Cloud computing made simple with IBM BladeCenter


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Businesses today are under tremendous pressure driven by shifts
like an increasingly mobile workforce and the need for greater
productivity. Yet, companies are being asked to accommodate
these increased demands without an increase in resources. As a
result, many companies are considering cloud computing, using
computing resources only when and where needed, as a way to
reduce the cost and complexity of delivering traditional IT services.
While cloud computing has raised expectations, industry
buzz had made its implementation seem overly complex. Based
on extensive client experience and easy to deploy solutions,
IBM can simplify the implementation of cloud enabled data
center for clients.

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Cloud computing made simple with IBM BladeCenter

  1. 1. IBM Systems and TechnologyCloud computing made simple withIBM BladeCenterConverge your data center on your own terms
  2. 2. 2 Cloud computing made simple with IBM BladeCenterHighlights infrastructures. There are several key components of successful IBM is a leader in cloud computing, with 80 percent of●● ● ● virtualized or cloud deployment; and in each of these areas, Fortune 500 companies using IBM cloud capabilities IBM® BladeCenter® offers unique advantages: IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud enables fast, complete●● ● ● virtualized platform deployment with network, servers, storage ●● ● Easy to order and deploy: rapidly deliver a virtualized platform and management ●● ● Scalability: proven enterprise platform that can easily scale to IBM SmartCloud Entry simplifies transition to a private●● ● ● meet changing business demands cloud infrastructure with simple, intuitive cloud software that ●● ● Fits into existing infrastructure: seamless integration with seamlessly integrates with BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud no rip and replace Fit-for-purpose portfolio from IBM can help cut cost per●● ● ● ●● ● Superior performance: application performance and workload with a workload optimized, energy efficient and availability to reduce solution costs resilient platform IBM System Networking helps reduce infrastructure adminis-●● ● ● tration with single point of management for virtual and physical resources: servers, storage and network Grow your business without rip-and-replace. Interoperable,●● ● ● Virtualization Cloud best-of-breed portfolio delivers leadership, choice and flexibility IBM BladeCenter 23x faster performance, 96 percent reduction in energy costs●● ● ● Foundation for SmartCloud Entry and 99 percent IT footprint reduction over older industry Cloud standard rack serversBusinesses today are under tremendous pressure driven by shiftslike an increasingly mobile workforce and the need for greaterproductivity. Yet, companies are being asked to accommodate Self service,these increased demands without an increase in resources. As a Automationresult, many companies are considering cloud computing, usingcomputing resources only when and where needed, as a way to Virtual layer Virtual layerreduce the cost and complexity of delivering traditional IT ser- Management Managementvices. While cloud computing has raised expectations, industrybuzz had made its implementation seem overly complex. Based Storage Storageon extensive client experience and easy to deploy solutions,IBM can simplify the implementation of cloud enabled data Networking Networkingcenter for clients. Servers ServersIBM offers a range of solutions that help clients simplifyadministration while increasing services to users—from easy todeploy and easy to manage virtualization platforms to full cloud
  3. 3. IBM Systems and Technology 3A converged virtualization platform that BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud can easily grow from ais easy to order and deploy virtualization platform today to a cloud platform tomorrow byA converged virtualized system is a base of any cloud based solu- addition of SmartCloud Entry offering.tion. This solution is made up of servers, networking, storageand management in a tightly integrated stack. As virtualization The BladeCenter platform is ideal for virtualization, which is thebecomes fundamental to deploying new workloads, you need key foundation for IT infrastructure convergence:such converged systems to simplify IT operations. ●● ● Reduce infrastructure administration cost with a single pointToday, you have to sort