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By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2003-05-01 Print this article Print

In another example of virtualization, IBM also Thursday announced a WebSphere solution that takes elements of grid computing and virtualizes application management. The new technology, called the IBM Adaptive Server Allocation for WebSphere Application Server, features systems management technology from IBMs Tivoli division and enables users to deploy applications as though all servers in a system represent a single set of resources and the new software automatically allocates capacity to the various applications to meet service levels. This offering will be available later this quarter, the company said. IBM also announced: Web Server Provisioning, which enables users to immediately switch or add servers to increase capacity; Standby Capacity On Demand, which enables IBM blade server and storage customers to purchase a fully loaded blade or storage system for a fraction of its overall cost and then turn on additional capacity over a six-month period; and IBMs Open Infrastructure Offering, which enables customers to pay for their infrastructure requirements for a single monthly price, and substitute new technologies as needed.
In addition, IBM announced a new storage Virtualization family of products to help users lower their maintenance costs and administrative headaches related to storage area networks (SANs). IBM introduced its new SAN Volume Controller, SAN Integration Server, and SAN File System.
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Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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