Virtualization unlocks critical resources — and creates new business value
Whereas in traditional IT infrastructures resources such as processing power, memory and networking bandwidth are tied to specific hardware that is dedicated to delivering services, virtualization allows these resources to be pooled more centrally and used more efficiently in real time. But as organizations move away from a standard platform for their applications and services, it becomes important for them to consider how to virtualize their entire hardware and software stack while giving IT managers and administrators the ability to access, deliver and manage these resources simply and efficiently.
“ Once [IT infrastructure] resources have been virtualized, they can be centrally pooled, and then allocated across the infrastructure whenever and wherever they're needed. ”
Guru Rao, IBM Fellow & VP, STG Development, India and South Asia
Cross-platform virtualization refers to a set of capabilities IBM provides to organizations that enables them to:
- Virtualize key IT resources like servers, storage and networking across a range of platforms
- Deliver these key resources to all applications and services as needed in real time
- Manage the entire virtualized infrastructure from a single point of control
Currently IBM is the only IT provider that offers a complete range of computational platforms as well as a complete range of virtualizations solutions that can be managed from one point of control. Cross-Platform Virtualization expert Guru Rao explains this in more detail in his post on the Smarter Computing Blog.
Cross-platform virtualization is becoming increasingly important as organizations move away from using a standard platform to support all of their applications and services and instead pick the right platform to suit specific workloads. Also, the ability to virtualize storage and networking in addition to multiple types of servers often creates management headaches even as it lowers cost and speeds time-to-market.
This creates the need for system and database administrators as well as IT operations managers to better manage resources with tools that provide management of the entire virtualized infrastructure across a range of platforms.
IBM's cross-platform capabilities are unmatched by any other IT provider. Having built on more than 40 years of leadership in virtualization technologies, it’s noteworthy that no other IT vendor besides IBM offers both a complete range of servers, storage and networking platforms as well as a complete range of virtualization solutions to match.
Virtualization on System z offers industry-leading and large-scale proven IT optimization capabilities to drive down the costs of managing and maintaining the tremendous proliferation of servers in today’s technology infrastructures. The new zEnterprise System allows IT organizations to consolidate multiple systems and software stacks on a single platform, deploying an integrated hardware platform that brings System z and distributed technologies together. The new IBM zEnterprise EC12 (zEC12) offers dramatic improvements for IT optimization: over 100 client-configurable cores usable for virtualization on the hardware level, extensions to the I/O infrastructure, and an enhanced memory infrastructure, which can help clients "do more with less." The use of integrated blades offers an added dimension for workload optimization. The IBM zEnterprise Unified Resource Manager also known as zManager brings end-to-end management to this heterogeneous virtual environment, which provides energy monitoring and management, goal-oriented policy management, increased security, virtual networking and data management, consolidated in a single interface that can be tied to business requirements.
With the new line of systems supporting IBM’s commitment to maintaining leadership in virtualization, IBM PureSystems combine the flexibility of general-purpose systems, the elasticity of cloud computing, and the simplicity of an appliance tuned to the workload. With the IBM PureApplication System, organizations have the ability to provision their own patterns of software, middleware and virtual system resources within an innovative framework shaped by IT best practices and industry standards. PureData System for Transactions is designed and tuned exclusively for transactional data workloads and the PureData System for Analytics is optimized to deliver data services for analytics and deal with vast amounts of data and complex analytic processing. IBM PureSystems support virtualization across Power System blade or System x blades.
IBM PowerVM provides the industrial-strength virtualization solution for IBM Power Systems servers and blades. PowerVM provides a secure and scalable server virtualization for AIX, IBM i, and Linux environments on IBM POWER processor-based systems. IBM Power Systems servers integrated with PowerVM technology are designed to allow clients to build a dynamic infrastructure that will help them to reduce costs, manage risk and improve service levels. PowerVM also offers a secure and resilient virtualization environment, built on the advanced RAS (reliability, availability and serviceability) features, extreme scalability and leadership performance of the IBM Power Systems platform, based on the outstanding POWER7 processors.
Server virtualization helps speed provisioning of new server images because provisioning becomes a software operation rather than requiring hardware changes. Similarly, provisioning with SAN Volume Controller is achieved with software and thin provisioning, and is designed to become an almost entirely automated function. SAN Volume Controller supports the use of different physical storage configurations at production and recovery sites yet helps create the same virtual configuration at each site. IBM Storwize V7000 and Storwize V7000 Unified are virtualized storage systems designed to consolidate workloads into a single storage system to complement virtualized server environments that provide unmatched performance, availability, advanced functions and highly scalable capacity never seen before in midrange disk systems.
Meet the Cross-Platform Virtualization expert
IBM Fellow & VP of STG Development, India and South Asia
Dr. Rao is an IBM Fellow at the Systems & Technology Group with responsibility for establishing the technical direction for IBM’s Enterprise Systems. He was formerly Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering at Rice University.
On the Smarter Computing Blog: Cross-Platform Virtualization
Cross-Platform Virtualization expert Guru Rao explains how increased virtualization across the IT infrastructure has created the need for effective management of virtual IT resources
Resources for Cross-Platform Virtualization
Expertise. Innovation. Results. June 10-14, Las Vegas
Hear Principal Analyst Brian Hopkins discuss how to leverage analytics to drive profit and attract new customers.
Now available on demand