Hybrid Cloud, AI, Security on a Budget: ITEXPO Keynoter IBM's LinuxONE 4 Express Makes it Possible

By Greg Tavarez, TMCnet Editor  |  February 08, 2024

Businesses continue to transition their products and services to online platforms, but they often find themselves operating within a hybrid cloud environment by default. This setup typically results in disjointed stacks that hinder alignment across various business functions and hinder the integration of AI technologies.

A recent survey conducted by IBM IBV revealed that 84% of executives admitted to struggling with the elimination of siloed operations within their enterprises. Additionally, 78% of surveyed executives cited an inadequate operating model as a significant barrier to the successful adoption of multicloud platforms.

With the increasing pressure to expedite and expand the utilization of data and AI, coupled with the need for careful workload placement across on-premises and cloud-based environments, organizations require solutions that offer both power and accessibility. This is where IBM's latest offering, the IBM (News - Alert) LinuxONE 4 Express, comes in.

Kate Soule, Program Director for Generative AI Research, IBM, will give a keynote presentation about AI at ITEXPO 2024, taking place February 13-15 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

IBM LinuxONE 4 Express is pre-configured, rack-mounted system that extends the renowned performance, security and AI capabilities of the LinuxONE platform to SMBs and new data center environments. Priced starting at $135,000, LinuxONE 4 Express removes the complexity and cost barriers traditionally associated with mainframe technology, making it accessible to a wider range of organizations.

LinuxONE 4 Express packs the punch of larger LinuxONE systems into a smaller, pre-configured footprint, making it ideal for deployment in space-constrained environments. The pre-configured system eliminates the need for complex configuration, allowing businesses to quickly deploy and spin up workloads.

With its smaller footprint and optimized resource utilization, LinuxONE 4 Express offers cost savings compared to traditional x86 servers. IBM claims total cost of ownership savings of over 52% over five years when migrating Linux workloads from x86 to LinuxONE 4 Express.

The system integrates with IBM's AI offerings, allowing businesses to leverage AI for tasks like fraud detection, anomaly analysis, and personalized customer experiences. And LinuxONE 4 Express is versatile enough to handle a wide range of workloads, from traditional enterprise applications to emerging technologies like blockchain and containerization.

"IBM LinuxONE 4 Express is a chance for startups and small to medium-sized businesses to build an intentional hybrid cloud strategy from the ground up. IBM brings the power of hybrid cloud and AI in the latest LinuxONE 4 system to a simple, easy to use format that fits in many data centers," said Tina Tarquinio, VP, product management, IBM Z and LinuxONE.

The IBM LinuxONE 4 Express will be generally available on February 20 through IBM and its certified business partners. By bringing the power, security and AI capabilities of the LinuxONE platform to SMBs and new data center environments, IBM is democratizing access to this proven technology and letting organizations of all sizes unlock their full potential.

To hear more from Soule about putting AI to work, join her for her keynote presentation at ITEXPO 2024, taking place February 13-15 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, as part of the #TECHSUPERSHOW. Since 1999, ITEXPO (News - Alert) has combined educational conference programming with a robust exhibit hall, networking events, and other activities, bringing together buyers and providers of business technology products and services that drive business success.

Edited by Alex Passett
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