What Private Clouds Offer to Businesses

As recession-hit companies are exploring ways to cut their tech implementation costs, cloud computing environments – though in their infancy – are supposed to help user outfits do more with less.

Among other tech players, IBM is also quite aggressive in the emerging cloud computing market.

Now the tech leader has expanded its CloudBurst family of pre-integrated cloud service delivery platforms by delivering an appliance on its POWER7-based hardware as well as separately offering the software to run on currently installed IBM and non-IBM systems.

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Based on IBM’s own corporate cloud installations and hosting engagements with clients, IBM CloudBurst appliances are workload-optimized solutions that integrate hardware, storage, networking, virtualization and its service management software to create a private cloud environment.

Compared with manually configuring a similar system, CloudBurst can cut the IT staff’s labor in integrating systems, provisioning and managing storage up to 95 percent, according to IBM estimates.

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“Automating IT resources to support new applications is critical because at most companies, a business user typically must wait weeks to get access to new IT resources due to the manual processes required to set up resources,” said Lauren States, vice president, Cloud Computing for IBM Software Group.

“IBM CloudBurst automates the manual processes to dramatically speed a business’s time-to-market.”

At the core of the new cloud offerings is IBM’s latest autonomic computing advance, the new IBM Service Delivery Manager, which quickly deploys applications— automating the deployment, monitoring and management of cloud computing services for the IT staff, says IBM.

IBM CloudBurst v2.1 on Power Systems provides a certified platform to run SAP applications, according to IBM.

Included in the offering is a new appliance IBM CloudBurst v2.1 on Power Systems that is based on IBM Power 750 servers. 

The appliance can support from 160 up to 2,900 virtual machines while delivering greater security to keep the data in those applications separate.

IBM estimates that private clouds built on Power systems can be up to 70 percent less expensive than stand alone x86 servers. The appliance will be available starting December 17, 2010.

The solution also comes with a new software offering IBM Service Delivery Manager based on a pre-integrated, software-only stack for x86 and Power systems. 

A new version of the IBM CloudBurst v2.1 on System x is also included. It is based on IBM HS22V blades equipped with 50 percent more memory and double the fibre channel bandwidth and now with the ability to run 30 or more virtual machines per blade.

It provides a workload optimized solution where customers can increase the processing power by adding the required compute nodes in a pay-as-you-go model.

IBM made this announcement today, Oct. 13.

Photo courtesy: IBM

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