of workloads in the footprint of a single system as well as reduce clients’ energy consumption by as much as 75 per cent, space by 50 per cent, and the CO2e footprint by over 850 metric tons annually.

According to an IBM IBV study, 48 per cent of CEOs across industries say increasing sustainability is one of the highest priorities for their organisation in the next two to three years. However, 51 per cent also cite sustainability as among their greatest challenges in that same timeframe, with lack of data insights, unclear ROI, and technology barriers, as hurdles. For these CEOs, scaling their business with modern infrastructure can often be one of the barriers to achieving sustainability goals.

“Data centers are energy intensive, and they can account for a large portion of an organisation’s energy use. But data and technology can help companies turn sustainability ambition into action,” said Marcel Mitran, IBM fellow and CTO of Cloud Platform at IBM LinuxONE. “Reducing data centre energy consumption is a tangible way to decrease carbon footprint. In that context, migrating to IBM LinuxONE is designed to help clients meet their scale and security goals, in addition to meeting sustainability goals for today’s digital business.”

IBM asserts that their new LinuxONE Emperor 4 is an engineered scale-out-on-scale-up system designed to enable clients to run workloads at sustained high density and increase capacity by turning on unused cores without increasing their energy consumption and associated greenhouse gas emissions. Their portfolio of sustainability technologies includes solutions to design, deploy and manage energy efficient infrastructures and innovations with a hybrid cloud approach.

“For CIOs, change is happening at an unprecedented rate and requires organisations to invest in infrastructure that is stable, high value and energy-efficient,” said Bjorn Stengal, IDC global sustainability research and practice lead. “IBM LinuxONE provides organisations with a secured, scalable architecture to meet their government regulations and customer expectations.”

At Citi, the bank’s sustainability strategy is driven by a commitment to advance solutions that address climate change and support the transition to a low-carbon economy. Operationally, Citi is focused on reducing the environmental footprint of its facilities, including through improving hosting densities with lower power consumption. Citi is hosting MongoDB on IBM LinuxONE, leveraging the platform’s security and resiliency, as well as elastic capacity to address unexpected demand.

“As our business grows and becomes increasingly digital-first, traditional IT solutions add more physical servers and increase required floor space,” said Martin Kennedy, managing director, Citi Technology Infrastructure. “IBM LinuxONE with MongoDB provides vertical scale and critical protection against data breaches and cyber-attacks, helping optimise data centres while lowering our overall carbon footprint.”

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