IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud

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Organizations are looking to cloud computing solutions to improve the flexibility of their IT. But in today’s marketplace you still need to control operating expense, improve performance and maintain reliability. You need a cloud infrastructure solution that can help you manage costs and risk.
As information technology evolves, your data center faces a range of pressures from growing complexity. Energy usage and costs are rising; keeping your systems reliable is becoming more difficult; managing the whole system is time-consuming and expensive. You need your IT environment to be simple to manage, responsive to changing needs and cost effective.

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IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud

  1. 1. IBM BladeCenter Foundation for CloudComprehensive virtualization with converged networking andeasy-to-manage scaling to cloudExecutive summaryOur understanding of your goalsOrganizations are looking to cloud computing solutions to improve the flexibility of their IT. But in today’smarketplace you still need to control operating expense, improve performance and maintain reliability. Youneed a cloud infrastructure solution that can help you manage costs and risk.As information technology evolves, your data center faces a range of pressures from growing complexity.Energy usage and costs are rising; keeping your systems reliable is becoming more difficult; managingthe whole system is time-consuming and expensive. You need your IT environment to be simple tomanage, responsive to changing needs and cost effective.We have identified the following key shifts that drive today’s reality.● Continued economic pressure is driving the need to cut costs in every part of an organization. IT budgets are under pressure, while demands on IT systems continue to grow as new solutions are needed to business problems.● Consolidation of simple compute platforms has become a proven IT strategy to help reduce costs and improve efficiency over the past several years.● The pace of change in many industries demands frequent addition or adaptation of applications—and the supporting IT infrastructure.● As a result, many businesses have more complex environments, depending on heterogeneous platforms to address a range of business challenges.This new reality brings with it new challenges.● As complexity rises, organizations are challenged to maintain data security, application responsiveness and system reliability. Adding capacity or features makes these problems worse.● Building an infrastructure that provides the flexibility to grow and change in order to address changing business demands while also providing the reliability of an enterprise-class solution can be difficult.● Organizations must reduce operating costs—skilled labor for provisioning and management, energy costs and the cost of downtime—while continuing to provide new application functionality and improve performance.Because of these shifts and challenges, companies like **CUSTOMER** need tothink and work differently.They need to plan differently.Companies can reduce complexity beginning in the design stage, by planning a solution that integratesservers, storage and networking into an easy to manage system.They need to buy differently.
  2. 2. Buying a system that is capable of the performance and reliability demanded by the business but is stillsimple and efficient to implement and manage is key.They need to deploy differently.Companies need to deploy a system that is ready for your applications now, but designed for flexibilityand ready to grow and adapt with your business—without constant, extensive infrastructure changes.The IBM solutionThe IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud is a complete, converged architecture that brings leadingtechnologies together so you can implement a complete, responsive, virtualized environment that iscloud-ready.Solution capabilitiesBuilt on the BladeCenter platform, the BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud is available in three standardconfigurations, from small (four blade servers) to large (28 blade servers), to give you the flexibility tochoose the size of your solution while minimizing deployment time and risk.Key features include:● Built-in management of both the virtualized and physical environments using IBM Systems Director and VMware’s vCenter Server● Built-in virtualization based on VMware’s vSphere Enterprise Edition● Fully tested and performance optimized hardware and software configurations that include networking and storage for fast time to value● Channel enabled solutions with customer configurations integrated by certified IBM Business PartnersSection: Solution overviewSolution benefits● Designed to give you quick payback on your IT investment in a challenging economic environment with an IT solution that can dynamically and rapidly respond to changing requirements and workloads.● Complete, converged solution with integrated management server controlled by IBM Systems Director software designed to provide a cloud-ready, virtualized environment that is easy to deploy, easy to manage and highly reliable.● Designed to reduce ongoing costs by lowering space requirements and associated cost per square foot—up to 36 percent less rack space than competitive systems—and lowering the cost of power and cooling—up to 23 percent less than competitive systems.i● Integrated 10GbE Virtual Fabric technology can reduce networking CAPEX by up to 54 percent by providing the converged networking infrastructure to eliminate up to 75 percent of the traditionally required switches and adapters.iiOffers exceptional network bandwidth with 200 Gbps aggregate uplink per chassis and 14.3 Gbps perblade, providing up to seven times the bandwidth of competitive systems to dynamically migrate virtualmachines by as much as 18 times faster improving utilization and optimizing performanceWhy IBM?IBM is a proven leader in cloud computing solutions