through a myriad of options and build of management for virtual and physical resources, such assuch a solution yourself with trial and error. This leads to servers, storage and networking.increased complexity and long sales cycles. ●● ● Get a fit-for-purpose portfolio that can cut cost per workload with a workload optimized, energy efficient and resilientWith BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud, we have combined the elements from BladeCenter portfolio and made it easier for ●● ● Grow your business without a rip-and-replace. The interoper-you to build a tightly integrated system that is ready for virtual- able, best-of-breed networking portfolio delivers leadership,ization and can scale easily. Additionally, you retain configuration choice and flexibility.flexibility to support a wide range of datacenter requirements, ●● ● Provide 23x faster performance, 96 percent reduction inincluding interoperable I/O technologies. energy costs and 99 percent IT footprint reduction over older industry standard rack servers.1IBM BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud Fast path to virtualized Integrated Storage computing Arrives pre-sized Converged and pre-configured Networking Reduces complexity and risk Virtualized Servers Easy to order and deploy Management Scale from a virtualization platform today to a cloud platform tomorrow
  4. 4. 4 Cloud computing made simple with IBM BladeCenterEasily grow to cloud IBM Systems Director offers a single-point-of-control toManual provisioning of hardware and software is a time- simplify day-to-day administrative tasks, helping to reduce ITconsuming and cumbersome process. It takes many people management complexity and cost. With IBM Systems Director,acting serially to get a new environment up and running, which IT personnel are able to optimize compute and networkcan often take months. This repetitive manual interaction is resources with streamlined management of server, storage anderror prone and can cause inconsistent configurations. Users networking, both physical and virtual. IBM Systems Director istend to keep their environments even past the time needed designed to:because the combination of lead time and the difficulty ofgetting an identical new environment can often result in an ●● ● Automate day-to-day administrative tasks:inefficient data center. – Visualize data center infrastructure. – Deploy firmware updates.As a result, many companies are considering cloud computing, – Monitor system health and provide alerts.using computing resources only when and where needed, as a ●● ● Maximize application availability by tightly linking physicalway to reduce the cost and complexity of delivering traditional and virtual environments.IT services. Simplify transition from virtualized computing ●● ● Improve capacity planning with smart energy management,to cloud infrastructure with IBM SmartCloud™ Entry. It is monitor actual power consumption and resolve hot-spots.simple, intuitive cloud software that seamlessly integrates with ●● ● Ease LAN/SAN configuration and automated failover.BladeCenter Foundation for Cloud to enable a private cloud. ●● ● Manage x86 and non-x86 environments.Some notable features of SmartCloud Entry are: ●● ● Support multiple hypervisors including VMWare, KVM and Hyper-V.●● ● An intuitive, web based self service portal where users can select an IT service from an administrator defined catalog. Seamless interoperability●● ● Virtual image tools and catalog. IBM has a customer-centric networking strategy. In contrast,●● ● Usage metering. many other systems take a narrow view of networking, requiring you to rip and replace your existing network infrastructureSmartCloud Entry is delivered as a software-only offering, to match their standards. The IBM approach is to foster anwith reference configurations or as an integrated hardware and ecosystem of partners and use industry innovation to providesoftware offering—giving you flexibility to customize or use the best-of-breed solutions that are interoperable. This flexibilityoffering as delivered. and choice means that you can choose the solution that works best for your infrastructure today and grows with your data.End-to-end management More, it can save you up to 40 percent on networking costsThrough the unique integration of IBM Systems Director and versus competitive offerings.2SmartCloud Entry, IBM provides a centralized platform forconsolidated data center administration and self-service clouddeployment to help clients significantly reduce OpEx.
