IBM Global Technology ServicesData Sheet Enterprise virtual machine infrastructure on the IBM Cloud Enhance business agility, cost efficiency and security with cloud computing built for IT professionals Setting up and maintaining an IT infrastructure while meeting the Highlights needs of a dynamic business environment and agile application devel- opment teams can be challenging. The up-front capital expenses and ● Enables increased business agility by operational costs are high, and infrastructures are often poorly utilized reducing start-up time on new business applications and shortening develop- and difficult to reallocate across applications and projects. The arduous ment cycles tasks of procuring, conﬁguring and maintaining hardware and software environments are often manual, leading to high labor costs and an ● Helps reduce costs by providing an alternative to owning, upgrading and increased risk of errors due to inaccurate conﬁgurations. Finally, you maintaining a hardware infrastructure or need to maintain a security-rich solution that can support end users extensive software licenses and teams, regardless of whether they are located across town or ● Provides a collaborative environment around the globe. Cloud computing can help you cope with these chal- for IT professionals with built-in visibility lenges, plus it can help you respond to unpredictable workloads and and control of enterprise cloud IT reduce application development and deployment cycle times. resources, promoting standardization and improved quality With IBM Smart Business Cloud – Enterprise, you can more rapidly ● Builds on a well-deﬁned security model access the IT resources you need and pay for them only when you with a multitude of options to help you extend your existing security disciplines need them. When you use virtualized resources on the IBM Smart to the cloud Business Cloud, you have no infrastructure to maintain and you can avoid up-front capital expenses as well as reduce your overall operating costs. You can also set up new server environments in minutes as opposed to weeks while improving quality by reducing conﬁguration errors. You can also create custom images and virtual machine (VM) conﬁgurations that can be shared with others within your organization. IBM’s software development organization has experienced approxi- mately 50 percent in operational cost savings and 30 percent in quality improvements using a cloud approach.1 Built to support the needs of large and mid-sized enterprises, this standardized agile cloud infrastructure can provide a security-rich environment that is ready for business.
IBM Global Technology ServicesData SheetEnabling quicker beneﬁts with faster to leverage cloud economics, companies from many otherssetup and shorter cycle times industries, including ﬁnancial services, life sciences, manufac-The IBM Smart Business Cloud provides you with Internet turing, distribution and retail, have since joined them.access to virtual server instances that are exclusively yours touse and customize as you like. You can install applications Helping you reduce costs with anand tools on top of the standard images and operating sys- enterprise-ready environmenttems, conﬁgure ports and adjust security settings just as you With the nearly immediate and automated access to serverwould on servers in your own data center. Once you are satis- capacity you get from the IBM Smart Business Cloud, youﬁed that a server instance meets your requirements, you can can generate considerable cost savings by closely matchingsave a copy of it as one of your “standard images” in a private server capacity to your immediate needs. As your servercloud catalog. You can share that image with others in your capacity requirements vary over the course of a day, a week, aorganization, and they can provision a virtual replica of your month or longer, or as they come in surges triggered byserver whenever needed. With this level of automation and planned or unanticipated events, you can provision and de-standardization, our services can help you achieve a quicker provision capacity as required. This enables you to stop ortime to market and improved quality for critical applications slow the growth of your in-house capacity so that it meetsto drive faster business beneﬁts. Our optional on-boarding your minimum requirements and pay for added capacity onlyservices can help you set up your account and get off to a when you need it. The resulting savings in capital expendi-good start. tures on servers, software and supporting infrastructure, and associated operational costs can be signiﬁcant.The IBM Smart Business Cloud provides a self-service portalto help enable rapid access to virtual machines with a choice In addition, you can avoid the time-consuming procurementof operating systems and options for adding middleware, of servers and software and the labor costs associated withdevelopment tools and attachable persistent storage. In the installing, conﬁguring and maintaining those server environ-portal, you can pick the software you want from an image ments. Procuring a server on the IBM Smart Business Cloudcatalog and then choose the server conﬁguration you want is