IBM M5 x86 servers come with security and efficiency features


Enterprise IT vendor IBM said its M5 portfolio of x86 servers come with innovations in security and efficiency — targeting mission-critical applications.

The portfolio includes highly configurable models of rack and tower servers, dense systems, blades and integrated systems to help clients address pressing business challenges in the data center and in the office, said IBM in a statement.

Enterprise CIOs need to support more demanding workloads with limited budgets while dealing with increasingly sophisticated attacks on their infrastructure.

The new servers come with Intel’s new Xeon E5-2600 v3 processors that are up to 1.5 terabytes of faster, energy-saving TruDDR4 memory.

IBM M5 x86 servers

Security Innovations

IBM M5 servers offer built-in security with Trusted Platform Assurance, a set of System x security features and practices to safeguard the systems from low-level malware attacks.

The new Secure Firmware Rollback feature prohibits any unauthorized updates of previous firmware versions. The new servers also offer enterprise-class data protection with optional self-encrypting drives and simple, centralized key management through IBM Security Key Lifecycle Management, said IBM.

Efficiency Innovations

IBM M5 systems can deliver significant energy savings compared with many prior-generation x86 systems. NeXtScale System with Water Cooling technology delivers up to 40 percent more energy efficiency in the data center than a comparable air-cooled solution.

In addition, the M5 servers have improved performance over the previous generation by up to 131 percent for a typical Java-based workload, up to 61 percent for a typical virtualization workload, and up to 59 percent for a typical database application, for faster business outcomes.

IBM said the new x3650 M5 achieved a two-processor world record on the two-tier SAP Sales and Distribution standard application benchmark6, with 66-percent performance improvement over the previous generation system.

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