This week we published IBM Spectrum Scale Deployment on IBM SoftLayer. This IBM® Redpaper™ publication describes various activities that are necessary to deploy IBM Spectrum Scale™ on IBM SoftLayer® . It includes the following topics:
- Sizing and configuration guidance
- Cluster deployment
- Storage options on SoftLayer
- Network considerations on SoftLayer
There are many factors that must be taken into account when configuring a IBM Spectrum Scale cluster on any hardware. Desired performance, cost, cluster size, and workload can influence any hardware and configuration decisions. The Redpaper provide guidance to help you navigate the many options available when choosing hardware and deploying a cluster.
Many of my non technical friends ask me questions about their smartphones data that their apps say is in the cloud. And then they point to the sky as if the data is really up there. While most of the people on the planet don't need to know how it really works many of us really do need to know to make the best decisions so our friends and clients don't need to know.
The SoftLayer platform webpage has a great summary that clearly states how hardware infrastructure is needed to build a cloud. The Redpaper focuses on how to optimize a Spectrum Scale implementation on SoftLayer.
"Cloud is not a commodity. And no matter what you call it, computing doesn’t come out of the sky. It comes from physical hardware inside brick and mortar facilities connected by hundreds of miles of networking cable. And no two clouds are built the same way. SoftLayer gives you the highest performing cloud infrastructure available. One platform that takes data centers around the world that are full of the widest range of cloud computing options, and then integrates and automates everything."
Here is a figure to show SoftLayer's global reach of its hardware infrastructure.
- IBM Spectrum Scale wiki
- In a Nutshell : What is new in Spectrum Scale 4.2.2?
- Enabling Hybrid Cloud Storage for IBM Spectrum Scale Using Transparent Cloud Tiering Redpaper