  5. 5. IBM Systems and Technology 5With IBM System Networking and the acquisition of Blade iSCSI: Lower cost option to consolidate data and storageNetwork Technologies®, we are investing in the networking networks using 10 Gb Concurrently, we stay committed to work closely with ourecosystem of partners to deliver complete end-to-end network- SAS/RAID: Affordable, yet powerful 3 Gbps for direct storageing solutions including Ethernet, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand, connectivity.FCoE, SAS and iSCSI. Working closely with our partners,IBM aims to offer innovation that matters. This means that if you have already standardized on a specific technology or vendor, you don’t have to rip and replace toChoice that matters implement a BladeCenter solution. If you haven’t standardizedBladeCenter delivers the broadest I/O portfolio in the industry on a technology or vendor, you have the flexibility to mix-and-with a wide variety of solutions and a choice of industry-leading match as needed. Leadership innovation with choice means thatvendors, designed to allow clients to build solutions customized you can grow your data center on your their needs. Superior performance with leadershipVirtual Fabric: Virtual NIC technology offers up to eight server portfoliovirtual Ethernet ports from a single adapter, delivering On your path towards convergence, blade servers provide anperformance, flexibility and security. ideal platform for server and network virtualization and consoli- dation. With their modular design optimized for efficient use10 Gb Ethernet: High performance network connectivity to of physical space and energy, blades can support extraordinarysupport the increasing demands of virtualization and cloud performance while reducing your ongoing costs.infrastructures. The BladeCenter portfolio of blade servers support a wide1 Gb Ethernet: Low cost and legacy connectivity. range of workloads on Microsoft Windows, Linux and UNIX operating systems. This capability gives you the flexibility toFibre Channel: 8 Gbps and 4 Gbps options for SAN consolidate many workloads into one system, while offeringconnectivity. extraordinary energy efficiency, floor space savings and ease of management. The portfolio also features Intel Xeon seriesFCoE: Consolidates the data and storage networks into a single, processors designed for industry-leading performance and maxi-high performance, super-network using 10 Gb Ethernet. mum energy efficiency that are ideally suited for virtualization and cloud based workloads. With BladeCenter server technol-InfiniBand: High performance with low latency ideal for High ogy, you can greatly increase server density versus rack servers,Performance Computing (HPC) environments. simplify cabling, lower power and cooling costs, ease server expansion and simplify datacenter management.
  6. 6. 6 Cloud computing made simple with IBM BladeCenter Most energy efficient chassis platform BladeCenter H HS23: versatile 2-socket blade HX5: leadership scalable blade BladeCenter H: 12% greater performance per ●● Ideal for general purpose and ●● Ideal for virtualization and cloud deployments watt over HP* virtualization deployments ●● Scalable from 2-socket to 4-socket ●● Highly scalable I/O with Integrated ●● Independent memory expansion with MAX5, for 10 GbE Virtual Fabric 25% more memory per core ●● 96% reduction in energy costs alone ●● Reduce cost per workload for database and virtualization ●● 99% IT footprint reductionWith mission-critical workloads moving to x86, systems need ●● ● BladeCenter memory architecture incorporates multiple layersto keep up and application availability is critical. You can con- of memory correction and redundancy, including Chipkillfidently deploy business-critical workloads on the BladeCenter error correction, Memory ProteXion, mirroring, memoryplatform, which has rock-solid availability due to multiple layers rank sparing and memory scrubbing (model-specific).of redundancy: ●● ● BladeCenter servers and chassis monitor vital system compo- nents for maximum availability. IBM Predictive Failure●● ● The mainframe-inspired BladeCenter architecture has redun- Analysis warns in advance of potential hardware failure of key dant power and I/O connections to the blades and switches, components to trigger preemptive action, and IBM light path redundant hot-swap power supplies, blowers and management diagnostics leads a servicer directly to a failing component so modules—even automated failover of blades and switches—for it can be replaced quickly, with little or no workload no single point of failure. downtime.
  7. 7. IBM Systems and Technology 7BladeCenter - complete RAS●● Redundant connectors from the blade to the midplane for power and IO●● Two N+N power domains in chassis●● Two AC and DC chassis power buses●● No single point of failurePredictive failure PFA Cisco DELL HP IBM●● Only IBM System x® monitors vital system components for maximum Blade: availability HDD & SDD Memory No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes●● Warns ahead of potential hardware failures CPU No No Yes Yes VRM No No No Yes●● Triggers preemptive action Chassis:●● Maintains application availability Fan No No No Yes Power supply No No No YesTCO analysis availableWe can do an assessment of your business—based on an interview with Convergence with IBM Traditional IT BladeCenteryour staff—and create a view representing the savings you could achieve by Newdeploying infrastructure convergence with BladeCenter. 100% Development New Strategic Development Change Software Costs Capacity Power Costs Deployment Current (1-time) IT Spend Labor Costs Software Costs (Operations & Maintenance) Power Costs Reduced annual cost of operation Labor Costs Hardware Costs (annualized) Hardware Costs
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