5 Things to Know about PureApp Software on VersaStack
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Pressures on the Enterprise IT team is ever increasing. Enterprise IT is always pressured to be more efficient with infrastructure expenses, but also is being pushed to be every more agile, responding more quickly to line-of-business owners wanting to bring more engaging applications to their end customers more quickly. PureApplication Software brings pattern based deployment of applications for greater agility. VersaStack brings integrated infrastructure for greater efficiency and flexibility. VersaStack is a proven set of configurations of Cisco UCS compute and Nexus networking along with IBM Storwize V7000, virtualized with VMware.
Here's five things to know about PureApplication Software v2.1 on VersaStack:
PureApplication makes deploying and managing core IBM Middleware applications like WAS, BPM, DB2 fast, simple, and error free. PureApplication comes in three forms: System -- the fully integrated hardware and software appliance, Service -- the SoftLayer cloud-based service, and Software the orchestrator for Brin
PureApplication Software is the intelligent, application level orchestrator that drives the VMware vCenter API, which we might think of as the "heart" of a robust, fully integrated stack. VMware vCenter provides an abstraction and virtualization of the underlying hardware. PureApplication Software v2.1 is capable of being the brains for any VMware vCenter 5.1 or 5.5 platform. VersaStack integrated infrastructure provides the compute, storage, and network "muscle" for a robust, fully integrated stack. For a compact deployment, the PureApplication brains and the vCenter heart can be VMs on a single ESXi server, consolidating all the application and virtualization management in one place, enabling all the remaining ESXi servers to be used for customer application deployments.
IBM has partnered with Cisco to create the VersaStack CVD. A CVD is a Cisco Validated Design, which means that Cisco works with partners like IBM on a substantial set of detailed design and implementation guidance for integrated infrastructure. The VersaStack CVD is comprised of the following major components: Cisco UCS, Cisco switches, IBM Storwize® V7000, and VMware Version 5. A CVD is blue print or recipe, a deep set of design and implementation guidance, but in the end, its documentation. A Cisco CVD is similar to an IBM Redbooks publication. Cisco had all the required hardware and software components on hand, and fully validated all the guidance given in the CVD. CVDs are posted and maintained by Cisco here. VersaStack is not a priced bundle or solution. Customers work the sellers and partners for procuring each component, and follow the CVD guidance on deploying their target configuration. At the time of this writing, there are actually five VersaStack CVDs: one on design, two on implementation, one on UCS Director, and one on scale out. These CVDs are maintained at the following URL:
Fig-1 shows rack level components of VersaStack, how they interconnect, and the variations on the baseline configuration.
Fig 1- Base line configuration
VersaStack is a well tested configuration of integrated hardware, that is easy to configure and maintain. With advanced virtualization of compute, storage, and network, VersaStack allows diverse application workloads to share the underlying hardware efficiently. VersaStack has the flexibility to be dynamically reconfigured to support changing requirements, able to scale up and scale out dynamically. VersaStack is versatile in the breadth of workloads its capable of supporting, both traditional workloads and cloud workloads.
PureApplication Software is the management function for middleware applications. VMware is the management layer for hardware virtualization. UCS Director is the advanced hardware management layer that can manage UCS servers, Nexus network switches, and Storwize V7000 in a single advanced interface with significant hardware deployment process automation flows for tasks like customer server boot configuration, storage LUN provisioning, and network VLAN and port configuration. For customers not needing advanced hardware deployment process automation, UCS Manager provides management of UCS servers and Nexus switches, while the Storwize management interface provides management of the Storwize V7000.
For more information on IBM PureApplication Software Version 2.1 on VersaStack. check out the newly published IBM Redpaper
Dave Willoughby has 30 years of experience in mainframe, UNIX, and x86 server development, in areas of system design, boot and runtime firmware, hypervisors, virtualization, network, storage, integrated solution optimization, converged fabric, Hadoop, and OpenStack cloud.