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Integration by design

Traditionally, systems have been procured and
managed as a myriad collection of hardware
and software components.

Business spend significant time and money integrating, tuning and managing these components to support their application workloads. IT organisations have begun to use appliances, cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS) to help reduce these costs.

Expert integrated systems provide advantages of these approaches while avoiding many limitations. These systems are integrated by design with scale-in technology, leaving the factory tuned and optimised for supported workloads, but with the flexibility and control you need. Expert integrated systems do for IT what leading automotive companies do for drivers: design, tune and integrate a number of system components into one purpose-built vehicle. Some are tuned to luxury, some to carry a large family and pets, others for speed. The driver doesn't want to focus on picking and setting up every component, they want to focus on driving. The same goes for IT. You don't want to struggle with components – you want a system that is tuned to the task and ready to go.

Reasons for IT project delays

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Expert integrated systems are integrated by design to provide:

Expert integrated systems should start with carefully selected. integrated, tuned and optimised components designed for the workload. The ability to optimise the system for workload expertise must be built-in, and open for all application providers to participate.

IBM PureSystems deliver

IBM PureSystems begin with deeply integrated and tuned system and software components, and incorporate built-in patterns of expertise to imporove the economics and experience of IT. Each system component is carefully chosen, tested and tuned at the factory, incorporating expertise gained from decades of IBM client engagements and thousands of data centre optimisations.

Your team should be business functionality experts, and your systems partner should provide IT expertise within systems that are integrated by design. Not only does IBM choose and integrate the ideal system components, we deliberately architect the system to optimise for workloads, ensuring balanced and efficient systems.

PureSystems are integrated by design to deliver:

  • A complete infrastructure of application middleware, compute, storage and networking resources.
  • A selection of systems with a range of choices of architecture, operating system and virtualisation technologies that allow you to select the right foundation for your workload.
  • Integrated security, based on decades of IBM experience and technology.
  • Purposeful design–from hardware to application–that provides balanced performance and scalabilty.

An expert integrated system is managed as a single system. It has a single, integrated view of all physical and virtual system and platform resources, from the hardware, up to the application layer. It must also support open standards, ensuring existing investments are protected.

IBM PureSystems deliver

IBM PureSystems offer a simplified management experience across all system and application elements—physical and virtual. This drives significant cost savings, and provides a far simpler environment for IT to manage.

The single management console is a major advance over traditional systems, where administrators often used separate management interfaces to monitor the various components of a solution. With PureSystems, IT can now monitor an entire application landscape as one entity, through an interface that allows authorised personnel to drill down into the components to monitor and maintain all application resources.

PureSystems are designed to easily integrate into your existing infrastructure and seamlessly connect into your existing management capability.

Expert integrated systems must be designed for elastic scalability in order to dynamically optimise and re-balance resources based upon business service level agreements (SLA).

IBM PureSystems deliver

IBM PureSystems are fully virtualised. Your business applications interact with a system that intelligently and dynamically optimises its workloads and the use of its resources based upon policies set in business terms, not technical terms.

PureSystems will:

  • Balance application resources based on business priorities. For example, by dedicating compute cycles to high priority retail applications during a holiday season
  • Optimise data placement for efficiency and performance, by moving hot data from disk drives to faster solid state drives in order to provide the best performance and economics.
  • Minimise downtime by moving workloads off compute resources before maintenance patches are applied.
  • Move workloads off resources that need to be repaired or replaced without disrupting operations.