IBM Systems Director offers Heterogeneous Management of all IBM (plus other select) system resources

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When you deploy Systems Director, it discovers all resources (platforms, OSs,
physical and virtual servers, voice and data networks, fault-tolerance clusters, storage devices
and SANs) and brings them under management…then discovers new resources any time you
add them to the system.

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IBM Systems Director offers Heterogeneous Management of all IBM (plus other select) system resources

  1. 1. October 2011 IBM Systems Director offers Heterogeneous Management of all IBM (plus other select) system resourcesAnalytics, Customer Experience & Marketing (ACEM) Jeff Cotrupe, Global Program Director
  2. 2. IBM Systems Director offers Heterogeneous Management of all IBM (plus other select) system resources —and serious capex/opex savings potential Jeff Cotrupe, Global Program Director OSSCS and ACEM Research Programs Stratecast, a division of Frost & SullivanIf you are an IT professional, here are two tightly-intertwined challenges you likely face at this moment:lack of integration across your IT infrastructures—disparate systems across the organization that do notwork together effectively, or at all—and the complexity inherent in those systems. Of course, there areplenty of reasons for this: 1. The sheer diversity of devices dotting the network and system landscape. 2. Purpose-built systems that support, or once supported, specific initiatives or services. “Purpose- built,” as we know, often translates into “tough to manage.” 3. Our collective dependence on distributed applications to serve increasingly mobile workforces. 4. Mergers and acquisitions. M&A certainly creates challenges for all parts of the merging organizations; but those of us in IT know, all too well, how challenging it can be to integrate the patchwork quilt of disparate IT resources and functionality left in the wake of M&A activity. 5. Complexity and non-integration also make it difficult to configure and allocate devices to the task at hand. As a result, companies expend too much working capital (capex) purchasing more resources than they need, and operating expenditures (opex) increase, too, as companies pay for the resources to operate and manage it all.As IBM’s Dexter Henderson, Vice President and Business Line Executive, Systems Software, said atIBM Pulse, “IT complexity and lack of integration are causing organizations to spend between 60 and70 percent of their budgets just to monitor and manage existing systems.”Stratecast believes the first step toward a broad-based solution that addresses all of this isunified platform management. IBM Systems Director provides unified platform management of allIBM resources in the IT environment, which we term Heterogeneous Management, while managingselect non-IBM resources, too. In short, Systems Director provides command & control for all IBMsystem resources (and, through industry standards, selected resources from other manufacturers) in thedata center. Those resources include IBM System z and System x; IBM Power Systems; IBMBladeCenter; IBM Storage Systems; select non-IBM servers (x86), z/VM, VMware and PowerVM; and© Stratecast (A Division of FROST & SULLIVAN), 2011 Page 2
  3. 3. operating systems from Microsoft Windows; Linux on x86 platforms to AIX, IBM i and Linuxplatforms including Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.0, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 and IBM AIXVersion 7.1.Here are the specific management capabilities it offers across that broad range of resources: • Discovery. When you deploy Systems Director, it discovers all resources (platforms, OSs, physical and virtual servers, voice and data networks, fault-tolerance clusters, storage devices and SANs) and brings them under management…then discovers new resources any time you add them to the system. • Inventory. Systems Director provides inventory management of all resources, and allocates them for provisioning new services. As resources are added to and removed from the system, and as individual resources undergo changes, inventory management captures all updates in the data repository to present a real-time view of all system resources and status. “You can’t provision what you can’t see”—and Systems Director lets you see exact current status of all resources. • Resource monitoring, event notification and status reporting—and system health. Systems Director continuously monitors all resources, notifies IT of events that impact the system, and provides status reports. That covers you on a device-by-device level; but Systems Director goes a step further by offering views of overall system health, to ensure that the entire system is functioning within accepted parameters and to quickly identify trends and conditions. • Configuration. Systems Director gives you the systems management granularity to configure all resources for optimized performance and capacity to meet changing workload requirements. Bottom line: administrators can help your organization improve overall service and performance by tailoring and optimizing workloads that allocate specific resources to specific tasks/functions/teams. • System updates. A big part of the value of effective systems management is, or ought to be, to automate repetitive (read: mind-numbing, mundane) tasks, thus freeing you and your team to focus more on delivering strategic value to your organization. Another example of how Systems Director does this is by enabling you to quickly execute system-wide updates instead of having to update resources or groupings individually.By combining Systems Director with Tivoli multivendor management, an organization can achieveIntegrated Service Management of all physical and virtual devices from all sources “on a single pane ofglass,” and management that aligns all of IT’s moving parts with the business. Yet, the benefits don’tstop there. According to Henderson, effective systems management not only delivers internalefficiencies and savings but also supports customer relationship management (CRM) and enhancescustomer satisfaction.Jindal Group: 100 percent uptime for core business applications and capex savingsof 50 percentThe B C Jindal Group of companies is one of the leading business conglomerates in India. Founded asa manufacturer of steel pipes and fittings, Jindal Group has diversified into a manufacturer of coldrolled strips and galvanized sheet steel, with new businesses in polyester, metalized and biaxial films, aswell as photographic goods. Jindal Group deployed IBM Systems Director to manage both IBM andother vendors’ systems, including its SAP solution infrastructure that operates on the IBM Power 750© Stratecast (A Division of FROST & SULLIVAN), 2011 Page 3
  4. 4. Express server with POWER7 processors, supporting seven virtual servers to run multiple businessapplications. Jindal has also changed over from time-consuming manual backup processes to IBMTivoli Storage Manager, with IBM System Storage DS4700, DS3950 and DS4300 disk arrays, alongwith an IBM System Storage TS3494 tape library.The results, thus far, are substantial and far-reaching. Jindal now enjoys nearly 100 percent uptime forcore business applications on the IBM Power 750 server, and is saving approximately 50 percent onprojected capital expenditures (capex). It is also saving more than 60 percent on tape capacity, thanks toadvanced data compression, and is reaping increased user productivity through automated data backup.Systems Director is empowering it to do all of this with just one administrator managing its entireenterprise IT infrastructure—saving Jindal the equivalent of one full-time employee. “For both Tivoliand Systems Director, the administrator simply logs in to a control panel and considers if manual actionis needed. These are both excellent pieces of system automation software that help us reduce costs andincrease efficiency,” said Mr. R D Malav, Vice President of Information Technology, B C Jindal India.“We still have some standalone applications on the original servers where there is no reason to change;and for other systems we deploy the latest processors and full virtualization. The beauty of the IBMPower infrastructure is that it has the scalability to grow with us.”© Stratecast (A Division of FROST & SULLIVAN), 2011 Page 4

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