  3. 3. Built on technologies deployed at thousands of customer sites across the globe, the BladeCenterFoundation for Cloud can help you simplify and accelerate your virtualized data center acquisition anddeployment. Time-tested virtualization implementation methods and best practices gained from IBM’s ownexperiences have already helped clients plan, develop, test and optimize their IT environments forsuccessful virtualized computing deployments. We offer multiple, scalable configurations to meet specificbusiness and IT requirements.Customer quotes[NOTE TO SELLER: Add appropriate quotes if available]Analyst quotes[NOTE TO SELLER: Add appropriate quotes if available]IBM offers tailored financing solutions to credit-qualified clients that can be customized to address yourspecific IT needs from great rates to flexible payment plans and loans. Our asset management servicesinclude certified used equipment, online asset management, buyback, asset disposal, and disk overwrite.IBM is committed to supporting eco-friendly practices. You can join us in this effort by consideringsoftcopy or DVD/CD response submissions for future proposals.How to move forwardNOTE to sellers: provide next steps based on the needs of your customer these steps might include:briefings, workshops, planning services, implementation services, financing, etc.Implementation Plan by Phase Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 ASSESS NEEDS CREATE A ROADMAP MANAGE THE RISKS 3 - 6 weeks 5 - 8 weeks 2 - 4 weeksIBM Perform technology needs Collaborative roadmap Implement and monitor assessment writingPartner N/A Provision of roadmap Support software**CUSTOMER** Fill out needs assessment Collaborative roadmap Test and report questionnaire writingIBM Maintenance and Technical Support solutions can help you get the most out of your IT investment byreducing support costs, increasing availability and simplifying management with integrated support foryour multiproduct, multivendor hardware and software environment. For more information on hardwaremaintenance, software support, solution support and managed support, visit:ibm.com/services/maintenanceIBM Global Financing can help you acquire the IT solutions that your business needs in the most cost-effective and strategic way possible. Well partner with credit-qualified clients to customize an IT financingsolution to suit your business goals, enable effective cash management, and improve your total cost ofownership. For more information, visit: ibm.com/financing
  4. 4. i IBM comparison between a 9U IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud solution and an equivalent performing Cisco UCS configuration as of February2012.ii Versus typical IBM BladeCenter 1Gb networking configurationsData Sheet contentHighlights● Comprehensive virtualization platform with converged networking, servers, storage and management● High return on Investment platform, large virtual machine capacity in a simple-to-manage package● Fast and easy to order and deploy with tested configurations● Reduce complexity and risk with best practices high availability designed in● Energizes new performance and technology into existing datacenters and opens easy pathway to cloudFast and reliable path to virtualizationVirtualizing your data center offers many potential benefits including reduced upfront capital and operatingcosts. Yet the challenges of installing and configuring a virtual environment can sometimes beoverwhelming. Reduce complexity and risk with IBM BladeCenter® Foundation for Cloud. It provides theflexibility needed to make this easy with preintegrated systems and a preloaded management system.Comprehensively designed with everything needed to deploy a high-performance, reliable and scalablefully virtualized data center, it comes with, converged networking, virtualized servers, storage andavailable start-up services to help you take the guesswork out of establishing a virtualized data centerenvironment. BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud can help you get up and running in days, not weeks. Thissolution is built by combining the strength of the IBM System x® platform and the advantages of the latestBladeCenter capabilities in the virtualized environment—including great performance, unmatchedreliability, 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 multipleconfiguration sizes to meet your organization’s specific needs.Maximize capital usage for greater savingsVirtualized data centers built upon the BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud can help drive down your totalcost of ownership by enabling you to more effectively manage and leverage your capital investments in ITassets. Based on BladeCenter systems, it provides a large network bandwidth capacity that exceedscompetitor offerings and enables the rapid movement of virtual machine images, combined with areduced cost of connectivity by up to 44 percent compared to traditional rack servers.1 Energy-smartdesign and integrated power management capabilities help drive optimal utilization of valuable power and
  5. 5. cooling resources. With greater visibility into key energy metrics across your IT assets, you can identifyareas where energy consumption can be reduced. Built-in virtualization helps create a simplified, flexibleIT environment that can save up to half of your valuable data center space while allowing you to moreeffectively use fewer resources. Storage virtualization is supported via the optional addition of IBMSystem Storage® SAN Volume Controller, which also helps to increase management efficiency andresource utilization of heterogeneous storage assets.Improve business resiliencyBladeCenter Foundation for Cloud offers a highly resilient environment with no single point of failure andadvanced virtualization capabilities designed to simplify management with a combination of IBM SystemsDirector and VMware vCenter server. It includes IBM BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager, whichautomates network and storage address virtualization for faster failover recovery and easier expansion.Best-in-class systems management tools like predictive failure analysis and light path diagnostics canminimize downtime, while remote access capabilities let you control both physical and virtual IT resourcesthrough a single interface. Integration with VMware vCenter lets you easily move virtual machinesbetween servers to help decrease downtime and protect against unplanned outages.Reduce complexityIn addition to improving business resiliency, the BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud environment canreduce complexity and risk by offering configurations that have been through rigorous design,performance analysis and support for architectures based on leading technologies such as convergenceand management centralization. The solution comes from the IBM or from certified business partners,with all the parts fully integrated, including racks, servers, storage, networking, software, PDUs, KVM,cables, SFPs, etc. This helps reduce the common errors that can occur with onsite integration andconfiguration.Scale easily to cloudThe BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud offers a high degree of flexibility, enabling you to deploy now andscale as your business requirements change. Standard configurations offer the ability to scale up to 2,000virtual machines, and additional server blades can be added as needed. In addition, the systems can bescaled by adding more memory. The BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud can easily extend to a cloudenvironment with the addition of software functionality, such as SmartCloud Entry, IBM Service DeliveryManager or similar offerings, and it can be done without having to rip-and-replace the installedinfrastructure. Whether to match growing business needs or to add the latest in features in Cloudtechnology, BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud enables easy scalability.Why IBM?Built on technologies deployed at thousands of customer sites across the globe, the BladeCenterFoundation for Cloud can help you simplify and accelerate your virtualized data center acquisition anddeployment. Time-tested virtualization implementation methods and best practices gained from IBM’s ownexperiences have already helped clients plan, develop, test and optimize their IT environments forsuccessful virtualized computing deployments. We offer multiple, scalable configurations to meet specificbusiness and IT requirements.IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud at a glance
  6. 6. SystemsVirtualization management and compute nodes IBM BladeCenter H chassis ● HS23 blades with dual-socket Intel Xeon E5-2620 6C 2.0 GHz processors, 128 GB memory or Intel Xeon E5-2650 8C 2.0 GHz processors ● HS22V* blades with dual socket Intel Xeon E5659 6C 2.53 GHz processors, 96 GB memory ● HS22 blades with dual-socket Intel Xeon E5645 6C 2.4 GHz processors, 48 GB memory ● HX5 blades with dual-socket Intel Xeon E7-2830 8C 2.13 GHz processors, 128 GB memory ● HX5 + MAX5 blades with dual-socket Intel Xeon E7-8867L 10C 2.13 GHz processors, 320 GB memoryInterconnectsEthernet switch options ● IBM Virtual Fabric 10 Gb Switch Module* with QLogic Virtual Fabric Extension Module* ● Brocade FCoE Switch Module ● Cisco Nexus 4001i FCoE Switch ModuleConverged network adapter options ● HS23 only: Onboard 10 Gigabit Ethernet with Emulex BE3 controller; IBM Virtual Fabric Advanced Software Upgrade (LOM) providing support for FCoE ● Emulex Virtual Fabric Adapter II with FCoE* ● QLogic 2-port CNAExternal storageStorage servers IBM System Storage DS3524* or IBM Storwize® v7000Storage expansion EXP3000 storage expansion units or IBM Storwize v7000 expansion unitsSoftwareBlade operating system VMware vSphere ESXi 5.0 or 4.1*Server management node IBM System x3550 M3Server management node software Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 Standard Edition 64-bit; IBM Systems Director including Active Energy Manager; BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager†Virtualization management software VMware vCenter ServerScalability 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 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
  7. 7. Warranty 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 upgradesFor more informationTo learn more about BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud, visit:ibm.com/systems/bladecenter/solutions/infrastructure/virtualization/integratedcloudplatform/index.html , orcontact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner.© Copyright IBM Corporation 2012IBM Systems and Technology GroupRoute 100Somers, New York 10589Produced in the United States of AmericaJune 2012IBM, the IBM logo, ibm.com, BladeCenter, System Storage, and System x are trademarks of International Business Machines Corp., registered inmany jurisdictions worldwide. Other product and service names might be trademarks of IBM or other companies. A current list of IBM trademarks isavailable at ibm.com/legal/copytrade.shtmlIntel 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.This document is current as of the initial date of publication and may be changed by IBM at any time. Not all offerings are available in every country inwhich IBM operates.THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUTANY 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. 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 ibm.com and hp.com as of February 1, 2011.* Included in predefined configurations that can be easily ordered directly from IBM.† BladeCenter Open Fabric Manager runs in the BladeCenter Advanced Management Module.BL403044-USEN-04

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