IBM Systems and TechnologyData Sheet                                                          IBM Starter Kit for Cloud   ...
IBM Systems and TechnologyData Sheet●    Investment protection from full support of existing                   Configure wo...
IBM Systems and TechnologyData Sheet Northbound REST APIs (CFS programmatic for partners, services)              Provision...
Why IBM?The IBM Starter Kit for Cloud x86 Edition has features thatset it apart from other products. It provides in a sing...
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IBM Cloud Starter Kit x86 edition solution sheet

  1. 1. IBM Systems and TechnologyData Sheet IBM Starter Kit for Cloud x86 Edition Robust cloud software stack for System x with self-service, automation and simplified management Reliable, secure and easy-to-use Highlights IBM Starter Kit for Cloud x86 Edition is an entry-level software offering that takes your virtualized environment from “cloud-ready” to “cloud.” ● Cloud software stack delivers fast time Users can request and provision an environment quickly through an to value easy-to-use web-based interface. IT managers can monitor and manage ● Simple- to-deploy, easy-to-use, works this environment for improved efficiency and utilization of the with existing infrastructure data center. IBM Starter Kit for Cloud x86 Edition works with the ● Easily integrates with BladeCenter IBM® BladeCenter® Foundation for Cloud virtualization platform in Foundation for Cloud addition to select IBM System x® and BladeCenter servers. ● Optimizes the data center with increased automation, structured security, comprehensive management, and Starter Kit capabilities resource sharing Create images: Simplify storage of thousands of images ● Scales to improve quality and meet ● Easily create new ‘golden master’ images and software appliances using demand for continuous availability corporate standard operating systems ● Offers metering tools to develop usage ● Convert images from physical systems or between various and billing models to track ROI x86 hypervisors ● Reliably track images to ensure compliance and minimize security risks ● Optimize resources, reducing the number of virtualized images and the storage required for them Deploy VMs: Slash time to value for new workloads from months to a few days ● Deploy application images across compute and storage resources ● End user self-service for improved responsiveness ● Ensure security through VM isolation, project-level user access controls ● Easy to use – no need to know all the details of the infrastructure
  2. 2. IBM Systems and TechnologyData Sheet● Investment protection from full support of existing Configure workload to host virtualized environments Configure workload targets to system pool● Optimize performance on IBM systems with dynamic scaling, Configure Virtual Appliance Parameters expansive capacity and continuous operation Register Virtual Appliance for User SelectionOperate a private cloud: Cut costs with efficient operations Approve/Reject New Workload Requests Approve/Reject Workload Resize Requests● Delegate provisioning to authorized users to Configure Billing improve productivity Charging accounts, account assignment● Maintain full oversight to ensure an optimally running and Configure approvals safe Cloud through automated approval/rejection● Standardize deployment and configuration to improve Configure Metering compliance and reduce errors by setting policies, defaults Configure to generate metering records and templates Create & Manage Projects● Simplify administration with an intuitive interface for manag- Add users as admin, deployer, viewer ing projects, users, workloads, resources, billing, approvals Create Users and metering Configure Network Pools Configure LDAP environmentDetailed List of Functions Cloud Configuration to VMControl (Power) Request access to a project Manual Intervention Request CFS access from login panel Review event logs & failures Request workload creation – appliance deploy Workload movement Set user instance parameters (CPU, memory) Table 2: IT Administrator Functions Resize Running Workloads Delete a Workload Add/remove additional disks Subscriber Level – End User Self Service Interface Clone a workload Cloud Admin User Interface Start/Stop a workload Isolation of resources and users through projects/workspace Review workload properties Approval Policies for workload deployment & resize Add additional disk Basic Billing, metering and audit Set disk size Supports underlying virtualization management features Support enterprise features of virtual system managementTable 1: Departmental User Functions Storage pools, system pools, network config, placement optimization Support Systems Director and VMC for platform management 2
  3. 3. IBM Systems and TechnologyData Sheet Northbound REST APIs (CFS programmatic for partners, services) Provision via VCenter Easy installation of management stack Provision from VS Templates Integrate Customer LDAP Server Provision to VCenter hosts, and clusters VM Power on/off Isolate projects via data stores/data center Upgrade export to TSAM, and ISDM User initiated root disk resize Supported on AIX (Power) and on Linux (x86) Allow/tolerate vSphere initiated migration Dynamic Disk management Retrieve deployment properties Add v-disk (VMControl) Back-up & Restores via Self-Service (VCenter) Resize disk at deploy (VCenter) Provides capability to capture Physical to Virtual images for deployment in Starter Kit environment Supports multiple VM Ware Clusters & resource pools Better manage image sprawl - Move the workload from one hypervisor Support multiple VMWare data stores type to a different hypervisor type from a single image source Support appliances with multiple V-nics Admin initiated migration Table 3: Starter Kit Features and Functions Kit Software Components Starter Kit for Cloud management stack Self-service UI Customer • Approval policy, REST API integration project management, users & roles Cloud administration Tivoli • Events and auditing and management Provisioning • Metering • Image library and config Manager for vCenter API Images 7.1.1 VMControl VMware 2.3.1 vCenter IBM Systems Director 6.2 ESXi System x HW Reference ConfigurationsFigure 3: Kit Software Components 3
  4. 4. Why IBM?The IBM Starter Kit for Cloud x86 Edition has features thatset it apart from other products. It provides in a single product,a comprehensive cloud software stack with capabilities that canonly be provided by multiple products from other providers, © Copyright IBM Corporation 2011such as VMware. It is easily upgradeable to support advancedCloud features when these features are required. IBM Systems and Technology Group Route 100 Somers, New York 10589For more information Produced in the United States of AmericaTo learn more about the IBM Starter Kit for Cloud x86 Edition October 2011visit: All Rights Reservedstarterkit/index.html or contact your IBM marketing representa- IBM, the IBM logo,, BladeCenter, zEnterprise, and System x aretive or IBM Business Partner. trademarks of 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 aAdditionally, IBM Global Financing can help you acquire the trademark symbol (® or ™), these symbols indicate U.S. registered orIT solutions that your business needs in the most cost-effective common law trademarks owned by IBM at the time this information wasand strategic way possible. We’ll partner with credit-qualified published. Such trademarks may also be registered or common law trademarks in other countries. A current list of IBM trademarks isclients to customize an IT financing solution to suit your busi- available on the web at “Copyright and trademark information” atness goals, enable effective cash management, and improve your cost of ownership. IBM Global Financing is your smartest Other company, product or service names may be trademarks or servicechoice to fund critical IT investments and propel your business marks of others.forward. For more information, visit: All statements regarding IBM’s future direction and intent are subjec t to change or withdrawal without notice, and represent goals and objectives only. Some features require the purchase of additional software components. Please Recycle XSD03126-USEN-01