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So you've probably heard of IBM PureApplication System. You might know it has something to do with running high workloads in a cloud environment. And you might well have seen its signature black and blue chassis. But there's so much more. Here are 5 things to know:
1. It is one of the IBM PureSystems solutions
Back in April 2012, IBM announced a new category of systems. These systems are branded IBM PureSystems, and represent the collective knowledge of thousands of deployments, established guidelines, best-practices, innovative thinking and distilled expertise. The PureSystems offering comes in three types:
IBM PureFlex System -- a single unified infrastructure made up of servers, storage, networking, and virtualization
IBM PureApplication System -- for managing middleware and applications
IBM PureData System -- for transactional, operational, and deep analytical workloads
PureApplication System uses PureFlex System as the underlying infrastructure.
2. PureApplication System is for transactional web and enterprise applications PureApplication System is a workload optimized integrated hardware and software solution designed to simplify the development, provisioning and management of applications in a private cloud environment. It's a platform designed and tuned specifically for transactional web and enterprise applications. It allows self-service provisioning of elastic applications, databases and middleware. PureApplication System is designed to be a workload-aware, flexible platform is designed to be easy to deploy, customize, manage and operate.
3. Expertise is built into PureApplication System through virtual patterns
Virtual patterns of expertise are proven best practices and expertise for complex tasks. They are learned from decades of IBM client and partner engagements that are captured, tested, optimized and then built into the system. There are three types of patterns:
Virtual System patterns provide an automated model for deploying middleware topology patterns. If required, these patterns can be customized to your own needs.
Virtual Application patterns provide a highly automated, policy-based deployment model in which to define application components and policies that specify the needs of the application.
Virtual Appliances allows the system to run custom software images.
4. There's a single unified interface for managing the entire system
An integrated console provides management and monitoring interfaces for system hardware, virtualized storage and networking, license usage monitoring, user auditing, and security configuration. The console runs in a web browser and provides easy access to systems management and administration for both cloud environment resources, and hardware and software. There's also a command line interface to complete tasks without using a GUI.
5. You can set the whole thing up in an afternoon
PureApplication System comes pre-integrated and ready to go. Forget about setting aside weeks to install and configure hardware and software. IBM Fellow Jason McGee and his team famously set everything up (from taking the hardware out of the box, through to configuring the system on his iPad) all within four hours. Here's the proof, time-lapsed into 90 seconds: