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IBM BCFC White Paper - Why Choose IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud
IBM BCFC White Paper - Why Choose IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud
IBM BCFC White Paper - Why Choose IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud
IBM BCFC White Paper - Why Choose IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud
IBM BCFC White Paper - Why Choose IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud
IBM BCFC White Paper - Why Choose IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud
IBM BCFC White Paper - Why Choose IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud
IBM BCFC White Paper - Why Choose IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud
IBM BCFC White Paper - Why Choose IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud
IBM BCFC White Paper - Why Choose IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud
IBM BCFC White Paper - Why Choose IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud
IBM BCFC White Paper - Why Choose IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud
IBM BCFC White Paper - Why Choose IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud
IBM BCFC White Paper - Why Choose IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud
IBM BCFC White Paper - Why Choose IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud
IBM BCFC White Paper - Why Choose IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud
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IBM BCFC White Paper - Why Choose IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud

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  • 1. 89 Fifth Avenue, 7th Floor New York, NY 10003 www.TheEdison.com 212.367.7400 White Paper IBM BCFC White Paper Why Choose IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud
  • 2. Printed in the United States of AmericaCopyright  2011 Edison Group, Inc. New York. Edison Group offers no warranty eitherexpressed or implied on the information contained herein and shall be held harmless for errorsresulting from its use.All products are trademarks of their respective owners.First Publication: November 2011Produced by: Craig Norris, Sr Analyst; Manish Bhardwaj, Consulting Analyst; Barry Cohen,Editor-in-Chief; Manny Frishberg, Editor
  • 3. Table of ContentsExecutive Summary ..................................................................................................................... 1Introduction .................................................................................................................................. 3 Objective .................................................................................................................................. 3 Audience .................................................................................................................................. 3 Contents of this White Paper ................................................................................................ 3Characteristics of an Enterprise Data Center Foundation Suitable toSupport Cloud Computing ........................................................................................................ 4IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud ................................................................................. 6 The Advantages of Using a Single, Trusted Systems Provider........................................ 6 Outstanding Performance ..................................................................................................... 8  Converged Networking .................................................................................................. 9  Bringing it All Together ................................................................................................ 10 Scalability, Agility, and Cost Efficiency ............................................................................ 10  Built-In Server Virtualization with VMware and Open Fabric Manager .............. 11  Scalability Through Architecture................................................................................. 12 Reliability ............................................................................................................................... 12  Redundancy .................................................................................................................... 13  System Attributes Supporting Reliability................................................................... 13  IBM-Backed Quality and Support ............................................................................... 13Conclusion................................................................................................................................... 14
  • 4. Executive SummaryEnterprise data centers today must be capable of effectively supporting new workloadssuch as server virtualization and cloud services. A key challenge in building a platformfor such workloads lies in understanding how the necessary attributes map to thetechnology employed in the data center, and how to implement them optimally.With BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud, IBM has applied decades of experience andexpertise in designing and building data centers for the enterprise. The result is an ideal“data center in a box” platform, comprised of the latest IBM BladeCenter technologies,including servers, software, storage, network, and startup services, as well as the nextgeneration of intelligent processors, the Intel Xeon Processor 5600 Series. It bringstogether the industrial-strength performance, scalability, and