IBM Systems and Technology
Solution Brief
Improve service quality
with IBM SmartCloud
Storage Access
Easily give users the...
Solution Brief
IBM Systems and Technology
Take a functionally rich approach to
cloud storage
The appeal of cloud storage...
Solution Brief
IBM Systems and Technology
Use case: Cloud storage for media and entertainment
Media organizations have t...
Why IBM?
Implementing a cloud storage environment is not a simple
process. That’s where the IBM SmartCloud Storage family
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  1. 1. IBM Systems and Technology Solution Brief Improve service quality with IBM SmartCloud Storage Access Easily give users the storage capacity they need when they need it Highlights ●● ● ● Implement a private cloud storage service quickly ●● ● ● Add storage capacity with just a few clicks through the web-based self-service portal ●● ● ● Easily store and access files regardless of location ●● ● ● Simplify provisioning, reporting and monitoring ●● ● ● Improve overall IT efficiency and service quality ●● ● ● Increase employee and administrator productivity Deploying and managing a private cloud in your enterprise environment can provide the control you want to ensure infrastructure scalability, data security, information access, and operational and business flexibility. Private clouds, as a result, are a rapidly growing sector of enterprise computing. But deploying and managing a private cloud can also provide challenges. User requests for provisioning technology can be so numerous that you cannot keep up with the deployment turnaround. The workload can be a roadblock to what you’re trying to achieve—the improved service quality, reduced costs, IT efficiency and business agility that are the hallmarks of cloud computing. Designed to meet these provisioning and management challenges, IBM® SmartCloud™ Storage Access is an easy-to-deploy, simple-to- use software solution that provides a self-service portal for cloud-based storage provisioning, monitoring and reporting. By optimizing the time required for complex planning, integration and provisioning of storage hardware, the IBM solution helps organizations respond quickly to users’ growing needs for storage space, and it enables IT to deliver and manage storage capacity with reduced workload and greater insight. Even as business data continues to grow and the adoption of private clouds for storing and managing that data accelerates, IBM SmartCloud Storage Access supports greater IT and business pro- ductivity, reduces operational costs and improves storage service quality.
  2. 2. 2 Solution Brief IBM Systems and Technology Take a functionally rich approach to cloud storage The appeal of cloud storage is undeniable. Clouds provide business efficiency in their ability to quickly deliver computing resources to end users and technology efficiency in their ability to optimize the use of pooled resources. The dynamic nature of cloud storage is ideally suited for today’s rapidly changing enterprise needs, whether in supporting col- laboration using shared capacity or in controlling the costs of hardware, power, square footage and IT workload by utilizing the underlying storage resources effectively. Central control of the pooled storage environment enables accurate chargeback to users for the capacity they consume. In a private cloud, controls also support the storage security that business-critical data demands and the compliance that regulations require. To get the greatest efficiency out of cloud storage, organizations can add self-service and automated capabilities that benefit both the business end user and the IT administrator. That’s where IBM SmartCloud Storage Access comes in. Though easy to use with its simple, self-service interface, the IBM solution provides a comprehensive, functionally rich, portal-based approach to provisioning and managing cloud storage. Now business end users can quickly and easily obtain the storage resources they need using their desktops. IT adminis- trators can streamline the management of virtual resources. Cloud administrators can enhance management of virtual resources and business processes. And storage infrastructure managers can better monitor and manage physical devices, create virtual resource pools and manage central backups of all the data on end-user workstations. IBM SmartCloud Storage Access can be added to existing cloud storage environments or built in as an element of a new cloud storage deployment. This solution works with IBM Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS), with IBM Storwize® V7000 Unified storage systems deployed with an authentication server utilizing Microsoft Active Directory or Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), and with the IBM Tivoli® Storage Productivity Center software suite of storage infrastructure management tools. Deliver fast user access through an intuitive interface Today’s rapidly moving business requires rapid data access— but first the business end user needs a place to put that data. Whether archiving information for later use or generating vast data resources that require an expansion of capacity already in use, business end users can seldom wait for a lengthy approval and provisioning process. They need data capacity and elastic scalability without delay. And they need to be able to access their storage anywhere and anytime over the Internet using a full range of devices, from compute servers to desktop systems or laptops.
