Now available: “IBM SmartCloud: Building a Cloud Enabled Data Center”

IBM Redbooks recently published the IBM Redguide “IBM SmartCloud: Building a Cloud Enabled Data Center.” If you are getting started in cloud computing, this IBM Redguide is for you. The first step for many companies moving to a cloud computing environment is using the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) model. With IaaS, IT services (such as compute, storage and network services) are delivered by subscription through a self-service portal.

The cloud enabled data center adoption pattern discussed in this IBM Redguide is one of the adoption patterns defined in the IBM Cloud Computing Reference Architecture (CCRA).

The Cloud Computing Reference Architecture is a blueprint or guide for architecting flexible cloud computing implementations and is based on IBM’s years of experience in creating and implementing cloud computing solutions with their clients. So what is an adoption pattern?  An adoption pattern embodies the architecture patterns that represent the fundamental ways organizations can and are implementing cloud computing solutions.

The cloud enabled data center adoption pattern contains prescriptive guidance on how to architect, design and implement an IaaS solution. The use cases, details and intricacies of the adoption pattern have been grouped first into micropatterns, and then abstracted into four macropatterns. A macropattern defines the architectural view of the components that implement it. Each macropattern typically stacks (in terms of capabilities and components) on top of the previous macropatterns and provides the base for building the next macropattern. The four macropatterns making up the cloud enabled data center adoption pattern are (starting from the simplest to the most robust):

  • Simple IaaS
  • Cloud management
  • Advanced IaaS
  • Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) managed IaaS

With the cloud enabled data center adoption pattern defined and thoroughly explained, the guide next discusses how a cloud enabled data center solution can be implemented and built to fit and grow with your business needs. The guide identifies the IBM products that provide capabilities essential to creating an IaaS solution.  For example, if you are just getting started and want a simple (entry level) IaaS solution the products IBM SmartCloud Cost Management and IBM SmartCloud Provisioning are essential. At the other end of spectrum, if you want a sophisticated managed IaaS solution, the IBM SmartCloud Control Desk is worth investigating.

IBM SmartCloud building a cloud enabled data centerThe table of contents for this IBM Redguide is as follows:

  • Executive overview
  • Business value of a cloud enabled data center solution
  • Capability maturity model for a cloud enabled data center
  • IBM Cloud Computing Reference Architecture
  • Designing a cloud enabled data center solution
  • Implementing a cloud enabled data center solution
  • Roadmap to developing the solution
  • Example deployment scenarios
  • Summary

So, if you want to understand how to design and implement an IaaS solution to satisfy your needs now and for the future, this guide is a must read.

This Redguide was written by:

  • Pietro Iannucci, a Senior Technical Staff Member in Italy specializing in cloud computing solutions.
  • Manav Gupta, a Software Client Architect in Canada bringing thought leadership to clients in the telecommunications industry.
  • With the assistance of LindaMay Patterson, an IBM Redbooks Technical Writer. She works on publications with IBM technology leaders and innovators.

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