reliability demanded bythe rapidly expanding workloads in use today.BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud gives organizations a fast, low-risk, reliable path to acompletely virtualized, unified architecture platform. It can be up and running in daysrather than weeks, and comes with the assurance of one-call technical support, providedby a world-class 24x7x365 support organization.The major hardware components are manufactured by IBM and exemplify the qualitythat has made the IBM brand trusted by the world’s foremost corporations. Thecomponents are interconnected with converged 10 Gbps networking technology withFibre Channel over Ethernet (FCOE) protocol processing. BladeCenter Foundation forCloud delivers 3.5 to 7 times greater network bandwidth throughput performance thanthat demonstrated by the nearest competitors’ platforms offering virtualized cloudsupport.By building virtualized data centers on BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud,organizations can drive down total cost of ownership (TCO) in multiple ways. Theseinclude more effective data center management and the ability to leverage theorganization’s capital investments in IT assets. Offering the capacity to enable greatervirtual machine (VM) density, the platform can support much more efficient utilizationof physical server resources.BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud also delivers considerable flexibility and scalability,enabling organizations to easily add, move, or remove VMs as needed. Blade servers canalso be replaced without requiring reconfiguration, and can be added to scale up thedata center on an as-needed basis. The solution can also extend to a cloud environmentwith no need for infrastructure rip and replace.Edison: IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud White Paper Page 1
  • 5. The solution takes full advantage of the simpler, centralized management enabled byvirtualization, allowing organizations to manage a heterogeneous data center from asingle console. In contrast, some comparable virtualization platforms on the market onlyallow management of proprietary components.BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud reduces risk by providing a highly resilient andreliable platform with no single point of failure. It features redundancy in many criticalcomponents, as well as automated network and storage address virtualization for fasterfailover recovery and greater availability. IBM’s unique Predictive Failure Analysis alsoensures availability by system component monitoring: it can notify administrators ortrigger automated preemptive action itself, to avert potential system failure.Edison: IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud White Paper Page 2
  • 6. IntroductionObjectiveThis paper describes the value IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud can bring to theenterprise. As a “data center in a box,” it combines software, server, storage,networking, and startup services, all pre-tested to operate together as an integratedwhole, and it is supported by one of the world’s premier systems vendors.AudienceThis paper presents information that will be useful to business organizations seeking toquickly establish a virtualized data center infrastructure in support of new workloadssuch as cloud services, and will also be useful to consultants serving such customers.Contents of this White PaperThis white paper contains the following major sections: Characteristics of an Enterprise Data Center Foundation Suitable to Support Cloud Computing — Discusses the attributes required for a data center solution built to support new workloads such as cloud computing. IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud — Covers the value the IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud delivers, including the advantages of using a single, trusted systems provider: outstanding performance and reliability along with scalability, agility, and cost efficiency. Conclusion — Wraps up the white paper with Edison Group’s conclusions based on the contents of the paper.Edison: IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud White Paper Page 3
  • 7. Characteristics of an Enterprise Data CenterFoundation Suitable to Support Cloud ComputingThe exciting and promising trends emerging in information technology today — such asutility, service-oriented, virtualized, and cloud computing — involve new workloadsthat demand robust, advanced IT platforms. Such platforms can be difficult toimplement and tricky to configure, since they consist of multiple hardware and softwareelements that all must operate together as an integrated whole.One of the challenges in building a data center system capable of effectively supportingthese new workloads lies in grasping how its required attributes map to the technology.It is not a simple matter, such as, “Throw more processing power, storage andbandwidth at the problem,” or “We need to use a lot of data, so we’ll deploy a lot ofstorage capacity.” The attributes required for a data center solution built to support newworkloads are more abstract and rely on a synthesis of technological capabilities. Thoseattributes include: Unified Architecture — The data center solution must tie together servers, networking, storage, virtualization, and software into an optimized, cohesive whole that delivers functionality beyond the sum of its parts. Performance — The performance of the combined elements working together as a unified architecture must meet the demanding expectations of today’s businesses. The challenge here lies in the existence of multiple potential bottlenecks. Addressing this requires solid expertise and thorough