IBM SmartCloud Provisioning


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Today’s organizations face an unparalleled rate of change. According to an IBM study, 80 percent of CEOs anticipate turbulent change in their companies and are planning bold moves in response.Many organizations are turning to cloud computing—an approach that promises to improve IT service delivery and increase utilization of resources while reducing operating expenses.

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IBM SmartCloud Provisioning

  1. 1. IBM Software Data SheetCloud Computing IBM SmartCloud Provisioning Build a low-cost, highly scalable private cloud on a breakthrough IBM platform Today’s organizations face an unparalleled rate of change. According to an Highlights IBM study, 80 percent of CEOs anticipate turbulent change in their com- panies and are planning bold moves in response.1 Many organizations are ● Improve time to value with a reliable, turning to cloud computing—an approach that promises to improve IT non-stop cloud capable of automatically tolerating and recovering from software service delivery and increase utilization of resources while reducing and hardware failures operating expenses. ● Reduce IT costs and complexity by enabling self-service requests and But while many companies need the flexibility, security and control that a automating operations private cloud offers, they don’t want the complexity and risk of an ● Create rapid scalability to meet business advanced cloud implementation. For those seeking an easier and more growth with near-instant deployment of affordable entry into cloud computing, IBM offers a low-cost, highly scal- hundreds of virtual machines able option through IBM® SmartCloud Provisioning. SmartCloud Provisioning provides businesses with a true infrastructure- as-a-service (IaaS) cloud, reducing costs and providing a highly scalable, rapid deployment environment for running applications and reacting to dynamic changes in user resource demands. It works behind the scenes to prevent service outages by automatically working around hardware fail- ures and supporting in-place adding, removing and upgrading of physical servers—all without configuration changes. SmartCloud Provisioning also provides an easy first step toward cloud computing, providing a hardware- and hypervisor-agnostic approach and integrating with other IBM products to provide a comprehensive service management infrastructure. SmartCloud Provisioning is a breakthrough entry-level platform that allows companies to get cloud-enabled within a few hours. It allows stan- dardization of IT processes for new levels of operational efficiency, and it serves as a foundation for adding advanced cloud capabilities, including cloud orchestration, as needs change in the future.
  2. 2. IBM Software Data SheetCloud ComputingRapid and reliable access to the cloud provisioning overhead by minimizing the copying of imageWith SmartCloud Provisioning, IT organizations can rapidly data through the use of copy-on-write technology whichimplement the specific type of cloud environment they need, handles changes on each provisioned virtual machine.whether small, medium or large. It provides rapid deploymentof virtual systems as well as network and storage virtualization Low touch infrastructurewith preconfigured images that help organizations get the cloud Standardized and automated configuration, provisioningup and running quickly. and monitoring help administrators save valuable time while reducing errors and improving security and compliance. TheCompanies can then start taking immediate advantage of the solution can automatically tolerate and recover from softwareincreased flexibility and performance that cloud computing and hardware failures, and redundant nodes have a highly avail-offers. Accelerating the delivery of computing resources in able and robust infrastructure. Management agents connectedturn speeds the delivery of innovative products and services, in a peer-to-peer network are coordinated by a dynamicallyenabling companies to respond faster to market challenges and elected leader agent.opportunities.This low-touch private cloud environment offers near-zerodowntime with automated capabilities that can recover fromstorage or compute node failures while the cloud continues torun. Patches and upgrades can be applied to the cloud withouttaking it down. New tasks such as power/restarts and configura- API API APItion settings can be performed within minutes through an intu-itive interface. And highly fault-tolerant parallel deployment ofvirtual machines allows organizations to improve performance Cloud managementagainst the most stringent service level agreements. fabricCapabilities that cover the cloud Virtual Storage Area NetworkSmartCloud Provisioning is a true IaaS cloud providing ahighly scalable, rapid deployment environment with nearzero downtime and automated recovery across heterogeneousplatforms. The solution offers an easy-to-use, self-service userinterface so end users can get fast and reliable access to thesystems they need, ultimately boosting productivity. Within an Infrastructure-as-a-Service architecture, IBM SmartCloud Provisioning provides a highly scalable, fault-tolerant, parallel deployment ofRapid scaling to meet demand virtual machines to help improve performance against the most stringent service level agreements.At any point, the cloud can be rapidly scaled up or down asneeded, helping organizations meet changing IT requirementswithout disrupting operations. Administrators can reduce their 2
