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IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud

  1. 1. IBM Systems and Technology System xData Sheet IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud Comprehensive virtualization with converged networking and easy-to-manage scaling to cloud Fast and reliable path to virtualization Highlights Virtualizing your data center offers many potential benefits including reduced upfront capital and operating costs. Yet the challenges of ● Comprehensive virtualization platform installing and configuring a virtual environment can sometimes be with converged networking, servers, storage and management overwhelming. Reduce complexity and risk with IBM BladeCenter® Foundation for Cloud. It provides the flexibility needed to make this ● High return on Investment platform, large virtual machine capacity in a easy with preintegrated systems and a preloaded management system. simple-to-manage package Comprehensively designed with everything needed to deploy a high- performance, reliable and scalable fully virtualized data center, it comes ● Fast and easy to order and deploy with tested configurations with, converged networking, virtualized servers, storage and available start-up services to help you take the guesswork out of establishing a ● Reduce complexity and risk with best virtualized data center environment., BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud practices high availability designed in can help you get up and running in days, not weeks. This solution is built ● Energizes new performance and by combining the strength of the IBM System x® platform and the technology into existing datacenters and opens easy pathway to cloud advantages of the latest BladeCenter capabilities in the virtualized environment—including great performance, unmatched reliability, rapid scaling, high resiliency and leading network bandwidth capacity as well as industry-leading virtualization technology from VMware. BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud is available in multiple configuration sizes to meet your organization’s specific needs. Maximize capital usage for greater savings Virtualized data centers built upon the BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud can help drive down your total cost of ownership by enabling you to more effectively manage and leverage your capital investments in IT assets. Based on BladeCenter systems, it provides a large network bandwidth capacity that exceeds competitor offerings and enables the rapid movement of virtual machine images, combined with a reduced cost of connectivity by up to 44 percent compared to traditional rack servers.1
  2. 2. IBM Systems and Technology System xData SheetEnergy-smart design and integrated power managementcapabilities help drive optimal utilization of valuable power andcooling resources. With greater visibility into key energy met-rics across your IT assets, you can identify areas where energyconsumption can be reduced. Built-in virtualization helps createa simplified, flexible IT environment that can save up to half ofyour valuable data center space while allowing you to moreeffectively use fewer resources. Storage virtualization issupported via the optional addition of IBM System Storage®SAN Volume Controller, which also helps to increase manage-ment efficiency and resource utilization of heterogeneousstorage assets.Improve business resiliencyBladeCenter Foundation for Cloud offers a highly resilientenvironment with no single point of failure and advanced virtu-alization capabilities designed to simplify management with acombination of IBM Systems Director and VMware vCenterserver. It includes IBM BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager,which automates network and storage address virtualization forfaster failover recovery and easier expansion. Best-in-classsystems management tools like predictive failure analysis and integrated, including racks, servers, storage, networking,light path diagnostics can minimize downtime, while remote software, PDUs, KVM, cables, SFPs, etc. This helps reduceaccess capabilities let you control both physical and virtual the common errors that can occur with onsite integrationIT resources through a single interface. Integration with and configuration.VMware vCenter lets you easily move virtual machinesbetween servers to help decrease downtime and protect against Scale easily to cloudunplanned outages. The BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud offers a high degree of flexibility, enabling you to deploy now and scale as your busi-Reduce complexity ness requirements change. Standard configurations offer theIn addition to improving business resiliency, the BladeCenter ability to scale up to 2,000 virtual machines, and additionalFoundation for Cloud environment can reduce complexity and server blades can be added as needed. In addition, the systemsrisk by offering configurations that have been through rigorous can be scaled by adding more memory. The BladeCenterdesign, performance analysis and support for architectures Foundation for Cloud can easily extend to a cloud environmentbased on leading technologies such as convergence and with the addition of software functionality, such as SmartCloudmanagement centralization. The solution comes from the Entry, IBM Service Delivery Manager or similar offerings, andIBM or from certified business partners, with all the parts fully it can be done without having to rip-and-replace the installed infrastructure. Whether to match growing business needs or to add the latest in features in Cloud technology, BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud enables easy scalability. 2
  3. 3. IBM Systems and Technology System xData SheetIBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud at a glanceSystemsVirtualization management and IBM BladeCenter H and HS22V blades with dual-socket Intel Xeon 5649 2.53 GHz 6-core processors,compute nodes 96 GB memoryInterconnectsEthernet switches 10 Gb Ethernet switch for normal operations and 1 Gb Ethernet switches, for out-of-band management: ● Redundant BNT Virtual Fabric 10 Gb Switch Modules 8 Gb SAN Switch ● Redundant QLogic Virtual Fabric Extension ModulesConverged network adapter 10 Gb Virtual Fabric converged network adapter with support for FCoE included on each bladeExternal storageStorage servers IBM System Storage DS3524Storage expansion EXP3000 storage expansion unitsSoftwareBlade operating system VMware vSphere 4.1 Enterprise EditionServer management node IBM System x3550 M3 preloaded with the following: ● Systems Director 6.2 ● Active Energy Manager ● Storage Manager ● ToolCenterServer management node software Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 Standard Edition 64-bit; IBM Systems Director including Active Energy Manager; BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager2Virtualization management node software VMware vCenter Server 4.1 U1Scalability Examples of predefined configurationsSmall 4 compute blade serversMedium 14 compute blade serversLarge 28 compute blade serversExpansion nodes Additional compute blade servers or chassis with converged networking can be added after installationServices Hardware and software are preintegrated in the factory or from IBM Business Partners. Additional optional setup and other services from IBM Lab Services or Business Partner provide the initial setup in customer environment and provide on-site training Optionally, IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller implementation provided as a an onsite serviceWarranty 3-year parts, customer replaceable unit or onsite labor, limited warranty with individual nodes retaining the warranty and service upgrade offerings for that IBM machine type; optional warranty service upgrades 3
  4. 4. Why IBM?Built on technologies deployed at thousands of customer sitesacross the globe, the BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud canhelp you simplify and accelerate your virtualized data centeracquisition and deployment. Time-tested virtualization imple- © Copyright IBM Corporation 2011mentation methods and best practices gained from IBM’s ownexperiences have already helped clients plan, develop, test and IBM Systems and Technology Groupoptimize their IT environments for successful virtualized com- Route 100 Somers, New York 10589puting deployments. We offer multiple, scalable configurationsto meet specific business and IT requirements. Produced in the United States of America August 2011 IBM, the IBM logo,, BladeCenter, System Storage, and System xFor more information are trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business MachinesTo learn more about BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud, visit: Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both. If these other IBM trademarked terms are marked on their first occurrence in this information with a trademark symbol (® or ™), these symbols indicatevirtualization/integratedcloudplatform/index.html, U.S. registered or common law trademarks owned by IBM at the timeor contact your IBM marketing representative or this information was published. Such trademarks may also be registeredIBM Business Partner. or common law trademarks in other countries. A current list of IBM trademarks is available on the web at “Copyright and trademark information” at Intel and Intel Xeon are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both. Other company, product or service names may be trademarks or service marks of others. 1 Based on IBM comparisons of 14-server connectivity costs of IBM BladeCenter servers to 14-server connectivity costs of Hewlett-Packard rack servers from price information available on and as of February 1, 2011. 2 BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager runs in the BladeCenter Advanced Management Module Please Recycle BLD03035-USEN-02