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Thursday, August 16, 2012

PureFlex Expert System for IT Operations

I worked on several large scale expert systems applications during the AI drive of the 1990s.  One of the areas we specifically examined was the configuration of systems as they were moved to new applications.  So I was intrigued by the application called PureFlex, to be featured at the XChange 2012 meeting next week.

We were particularly interested in the integration of software with existing hardware, and how the life cycle of that software could be controlled and optimized.   It is now a decade plus later, and it looks like the problem has been solved, see the excerpt below.  If you are not attending this conference, see the details about a tweet chat below.  I plan to participate.  Note also the mention that this expert system is only one of a family of such systems for the midsize business.   I look forward to seeing the others.  Anything to make a small to medium size business easier to operate.

" ... PureFlex Systems can improve IT operations for midsize companies. He’ll be joined by other IBMers to lead breakout sessions for IBM Business Partners about PureFlex. ....

There’s also a live tweetchat scheduled for Monday afternoon on August 20 at 2 EDT with an extended panel of IBM experts, executive and business partners.  The topic is how this packaged offering of power, storage, networking and management can help midsize businesses optimize their infrastructures and transform their approach to information technology (Monitor the chat session here or follow #expertsyschat).

The need for a highly flexible, resilient and efficient IT infrastructure has intensified in the face of continued cost pressures and made midsize businesses realize they need to take advantage of virtualized, shared architectures to make the most of their IT investments. ....

IBM PureFlex is part of an integrated family of products for midsize businesses that feature expert systems technology. These systems deliver cost savings and improved efficiency by reducing setup times, saving on staff resources and automatically configuring themselves for maximum efficiency. The PureFlex System was “born virtualized” to offer extraordinary agility and cloud-computing- readiness out of the box. ... "

This post was written as part of the IBM for Midsize Business program, which provides midsize businesses with the tools, expertise and solutions they need to become engines  of a smarter planet. More here.  

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