Provision in minutes Reduces silosFewer interdependencies between storage and networkingAll server identity (MAC addresses, IP addresses, Fiber Channel WWN) moves with the server image regardless of which physical or virtual server the image is assigned to.RAPID PROVISIONING OF SERVER IMAGESIn a Dell AIM environment servers are stateless. You have the choice of booting from local disk or central storage (SAN, NAS, iSCSI). Dell AIM provisions a server in minutes by assigning a server to a specific server image and booting it. Dell ’s image-based provisioning greatly simplifies the provisioning process regardless of the target server’s configuration. Dell AIM provides sophisticated tools to quickly migrate server images between local disks and central storage. Resulting images are mobile – bootable across disparate physical servers and virtual machines. Server images are customized offline to include the correct drivers for booting on the destination server. This also allows physical-to-physical (P2P) or physical-to-virtual (P2V) migration of server images for server upgrades, refresh, or consolidation. SERVER IDENTITY MANAGEMENT FOR NETWORK AND STORAGE CONNECTIVITYNetwork connectivity depends on the role a server is assigned. Dell AIM dynamically provisions the MAC and IP addresses of your servers. Dell AIM also adjusts the connectivity topology of your network to suit the assigned roles of your servers. As server roles change, the network topology adjusts automatically. Dell AIM establishes storage access for each server dynamically. Any server can boot from any image without manual reconfiguration of the storage device. Dell AIM assigns the server’s identity to access its boot image and data volumes stored on Fiber Channel, iSCSI, and NAS. END-TO-END PROVISIONING OF SERVERS AND CONNECTIVITY TO NETWORKS AND STORAGECreating a dynamic infrastructure requires coordinated provisioning and configuration management across servers, network and storage connectivity. Dell AIM is unique in its ability to manage your data center infrastructure as a whole – ensuring end-to-end application functionality. Dell IM’s graphical user interface presents a unified view of data center resources – both physical and virtual. Provisioning the infrastructure required for applications is simple and intuitive. Multi-tiered web applications and their associated network topologies are represented in an easy to understand visual metaphor.
Dell AIM can provision servers with hypervisors (VMware ESX, Hyper-V, Xen) and also manage the provisioning of the virtual machines in those hypervisors. Where clusters of hypervisors are required, Dell AIM coordinates the provisioning of network and storage access shared among cluster members. Dell AIM can easily grow and shrink cluster capacity based on need. Dell AIM allows you to move server images between physical servers and virtual machines without conversion. During the lifecycle of application development, testing and deployment, Dell AIM gives you the freedom to provision server images to the most suitable server type without requiring any modification
Dell AIM provides an N+1 availability solution. A spare server anywhere in the infrastructure can replace any failed server. Dell AIM automatically detects server failures and retargets the failed server’s image to an available spare – physical or virtual. Network and storage connectivity is automatically established for the spare server. Dell AIM eliminates the need for complex and expensive clustering solutions for those applications that can sustain momentary failures. This allows you to protect all of your applications against hardware failures, not just your high end applicationsOne of the traditional AIM use cases is rapid recovery (N+1 HA) of hardware failures. You can eliminate all the need for keeping numerous identical hardware assets available, rebuilding the hypervisor host, reconfiguring the IP connectivity, etc, etc. AIM does this by removing the dependency on a piece of physical infrastructure from making that service or business system available to your end-users. For example,it could be the local drive (which has your OS, Hypervisor, etc). AIM would be a great solution to dramatically reduce the time to recover a node failure within a virtualization cluster (one of our standard use cases) and the method that allows AIM to do this is by migrating that workload to central storage and then allowing it to boot to a variety of hardware assets (physical or virtual) regardless of the various characteristics of that hardware asset (obviously as long as the hardware is on our HCL).
AIM provides dynamic and automated management of servers, with the ability to dynamically provision new servers and software on these servers, including virtual switches. Configures & manages VMware ESX standard vSwitchConfigures VM networking based on workload attributesApplies the required network settings to the appropriate ports to complete the network configurationConfigures NIC parametersOn physical servers and virtual machines and virtual Ethernet adapters on VMsSupport for Windows and Linux workloads on:Bare metal servers with 1GigE, 10GigE and CNAs VMware ESX and Microsoft V Hyper-V VMs
AIM Web Service APIs – AimWsDesign to enables integration with other Ecosystem partners Provides a language agnostic way to interface to AIM Controller Access to all AIM administrative and operational functionsIncludes creating, configuring, updating, deleting, monitoring, and operating the entire AIM environment. The SDK includes sample programs written in Java and C#. A developer’s guide is also shipped with the releaseWork with Dell and our partners – AIM and VMware – integration AIM plugin fro VMware, Configure vswitchAIM and Microsoft AIM and BMC
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From pallet to production in minutes<br />Provision servers in minutes <br />Automatic configuration of Network connectivity and storage access <br />Reduces silos<br />Fewer interdependencies between storage and networking<br />Choice of booting <br />Local disk or centralized storage (SAN, NAS, iSCSI). <br />Migration of server images <br />Allows physical-to-physical (P2P) or physical-to-virtual (P2V)<br />AIM - Rapid Provisioning<br />
AIM – Eases Virtualization Deployment<br />Rack once … Cable once<br />Discovers and manages <br />Hypervisors and any VMs already configured <br />Provides seamless mobility of workloads <br />Between physical servers and virtual machines without needing a conversion process<br />Easily grow and shrink cluster capacity based on needs <br />
Protect applications against hardware failures<br />Provides an N+1 availability <br />A spare server anywhere in the infrastructure can replace any failed server. <br />Automatically detects server failures <br />Retargets the failed server’s image to available spare – physical or virtual. <br />Network and storage connectivity is automatically established<br />AIM – Automated High Availability<br />
AIM – Streamlines Network Configuration <br />Never have to re-cable! <br />Creates & configures networks and network connections<br />Intelligently identifies the kind of connectivity an AIM workload requires, regardless of the machine type – p or v<br />Enhanced control of network <br />Configures VLAN connectivity for VMware switches on a port-by-port basis<br />Configures NIC parameters: consistent network identity as a workload moves between servers<br />6<br />
Maintain choice and freedom to innovate<br />Builds on your existing investments <br />Enables integration with other SW products <br />AIM Web Service APIs – AimW<br />AIM plug-ins <br />Simplifies and unifies management of a mixed environment of hypervisors, servers, network and storage <br />AIM Extends Capabilities<br />7<br />