Alphinat SmartGuide virtual appliance on the IBM PureFlex System


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enabling more efficient, flexible and collaborative computing models.
Cloud-based services allow companies to radically change how they
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Alphinat, a Montreal-based company, worked with IBM to enable

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Alphinat SmartGuide virtual appliance on the IBM PureFlex System

  1. 1. Alphinat SmartGuide virtual appliance on the IBM PureFlex System Rapid deployment of online application development capability on a flexible, integrated system Today, business users and consumers expect every touch point to be Highlights valuable, personalized, self-serviced and customized to the device they are using at that moment. It is nearly impossible to remain competitive by●● ● ● Substantially reduce deployment time offering new products and services in a traditional, non-web-accessible and effort manner. Businesses must continually pursue innovative methods for●● ● ● Enable rapid delivery of selling and delivering products and services, as well as invoking new SmartGuide’s capabilities ways to provide support and documentation, all while ensuring●● ● ● Utilize the performance and virtualization increasingly stringent regulatory compliance. strengths of the IBM PureFlex System Fortunately, the cloud—a profound evolution of IT with revolutionary implications for business and society—is creating new possibilities and enabling more efficient, flexible and collaborative computing models. Cloud-based services allow companies to radically change how they service consumers, run their businesses and outpace competitors. Alphinat, a Montreal-based company, worked with IBM to enable their clients to more rapidly deploy their development capabilities on IBM’s industry-leading systems, including the IBM PureFlex System. Alphinat SmartGuide is an online application-development tool that makes it possible to build web-driven applications rapidly. This ultra-fast development speed is important for many reasons, not the least of which is the rate at which cloud-based computing is growing. IBM developed a new service capability which helps ISVs prepackage applications into virtual images and appliances, easily deployable into cloud environments. Together Alphinat and IBM performed a first-of-a-kind initiative to package and automate SmartGuide.
  2. 2. KVM provides an open platform for cloud IBM provides assistance and resources to build ready-to-deployenablement virtual images and software virtual appliances. The IBM VirtualIBM and Alphinat are members of the Open Virtualization Appliance Factory is a set of Web 2.0 tools, services, and pro-Alliance, a consortium that fosters the adoption of open virtual- cesses that simplify and automate the process of making ISVization technologies including kernel-based virtual machine solutions ready for cloud deployment. The service is hosted by(KVM) and encourages interoperability and accelerates expan- IBM and benefits include:sion of the ecosystem of third party solutions around KVM.This alliance complements other open-source communities that ●● ● Entry into cloud computing with reduced up-frontmanage the development of the kernel-based virtual machine investmenthypervisor and its associated management capabilities for Linux ●● ● ISVs can focus on their core competency rather thanand Microsoft Windows applications. KVM virtualization infrastructure concernsappealed to Alphinat because of its compelling performance, ●● ● Automation and self-service—two of the compellingscalability and security, which makes it ideal for deployments attributes of cloud computingto large-scale cloud computing. From prototype to deployment withVirtual appliances are software delivery enabled through less effortvirtualization. The power behind virtual appliances lies in SmartGuide uses drag-and-drop techniques to let you designthe ability to freely share them among different hypervisors. and integrate online applications with your existing businessThey provide everything necessary to run the applications in a logic so that you can use mashups and other techniques tovirtualized environment that has been configured and tuned for accomplish the following:that application. This includes the preconfigured applicationand all of the operating system services important to the appli- ●● ● Build web self-service and diagnostics tools for call agentscations’ performance. The result: a simplified deployment. and clients to quickly find answers and resolve problems. ●● ● Automate forms-based processes to drive higher businessVirtual appliances not only simplify the deployment of process compliance and user adoption rates.applications for individual users but also power next-generation ●● ● Create product configuration guides, calculators, quotecloud computing architectures. Curtis Page, Alphinat Chief generators and assisted selling solutions to make recommen-Operating Officer, agrees: “Alphinat packaged SmartGuide dations and reduce the sales cycle. You can design it so it issolution platform as a DMTF OVF [Desktop Management like having your best employee right next to the customers,Task Force Open Virtualization Framework] compliant virtual guiding them every step of the way.appliance and accelerated cloudification, to lower risk, cost and ●● ● Design interactive tools that guide users through complexcut automation process by a factor of 10.” tasks spanning multiple departments.Rather than spending considerable time to build a specialized With its visual and intuitive assembly mechanism, SmartGuide’sdistribution with applications, independent software vendors ease of use allows business analysts to take an active part in the(ISVs) like Alphinat can focus on their application while development process, allowing them to create business logic dynamically and use prebuilt decision trees to direct the 2