testing. Scalability — Architectures that limit scalability can result in considerable expense in the future if, for instance, the data center solution needs to be ripped and replaced to extend to a cloud environment. The data center solution must offer the ability to expand flexibly and to easily accommodate growing and evolving workloads over time. It should also offer manageability within an existing infrastructure, while remaining flexible enough to adapt to changes. Reliability — A data center solution on which many operations rely cannot afford downtime or sporadic availability. This is particularly true in a cloud solution that is serving other cost centers or business customers, and which must comply with service level agreements. Simplicity – IT administrators must support ever increasing numbers of applications and amounts of data. The advent of infrastructures that can support cloud computing presents new challenges involving selection, deployment, andEdison: IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud White Paper Page 4
  • 8. management of the solution, increasing potential complexity. Offerings that are easy to order and easy to deploy will deliver more value to organizations.Additionally, with businesses even more cost-conscious than ever, a data center solutionmust yield an acceptable return on investment and, ideally, minimize total cost ofownership over time.Edison: IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud White Paper Page 5
  • 9. IBM BladeCenter Foundation for CloudClearly, building a data center solution demands considerable thought and planning aswell as deep technical expertise. Having provided solutions for the data center sincedata centers were first conceived, IBM can be expected to design and deliver highlyreliable and efficient end-to-end solutions for the data center of today.This is certainly the case with the IBM’s BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud virtualizedserver platform. A comprehensive, converged platform that incorporates elementsproviding network, servers, storage, and management functionality, BladeCenterFoundation for Cloud enables rapid deployment of a complete virtualized data centersolution. The entire solution can be deployed and in production in a matter of days,rather than weeks. The Advantages of Using a Single, Trusted Systems Provider A virtualized cloud foundation needs to fully integrate the several disparate components that comprise it. Given the complexity involved, it makes sense to rely on a single provider that manufactures and/or offers expertise in all the key components and architecture involved. IBM has been building and servicing data centers for decades, with a proven reputation for high quality and innovative technology. Its BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud is built on technologies deployed at thousands of customer sites the world over. The BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud embodies virtualization implementation and best practices gained from IBM’s extensive experience in helping businesses to plan, develop, test, and optimize virtualized computing deployments.Organizations deploying IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud benefit from: Reduced risk because BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud is factory-tested to provide integrated operation of a “data center in a box,” ensuring interoperability of its components. All BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud configurations have been through rigorous performance analysis, design, and support for architectures based on leading technology strategies. Among these are server virtualization, convergedEdison: IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud White Paper Page 6
  • 10. Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) networking, and fiber channel storage. The configurations all have centralized management, with proactive monitoring and alerting installed. Reduced complexity, with incorporation of only a few separate components into a fully integrated, ready-to-run solution. Reduced time to productivity, as well as reduced downtime attributable to deployment and configuration. Installation can be accomplished in a matter of days. Unified management architecture with ability to manage the entire infrastructure. Enhanced reliability due to single-point-of-contact technical support for the entire BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud solution, backed by IBM’s premier worldwide 24x7x365 support organization.Table 1 below provides an overview of the components comprised in IBM BladeCenterFoundation for Cloud configurations.Table 1: IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud Standard Configuration Details Component Description IBM BladeCenter H Chassis and HS22V blades with Virtualization Management Intel Xeon 5659 2.53 GHz 6-core processors and 96 GB and Compute Nodes memory IBM System x 3550 M3 1U server with dual-socket Server Management Node Intel Xeon 5620 2.4 GHz 4-core processors IBM BNT 10 Gb Ethernet Virtual Fabric Switch Ethernet Switches module for normal operations and 1 Gb Ethernet switches for out-of-band management Dual-channel 10 GbE Virtual Fabric Adapter with Ethernet Adapter FcoE capability on each blade IBM BNT switch module with QLogic Virtual Fabric Fibre Channel SAN switch Extension Module for SAN connectivity Storage Servers IBM System Storage DS3524 Storage Expansion IBM EXP3000 storage expansion units Blade Operating System VMware vSphere 4.1 Enterprise Edition Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition 64-bit; IBM Server Management Node Systems Director including Active Energy Manager; Software BladeCenter Open Fabric ManagerEdison: IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud White Paper Page 7