  3. 3. IBM Software Data SheetCloud ComputingReducing the cost and complexity of Provisioning can then become the basis for othercloud computing IBM advanced cloud offerings such as IBM ServiceSmartCloud Provisioning is a breakthrough platform that Delivery Manager for the cloud.provides a simple and lightweight entry into cloud technology,helping companies reduce the cost and complexity associated IBM has led thousands of successful cloud engagements and haswith deploying cloud computing while providing comprehen- established cloud adoption patterns that reflect best practicessive capabilities for visibility, control and automation. based on extensive experience in the field. IBM can provide cloud solutions from the beginning of the adoption curve toArmed with the tools to provision hundreds of virtual machines full-scale, enterprise-wide operations, giving organizationsin as a little as two minutes, IT organizations can realize the across all industries one-stop access to comprehensivevalue of the solution in a matter of days. SmartCloud solutions that support multiple delivery models, platforms and workload types.IBM SmartCloud Provisioning at a glanceHardware requirements:The following are minimum required values for memory and disk space.Linux on x86_64 for PXE server:● Number of processors: One● Memory: 4 GB● Disk: 50 GBLinux on x86_64 with VT capacity for compute node:● Number of processors: One● Memory: 8 GB● Disk: 100 GBLinux on x86_64 with VT capacity for storage node:● Number of processors: One● Memory: 8 GB● Disk: 200 GBSoftware requirements:IBM SmartCloud Provisioning supports the following operating systems.● Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6/6.1 (64 bit)IBM SmartCloud Provisioning supports the following hypervisors.● KVM● Xen● VMware 3
  4. 4. For more informationTo learn more about IBM SmartCloud Provisioning, contactyour IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, or © Copyright IBM Corporation 2011Additionally, financing solutions from IBM Global Financingcan enable effective cash management, protection from IBM Corporation Software Grouptechnology obsolescence, improved total cost of ownership and Route 100 Somers, NY 10589return on investment. Also, our Global Asset Recovery Services address environmental concerns with new, more energy- Produced in the United States of Americaefficient solutions. For more information on IBM Global October 2011Financing, visit: All Rights Reserved IBM, the IBM logo, and Tivoli are trademarks or registered 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 a trademark symbol (® or ™), these symbols indicate U.S. registered or common law trademarks owned by IBM at the time this information was published. Such trademarks may also be registered or common law trademarks in other countries. A current list of IBM trademarks is available on the web at “Copyright and trademark information” at Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries, or both. Other company, product and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others. References in this publication to IBM products and services do not imply that IBM intends to make them available in all countries in which IBM operates. No part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without written permission from IBM Corporation. Product data has been reviewed for accuracy as of the date of initial publication. Product data is subject to change without notice. Any statements regarding IBM’s future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice, and represent goals and objectives only. The information provided in this document is distributed “as is” without any warranty, either express or implied. IBM expressly disclaims any warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose or noninfringement. IBM products are warranted according to the terms and conditions of the agreements (e.g. IBM Customer Agreement, Statement of Limited Warranty, International Program License Agreement, etc.) under which they are provided. The customer is responsible for ensuring compliance with legal requirements. It is the customer’s sole responsibility to obtain advice of competent legal counsel as to the identification and interpretation of any relevant laws and regulatory requirements that may affect the customer’s business and any actions the customer may need to take to comply with such laws. IBM does not provide legal advice or represent or warrant that its services or products will ensure that the customer is in compliance with 1 “Enterprise of the Future: Global CEO Study,” IBM Corporation, 2008. any law or regulation. Please Recycle IBD03003-USEN-00