  3. 3. rapid-development paths. Compared to traditional development Easy integration allows you to consolidate systems and applica-methods, SmartGuide can save from 50 to 80 percent. What’s tion workloads in order to reduce the total cost of ownershipmore, the prototype is the deployment and, even though the for your IT infrastructure. In doing so, you can simplify andresulting applications are cloud-ready, they can also be brought reduce data center complexity and sprawl. The workloads canback to the local host for deployment. Either way, the ease of be managed intelligently and controlled from a single point ofusing the development tool makes it essentially a one-of-a-kind management, and the environment provides dynamic scalabilityapplication-builder on any cloud anywhere. to help meet service levels. New capabilities can be delivered rapidly to help improve time to market for new services andSmartGuide makes it easy for organizations to constantly evolve capacity can be added cost-effectively to handle changes intheir online service offerings to keep up with ever-increasing demand.client expectations—resulting in greater cost-effectiveness,customer satisfaction and employee productivity. The power of the PureFlex System comes from an infrastruc- ture that is deeply integrated, open, born virtualized, andIBM PureFlex System—agility and dynamically and simply managed from a single vantage point.flexibility redefined It delivers built-in virtualization across servers, storage andThe IBM PureFlex System is the ideal deployment platform networking within the system to enable superior automationfor virtual appliances like Alphinat SmartGuide, as well as for and workload speed and optimization. Open and flexible, itthe cloud-ready applications that SmartGuide helps you create. works with existing investments and offers a choice of systemThe PureFlex System is purpose-built to take on the IT impli- architectures, operating systems, enterprise storage, hypervisors,cations of a smarter planet—providing an expert integrated and network switches so users can highly tune the system tosystem that combines the flexibility of general purpose systems selected workloads or a single purpose.and the simplicity of an appliance with integrated expertise.Built on open standards, the PureFlex System combines IBM’s efforts in cloud computing help optimize services tocompute, enterprise storage, networking, virtualization and meet the specific needs of enterprises. The PureFlex Systemmanagement into a single structure. But unlike its predecessors, can integrate a full set of middleware with elastic runtimesit is able to mitigate IT complexity without compromising the and data in the infrastructure system. It is a flexible, workload-f lexibility that companies need to truly tune systems to the tasks aware platform designed to be easy to deploy, customize,their businesses demands. safeguard and manage in a traditional or private cloud environment—ultimately helping to efficiently shareMany organizations run applications on more than one IT resources to improve the economics of IT.platform, maintaining parallel operating environments withmultiple management schemes. With the PureFlex System, Together the PureFlex System and Alphinat can help youyou can combine IBM POWER7® and Intel processor-based quickly deliver IT using cloud services with superior perfor-compute nodes running supported versions of IBM i, Microsoft mance and manageability, all integrated in an open systemWindows, AIX® and Linux in the same chassis, with shared ready to support cloud environments. The goal is to deploystorage and a single, integrated Flex System Manager. This new services in hours or less, rather than days, weeks orf lexibility helps accelerate deployments into cloud or virtualized months—allowing IT to play a more strategic role in theenvironments. organization. 3
  4. 4. Why IBM?IBM has built on knowledge, expertise and technology gainedfrom decades of experience and investment in IT solutions forbusiness problems and integrated it into the PureFlex System.And with a commitment to open standards you can integrateIBM solutions with other elements of your own environment © Copyright IBM Corporation 2012with your network of partners, customers and suppliers. Systems and Technology Group Route 100 Somers, NY 10589With the technical and industry expertise of IBM BusinessPartners like Alphinat and our combined ability and skill to Produced in the United States of America April 2012integrate it all together for you—along with an unwaveringcommitment to your success—you can rely on IBM and your IBM, the IBM logo,, and IBM PureFlex are trademarks ofIBM PureFlex System for your Alphinat solutions. International Business Machines Corporation in the United States, other countries or both. If these and other IBM trademarked terms are marked on their first occurrence in this information with a trademark symbolFor more information (® or ™), these symbols indicate U.S. registered or common law trademarks owned by IBM at the time this information was published.To learn more about the benefits of IBM PureFlex System and Such trademarks may also be registered or common law trademarks inAlphinat to deliver IT integrated in an open system ready to other countries. A current list of IBM trademarks is available on the web atsupport cloud environments, please contact your IBM market- “Copyright and trademark information” at representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit the follow- Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States,ing websites: other countries, or both.●● ● Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the●● ● United States, other countries, or both. Alphinat and SmartGuide are trademarks of Alphinat Corporation inAdditionally, IBM Global Financing can help you acquire the Canada, other countries, or both.IT solutions that your business needs in the most cost-effective Other company, product or service names may be trademarks or serviceand strategic way possible. We’ll partner with credit-qualified marks of others.clients to customize an IT financing solution to suit your Not all offerings are available in every country in which IBM goals, enable effective cash management, and improve The performance data discussed herein is presented as derived underyour total cost of ownership. IBM Global Financing is your specific operating conditions. Actual results may vary.smartest choice to fund critical IT investments and propel THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT IS PROVIDEDyour business forward. For more information, visit: “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, EXPRESS IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND ANY WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF NON-INFRINGEMENT. IBM products are warranted according to the terms and conditions of the agreements under which they are provided. SmartGuide is not an IBM product or offering. SmartGuide is sold or licensed, as the case may be, to users under Alphinat’s terms and conditions, which are provided with the product or offering. Availability, and any and all warranties, services and support for SmartGuide is the direct responsibility of, and is provided directly to users by, Alphinat. Please Recycle WAS12354-USEN-00