facilitated by a web dialog that can deliver a ready-to-useto run it on. The automated provisioning system can then virtual server within minutes. The server provisioning processprovide you with a ready-to-use virtual instance of the server is highly automated, reducing the need for traditional instal-you speciﬁed within minutes. You can extend this automation lation tasks. Identical servers can be provided repeatedly fromfurther by using the built-in programming interface to start a catalog of server images with no provisioning costs. You payand stop machines on a ﬁxed schedule or in response to only for the time that servers and other cloud-based resourcesunpredictable load changes. are available for use.The ﬂexibility afforded by the cloud model has propelled The image catalog on the IBM Smart Business Cloud con-many of our customers to new levels of business innovation tains a mix of ready-to-use standalone operating systemand agility. Without the need to invest up front in an IT images and images consisting of a software package combinedinfrastructure for a new business venture, their organizations with a supporting operating system. The available operatinghave the ﬂexibility to explore a broader set of opportunities. system images are Linux® (Red Hat or Novell SUSE) andIf the new business venture thrives, the IBM Smart Business Microsoft® Windows® Server. Optional world-class softwareCloud infrastructure can scale to support it. If it does not, the packages from IBM (Lotus®, WebSphere®, DB2®,investment in the opportunity can be kept to a minimum.While media and gaming companies were some of the ﬁrst 2
IBM Global Technology ServicesData SheetInformix®, Tivoli® and Rational®) and independent soft- bundles on the ﬂy to your private images. This unique func-ware vendors are available, each with a selection of licensing tion can extend your ability to exercise control over youroptions, including “bring your own license” and “pay as you enterprise platform.go” with hourly rates. The x86-based virtual machineinstances are available in nine 32- and 64-bit conﬁgurations Leveraging the IBM Security Frameworkconsisting of between one and sixteen virtual processors with for improved cloud securitymatching memory and local disk storage. The environment IBM Smart Business Cloud – Enterprise is a security-richprovides a number of features for implementing highly infrastructure service that provides a “shell” within whichresilient conﬁgurations. your virtual servers run. The security of your cloud servers builds on this “shell” model—IBM manages and maintainsFacilitating improved teaming and the infrastructure “shell,” while your organization managesquality with tools and standardized the security of what happens inside your servers running inconﬁgurations that infrastructure. The IBM Security Framework key con-The IBM Smart Business Cloud – Enterprise web portal pro- cepts provide guidance on what that implies:vides IT professionals with access to collaborative teamingenvironments, regardless of where they are located. The por- ● People and identity—Helping ensure proper authenticationtal itself provides users with an enterprise account structure of cloud usersthat enables them to share cloud-based assets like private ● Data and information—Helping secure data against lossimages and leverage shared knowledge. In addition, the cloud and corruption where it is transmitted and storedhas a unique catalog of IBM Rational development and test ● Application and processes—Managing application develop-tools that you can provision to set up a scalable development ment and image change processesand test team environment in the cloud for use by your ● Network, server and end point—Helping to provide aenterprise and its partners. security-rich IT environment protected against intrusion, corruption and abuseThe sharing of software images in the IBM Smart Business ● Physical infrastructure—Sourcing from IBM-protected dataCloud can drive reuse and standardization across the enter- centers with mature policies and proceduresprise. This applies to development and test as well as produc-tion environments. For development and test, it enables you For example, in the area of people and identity, IBM providesto deliver higher quality applications and facilitates reduced authentication and security-rich access to the cloud portal,risk by implementing a “use-and-throw-away” policy for test while your organization manages the users of your virtualenvironments. You can consistently test on the same standard servers and applications deployed from within the portal toplatform, a best practice that has proven to reduce errors. For help ensure that they are properly authenticated and author-production, this same sharing of standard conﬁgurations can ized, just as you would for servers in your own data center.help you save time and reduce errors associated with building Similarly, IBM provides intrusion protection services on theservers manually. To make this sharing even more effective, cloud network, while you manage ﬁrewall settings withinyou can customize the IBM Smart Business Cloud provision- your virtual servers.ing process to ﬁt speciﬁc use cases by adding software 3