Mark III Demo Center & IBM Business Partner Innovation Center

IBM BP Innovation CenterLocated at Mark III’s corporate headquarters in Houston, the Business Partner Innovation Center (BPIC) is a world-class lab designed to allow Mark III and our clients to investigate and test industry leading solutions and new technologies before implementing in a live production environment.

IBM BPIC centers are owned and operated by IBM Premier Business Partners who provide local delivery of complex solutions to customers. These dedicated facilities feature IBM Systems Group and IBM Software Group products and solutions. BPICs are regarded as being marketplace leaders in new technologies and frequently earn industry recognition for their innovative leadership and end-to-end solution delivery.

The BPIC facility offers solution consultation, product demonstrations and test drives, proof-of-concept support, product installation and implementation assistance, and education and customized workshops. The BPIC can be accessed locally and in-person for clients located in or willing to travel to Houston, TX. Otherwise, BPIC demos and POCs are readily available for remote access, as needed. Please contact your local Mark III representative for more details.

The following are a list of products and solutions that are currently available at the Mark III BPIC in Houston:

System Storage:

IBM BP Innovation Center
  • IBM FlashSystem V9000/900
  • IBM SAN Volume Controller
  • IBM Storwize V7000/V3700
  • IBM TS Tape Library
  • IBM Elastic Storage Server (ESS)

Power Systems:

  • POWER Blades
  • Linux POWER8 Server (S822L)

X86 and Flex System:

IBM Innovation Center
  • Flex System Enterprise Chassis
  • Flex x240/x222 nodes
  • Flex System Manager
  • Lenovo x3650
  • Lenovo x3550
  • Lenovo x3690

System Networking:

  • IBM-Brocade SAN Switches
  • Brocade ICX/VDX Switches


  • IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager/FlashCopy Manager)
  • IBM Spectrum Accelerate
  • IBM Spectrum Control
  • IBM Spectrum Scale
  • Virtual Storage Center
  • VMware vSphere
  • VMware Horizon View
  • VMware vRealize
  • OpenStack
  • IBM Cleversafe (Object Storage)
  • dashDB

Currently featured demos:

  • IBM Spectrum Protect Data Protection Appliance
  • IBM Spectrum Protect 7.x Operations Center
  • IBM Spectrum Protect 7.x for Virtual Environments (VMware)
  • VMware vSphere 5.5 and Virtual SAN
  • Flex System Chassis Management
  • IBM Upward Integration Module for VMware
  • Storage Virtualization and Compression with SVC/V7000
  • Power Systems (AIX/Linux) and PowerHA
  • PowerVC and PowerVP

If you have an interest in visiting Mark III’s BPIC or seeing a demo, please reach out to your local Mark III or IBM representative!