  • 11. Component Description Virtualization Management VMware vCenter Server 4.1 Node Software Rack Cabinet IBM e1350 42U Rack Cabinet Examples of Predefined Configurations Four compute blades, redundant 10G FCoE Small networking, direct connections to LAN/SAN, 7.2 TB storage, VMware Enterprise and vCenter Licensing Fourteen HS22V compute blades, redundant 10 G Medium FCoE networking, direct connections to LAN/SAN, 29 TB storage, VMware Enterprise and vCenter Licensing Twenty-eight compute blades, redundant 10G FCoE Large networking, direct connections to LAN/SAN, 58 TB storage VMware Enterprise and vCenter Licensing Additional compute nodes can be added after Expansion nodes installationOutstanding PerformanceProducts built with IBM’s innovative technology have consistently outperformedcomparable products from competitors. The products incorporated as components of theBladeCenter Foundation for Cloud are no exception.One example is the IBM BladeCenter HS22V blade servers that form the heart of thevirtualized data center environment. These servers provide superior performance, withsupport for the latest Intel Xeon processors, maximum memory capacity, fast memorythroughput, and high-speed I/O. The same holds true for the IBM System x3550 M3server, which is used to manage the entire system.Used in both the BladeCenter HS22V blade servers and the System x3550 M3 server, theIntel Xeon Processor 5600 series delivers up to 15x1 performance per server over 2-socket single-core servers. 1 Representing the next generation of intelligent processors,1Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only onIntel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specificcomputer systems, components, software, operations, and functions. Any change to any of those factorsmay cause the results to vary.Edison: IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud White Paper Page 8
  • 12. they increase efficiency by intelligently adjusting server performance according to thedata center’s workload needs.IBM’s BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud offers higher performance and more scalablenetworking than competing solutions. The result is 3.5- to 7-times greater networkbandwidth, with 200 Gbps aggregate uplink bandwidth per chassis and 14.3 Gbpsbandwidth per blade.The higher performance of the IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud translates intohighly efficient and better performing applications. For example, due to the above-mentioned bandwidth, migration of virtual machines is 10-18 times faster than withother solutions.Intelligent VMready® VM-aware network switches provide visibility into thevirtualized environment. This enables management of both physical and virtualswitches from a single console, and centralized management of VM groups across datacenters. Virtual Fabric breaks the I/O bottleneck and simplifies deployment by boostingswitching performance.Converged NetworkingIn a unified architecture, best-of-breed excellence in individual components is only partof the story. The networking technology tying those components together also mustdeliver top-notch performance. The converged networking technology used inBladeCenter Foundation for Cloud boosts system performance with 10 Gbps speed, andfull hardware offload with Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocol processing.Advanced 10 Gbps bandwidth can eliminate performance bottlenecks in the I/O pathwith a tenfold data rate improvement over older 1 Gbps Ethernet solutions.Additionally, full hardware offload for FCoE processing reduces system CPU utilizationfor I/O operations, delivering faster application performance and higher levels ofconsolidation in virtualized systems.The IBM approach to a converged network environment is unique, because all theconverged I/O traffic is contained within the chassis. The solution is pre-wired toprovide seamless integration, without any management overhead of convergedtechnologies. Therefore, there is no need to rip and replace existing investments in thefiber channel infrastructure.The converged I/O traffic is segregated into pure IP and SAN traffic at the IBMBladeCenter chassis boundary. This approach ensures that data centers can readilyintegrate FCoE into existing environments, lowering TCO immediately without havingEdison: IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud White Paper Page 9
  • 13. to actively manage individual FCoE components within the chassis. It also reduces costsand management complexity, by requiring fewer components than traditional LocalArea and Storage Area Network (LAN/SAN) setups.Bringing it All TogetherPerhaps most important to performance, however, is the expertise applied to selectingthe components and infrastructure elements, assessing their compatibility, testing theirinteroperation as a unified system, and diagnosing and addressing any performancebottlenecks. This is the unseen ingredient that helps ensure rapid, low-risk, and trouble-free deployment of BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud.Scalability, Agility, Simplicity, and Cost EfficiencyAn increasingly popular approach to improving data center efficiencies is consolidationthrough server virtualization – specialized software allowing multiple servers runningas virtual machines (VMs) to operate on a single physical server. By virtualizing andconsolidating servers, data centers can increase the utilization of hardware and decreasethe number of physical assets requiring deployment, maintenance, and management.Virtualization allows