IBM Offers ISVs a Fast Track for Virtual Appliance Deployment on New IBM PureSystems
IBM Offers ISVs a Fast Track for Virtual Appliance
Deployment on New IBM PureSystems
Sponsored by: IBM
Mary Johnston Turner Jed Scaramella
Increasing use of virtualization and cloud architectures is creating new challenges for
enterprise-class ISVs that must deploy and integrate solutions across a myriad of
unique customer environments and infrastructure platforms. As a result, enterprise
customers and ISVs are exploring a range of new and more simplified infrastructure
architectures and application software deployment and support strategies.
Converged systems that combine hardware and software elements create a simplified
and integrated server, network, and storage platform that can improve operational
efficiencies and increase time to value. Interviews with a number of application
software ISVs indicate that virtual appliances optimized for converged systems are
becoming important delivery options because:
Virtual appliances can be deployed more quickly and integrated into existing
customer environments much more efficiently — often in hours rather than weeks.
Virtual appliances optimized for converged systems can provide significant
application performance improvements because the system is optimized for the
needs of the application and can be maintained in a more stable and consistently
ISVs are able to reach new groups of customers, engage new types of channel
partners, and launch innovative go-to-market programs by delivering a solution that
can be easily downloaded and installed and remotely managed.
Many ISVs interviewed by IDC see virtual appliances optimized for converged
systems as a game changer that will help them create more varied and cost-effective
delivery and support models over time.
IN THIS WHITE PAPER
This white paper discusses the application deployment and management challenges
created by increasing enterprise use of virtualization and cloud architectures. It
discusses the use of virtual appliances optimized for deployment on converged
systems as one option for addressing these challenges. Profiles of three ISV partners
in IBM's recently launched Ready for IBM PureSystems program describe the
benefits and business impacts of this strategy.