Cloud and Data Center Optimization
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In this first Executive Corner discussion, I would like to take a moment to talk to you about cloud enabled data centers and the work we are doing at Tivoli to help many of you on this journey. Cloud computing provides you with the ability to deliver IT without boundaries and enables you to transform the economics of innovation while facing flat or declining IT budgets. As you prepare for this journey to cloud computing, consider that there are various phases of maturity. We think of this journey as a progression of capabilities that lead to full self service cloud. These capabilities include consolidating your servers and storage, implementing virtualization technologies to increase hardware utilization, standardizing processes for operational efficiency, automating procedures for a more flexible delivery and enabling self-service operations. A key step in achieving this ultimate goal is standardization on common workload patterns that can be effectively shared across the enterprise.
Today, many of you are experiencing both the benefits and the challenges that are introduced by highly virtualized environments. While these environments save capital expense, they can often increase the labor required to manage them. As we all become more dependent on running virtualized environments, it is necessary for such environments to be scalable, highly available, and easy to update. We also need to be able to quickly identify and remediate issues when they arise.
To support such environments, in the fall of 2011 we launched IBM SmartCloud Foundation. The SmartCloud Foundation is a set of capabilities that serve as the underpinnings of cloud computing. This foundation provides you with a flexible platform allowing multiple entry points depending on business needs. Starting with SmartCloud Foundation, you can achieve short term goals quickly while executing on your longer term strategy. SmartCloud Foundation encompasses both platform and infrastructure as a service capabilities.
There are a few key entry points that we consider core to infrastructure services. One is Smart Cloud Provisioning which allows you to get started quickly with a highly scalable, fault tolerant cloud manager. SmartCloud Provisioning provides the ability to quickly scale a cloud infrastructure with no manual configuration and rapid cross-domain deployment. It supports automated provisioning across heterogeneous hypervisors on both IBM and non-IBM systems. An embedded federated image library and image life-cycle tooling enables you to effectively manage your image life-cycles and reduce image sprawl within your organization.
Another entry point is applying cloud concepts to an existing storage infrastructure. IBM Storage virtualization with storage hypervisor software brings the value of cloud to one of the largest line items in a CIO's budget -- storage. Our clients have seen a doubling in the utilization of their physical storage assets, standardized processes and services regardless of hardware choice, and mobility across virtual datacenters that can span physical locations. For many clients, the limitation of their infrastructure will have a direct consequence to the level of cloud enablement and adoption. IBM's SmartCloud Storage capabilities help our clients overcome those limitations and concerns.
These challenges and requirements are not unique to private cloud implementations. We have taken a hard look at emerging markets and cloud patterns for small Cloud Service Providers and have determined that SmartCloud Provisioning coupled with SmartCloud Monitoring can provide a reliable low cost solution that provides the visibility, control, and automation they need to "get into the game". IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform offers a choice between this new alternative and the existing enhanced solution consisting of IBM Service Delivery Manager as the core for cloud service delivery management.
For those of you further along on your cloud journey, you may be concerned with resilience and security of your cloud. SmartCloud Foundation can help you with these business challenges leveraging capabilities to backup cloud data and infrastructure, and by automating patch management of your cloud services.
Come join me at Pulse 2012 where we can pick up the conversation and gain your valuable insight. This topic, among others, will be a key aspect of our discussions and demonstrations at Pulse 2012, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas March 4-7, 2012. I invite you to review the Pulse Curriculum.
In the interim, if you would like to learn more about our SmartCloud offerings, please visit our web site for more information.