applications to be consolidated into a more efficientimplementation, such as IBM has designed with BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud.Virtualization simplifies IT while cutting costs for equipment, energy, physical space,and management. Organizations that build virtualized data centers upon BladeCenterFoundation for Cloud can drive down their total cost of ownership in multiple ways,including enabling more effective management and leveraging the organization’s capitalinvestments in IT assets.The Intel Xeon 5600 Series processors used in the solution automatically regulate powerconsumption and intelligently adjust server performance according to the data center’sapplication needs, maximizing both energy efficiency and performance. This powerfulcombination results from the new Intel 32nm microarchitecture. Featuring IntelIntelligent Power Technology, it reduces energy costs over single-core servers byautomatically shifting the CPU and memory into the lowest available power state thatcan still deliver the needed performance. These processors can help reduce energy costsby up to 95 percent.22Performance and power comparisons are based on estimated server-side Java benchmark results (IntelCorporation Jan 2010). Platform power was estimated during the steady state window of the benchmark runand at idle. Performance gain compared to baseline was 15x.Edison: IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud White Paper Page 10
  • 14. IBM System Networking’s unique VMready software runs on the IBM BNT switch thatis part of the BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud solution, eliminating use of CPU cyclesfor its operation. It makes the entire network VM-aware, automatically discovering andidentifying virtual machines in the data center. The network can be configured andmanaged for thousands of virtual ports without manual intervention. VMreadyautomatically tracks migrating VMs, enabling organizations to manage VMs as they areadded, moved, or removed while retaining the same ACLs, QoS, and VLAN attributes.It can simplify management by grouping similar VMs together. VMready works with allmajor virtualization offerings, including VMware, Microsoft’s Hyper-V, Xen, and KVM,and provides “single pane of glass” management for both VMready switches and ESXvSwitches. It also delivers a rich repository of VM information, such as IP addresses, VMname, and ESX server location via both visual displays and reporting.Built-In Server Virtualization with VMware and Open Fabric ManagerIBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud uses industry-leading server virtualizationtechnology from VMware, as well as BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager (BOFM), as theheart of its virtualization platform. The VMware software provides the servervirtualization capability, while BOFM virtualizes LAN/SAN configurations, providing asingle point of I/O address management that can be deployed across as many as 256chassis. It allows for replacement of blades with no reconfiguration required.In addition to scalability and flexible agility, the virtualization capabilities ofBladeCenter Foundation for Cloud reduce TCO due to factors that include: Efficient utilization of CPU resources – Non-virtualized hardware servers typically operate at as little as 10 percent utilization levels. Virtualized servers can typically utilize as much as 80 percent of physical server resources, depending upon VM density. Combined with the advantages provided by the Intel Intelligent Power Technology in the Intel Xeon Processor 5600 Series, this strategy delivers the highest cost efficiency in processor usage. Ease of centralized management – Virtualized servers enable more efficient, centralized management, and IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud fully leverages this capability. With a high-performance IBM x3550 M3 as the engine driving enterprise management software, including IBM Director, organizations can manage a heterogeneous data center from a single console. Efficient utilization of power – An energy-smart design as well as integrated power management capabilities help drive optimal utilization of valuable power and cooling resources. The single console provided by IBM Director on the x3550 M3 can be used to monitor and manage key energy metrics, such as power, cooling, temperature, and airflow, to ensure optimal efficiency and minimize energy costs.Edison: IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud White Paper Page 11
  • 15.  Consolidated networking – 10Gb Converged Network Adapters (CNA) combined with the top-of-rack FCoE switches mentioned earlier, can improve TCO. By consolidating Fibre Channel and Ethernet traffic, this technology helps organizations significantly reduce power, cooling, and cabling costs by using a single adapter for TCP/IP and Fibre Channel traffic. Less maintenance – Consolidation of servers through virtualization means that there are fewer physical assets to maintain and service, driving down both capital expenses and time spent by technical support staff. Efficient utilization of data center floor space – Consolidating many hardware servers into few considerably reduces a data center’s requirements for expensive commercial real estate space.Scalability Through ArchitectureBladeCenter Foundation for Cloud brings a high degree of flexibility to the data center,allowing organizations to deploy immediately, then scale as their business requirementsevolve. Standard configurations are available that support approximately 150 VMs, upto 500 VMs, and up to over 1,000 VMs. However, BladeCenter Foundation for Cloudenables additional granular scalability using