  3. 3. 3 Solution Brief IBM Systems and Technology Use case: Cloud storage for media and entertainment Media organizations have to manage huge volumes of data stem- ming not only from content creation, but also from production and distribution. Across processes, users need to provision capacity for managing imagery from cameras and other equipment, enhancing special effects in pre- and post-production, and supporting distribution services such as streaming or pay per view. IBM SmartCloud Storage Access enables organizations to implement a private cloud storage service through which users can create an account, provision storage and upload files over the Internet—with only a few clicks. Role-based access control supports security for the cloud storage environment. And the solution’s web-based self-service portal with its easy-to-use graphical user interface (GUI) delivers immediate access to storage resources, eliminating wait times to improve user pro- ductivity. All technical complexity of the provisioning process is hidden; abstraction to the storage-as-a-service level relieves the user of dealing with the granularity that accompanies conventional provisioning approaches. Provide IT control and insight into clouds with comprehensive functionality Abstraction and simplification support greater productivity for storage and cloud administrators as well, relieving their workloads so they can focus on other key business functions. As with the end-user portal, the solution’s administrator portal provides automated provisioning—and also simplified and standardized monitoring, reporting and control to reduce operational complexity. The diverse functions necessary for comprehensive storage cloud management and reporting are now provided in one solution—IBM SmartCloud Storage Access—rather than through a collection of point applications that address individual functions. Key capabilities include: ●● ● Approval process support: The solution automates the request process from end user to department administrator or cloud administrator. IBM SmartCloud Storage Access allows cloud administrators to define the approval policy for provisioning actions and, if they wish, delegate approval to department administrators. ●● ● Service profile support: Using predefined or custom profiles, administrators can define classes of services that ensure data is located on the most appropriate type of storage according to its importance or frequency of access, ensuring the performance, security or disaster-recovery policies necessary for business-critical data. ●● ● Third-party authentication integration: IBM SmartCloud Storage Access works with existing LDAP applications for portal authentication and data access authentication, ensuring seamless integration of user management tools. ●● ● Automatic monitoring of capacity use: Cloud administra- tors can set a capacity warning threshold, and the system will issue notifications automatically when the threshold is reached, simplifying monitoring of storage resource use. ●● ● Dashboard report for history usage query: Both adminis- trators and end users can access reports describing the history of storage use. Users can use the reports to better plan business operations; administrators can use them to better plan and balance the storage cloud.
  4. 4. Why IBM? Implementing a cloud storage environment is not a simple process. That’s where the IBM SmartCloud Storage family comes in. IBM SmartCloud Storage is a family of offerings and services for private, public or hybrid clouds. This family of comprehensive, enterprise-class storage infrastructure, management and services capabilities delivered through the IBM SmartCloud architecture helps organizations improve agility, security and cloud functionality for storage. IBM can help you implement cloud storage in your enterprise or can run it for you, whether you are a mid-sized company, a large enterprise or a cloud service provider. Innovative technology, open standards, excellent performance, and a broad portfolio of proven storage software, hardware and solutions—all backed by IBM with its recognized industry leadership—are just a few of the reasons you should consider solutions from the IBM SmartCloud Storage family, including IBM SmartCloud Storage Access. For more information To learn more about IBM SmartCloud Storage Access, please contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, or visit: Additionally, IBM Global Financing can help you acquire the IT solutions that your business needs in the most cost-effective and strategic way possible. We’ll partner with credit-qualified clients to customize an IT financing solution to suit your busi- ness goals, enable effective cash management, and improve your total cost of ownership. IBM Global Financing is your smartest choice to fund critical IT investments and propel your business forward. For more information, visit: © Copyright IBM Corporation 2013 IBM Corporation Systems and Technology Group Route 100 Somers, NY 10589 Produced in the United States of America February 2013 IBM, the IBM logo,, IBM SmartCloud, Storwize, and Tivoli are trademarks of International Business Machines Corp., registered in many jurisdictions worldwide. Other product and service names might be trademarks of IBM or other companies. A current list of IBM trademarks is available on the web at “Copyright and trademark information” at 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 in which IBM operates. The client examples cited are presented for illustrative purposes only. Actual performance results may vary depending on specific configurations and operating conditions. THE INFORMATION IN THIS DOCUMENT IS PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING WITHOUT ANY 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. The client is responsible for ensuring compliance with laws and regulations applicable to it. IBM does not provide legal advice or represent or warrant that its services or products will ensure that the client is in compliance with any law or regulation. Actual available storage capacity may be reported for both uncompressed and compressed data and will vary and may be less than stated. Please Recycle TSS03112-USEN-00 Use case: Cloud storage for a university University storage environments typically include complex, disparate data systems—but a cloud can simplify management. Cloud-based storage, for example, can improve storage utilization and align workloads with the data value, allocating high-performance storage for research departments or providing lower-cost storage for student home directories.