a number of approaches: More memory can be added per blade. Additional physical servers can be added as required, up to the maximum number of available blade slots per system. The IBM System Storage DS3500 fibre channel storage unit used in BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud scales from 7.2 TB to 58 TB. The platform can extend to a cloud environment simply through additional software functionality (IBM Service Delivery Manager). No infrastructure rip-and-replace, with its attendant disruption to business continuity, is required.ReliabilityIn a virtualized data center capable of consolidating considerable IT resources, reliabilityand resilience become even more critical than on a traditional platform. Organizationsneed assurance that placing more resources on fewer physical servers will not risk majorresource unavailability. BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud provides that assurance bydelivering a highly resilient and reliable environment with no single point of failure.Edison: IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud White Paper Page 12
  • 16. RedundancyRedundancy in the BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud is built-in at the component level.The IBM BladeCenter HS22V blade servers are equipped with redundant 2980W powersupplies, redundant Advanced Management Modules, two 10 Gbps virtual fabricswitches, and two virtual fabric extension modules. The BladeCenter H chassis alsooffers redundant connectors from the blade to the mid-place for power and I/O, twoN+N power domains, and two AC and DC chassis power buses. The high-performanceDS3500 fibre channel storage unit, too, has dual controllers built in.System Attributes Supporting ReliabilityIBM designs systems with reliability uppermost in mind, and much of the functionalityof features within the BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud environment – even wherethose features have other primary goals – is intended to enhance overall reliability. Someof the more notable factors supporting reliability include: BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager enhances resiliency by automating network and storage address virtualization; this facilitates faster failover recovery and less disruptive expansion. The ability of IBM VMready to track migrating VMs assists in rapidly moving VMs to other blades, minimizing downtime for maintenance or replacement of hardware. Predictive Failure Analysis, a management tool only available on IBM systems, monitors vital system components for maximum availability. It can notify administrators in advance of possibly impending hardware failures, and can be used in BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud to trigger preemptive action, automatically averting problems that might impact availability before they occur.IBM-Backed Quality and SupportBacking up the quality of products and technology for which it is known, IBM puts anextensive and highly available support organization behind its installations. The vendorhelps organizations optimize their investments in technology by offering a single pointof serviceability, backed by experience, education, support, and training. This coveragealso extends to third-party components incorporated into BladeCenter Foundation forCloud, enabling compatibility among a variety of IBM and partner products. Forexample, Emulex 10 GbE Virtual Fabric Adapters and QLogic Virtual Fabric ExtensionModules are part of the IBM ServerProven program. This is important to avoid thevendor finger pointing that, in unified architectures consisting of multiple products, canso often result in costly, drawn-out downtime.Edison: IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud White Paper Page 13
  • 17. ConclusionThe IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud sets the standard for highly efficient andreliable virtualized server platforms that provide a unified architecture in a matter ofdays, with minimal risk. Aside from impressive quality and intelligent designthroughout, the platform offers features and/or functionality that set it apart from anycomparable virtualization platforms available.Noteworthy factors to be aware of include: BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud simplifies management by enabling single- console management of a heterogeneous data center, including non-IBM network devices and network storage from other vendors. BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud reduces operating expenses and maximizes reliability by enabling organizations to set up automated event action plans, allowing for the definition of tasks based on hardware alerts, and to automate custom scheduled tasks. Aside from built-in server virtualization using VMware technology, BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud can use any major virtualization solutions, including Xen, KVM, or Hyper-V. BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud offers Virtual Machine Image Management, which greatly expedites VM management.IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud provides rapid return on investment and drivesdown total cost of ownership in a multitude of ways. It has no single point of failure,and IBM’s excellent and highly responsive technical support organization ensuresreliability even further. All of which makes BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud asolution that no organization currently providing or planning to implement cloud-basedservices can afford to overlook. BLL03038-USEN-00Edison: IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud White Paper Page 14

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