IBM Leverages Power Systems, SoftLayer to Harness Big Data

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2014-02-25 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Meanwhile, the second element of this announcement is the new IBM Platform Computing Cloud Service, a ready-to-run cluster in the cloud that comes complete with workload management, SoftLayer infrastructure and the support of a dedicated cloud operations team. With IBM Platform Computing Cloud Service organizations can rapidly extend resources to physical, non-shared infrastructure in the SoftLayer cloud to quickly accommodate peaks in demand without being concerned about performance.

Advances in high performance applications are enabling analysts, researchers, scientists and engineers to run more complex and detailed simulations and analyses in a bid to gather game-changing insights and deliver new products to market, IBM said. This is placing greater demand on existing IT infrastructures, driving a need for instant access to resources – compute, storage, and network – as well as high performing workload and resource management.

With the IBM Platform Computing Cloud Service, organizations can access SoftLayer’s cloud resources on a temporary basis without the need to acquire, install and configure the infrastructure in-house. IBM Platform LSF or Platform Symphony software is provisioned on SoftLayer and the on-premise infrastructure, expanding capacity as needed by seamlessly bursting jobs from on-premise to secure off-premise resources. With on-demand access to additional resources, organizations are able to quickly adapt to changing business needs and get their products or research out of the door faster.

IBM Platform Computing Cloud Service will provide an end-to-end hybrid cloud environment to organizations running compute-intensive analytics and technical computing applications. With the acquisition of SoftLayer and Platform Computing, IBM offers clients the benefit of providing both in one complete solution, with the addition of industry expertise to provide support.

Moreover, IBM also introduced IBM Wave for z/VM, a virtualization management tool for managing IBM z/VM and Linux virtual servers, which makes first-time private cloud deployments easier. IBM acquired the technology with the purchase of Israeli-based virtualization company CSL International. IBM Wave makes tasks in Linux on System z environments easier with automation, intelligent visualization, simplified monitoring and unified management.

IBM Wave can help improve productivity and operational efficiency of managing complex server environments. It offers policy-based virtual server provisioning and scaling to handle the most complex installations. Internal tests conducted with IBM Wave demonstrated that it reduced time needed to conduct common and administrative tasks by more than 50 percent.

As a component of the IBM Enterprise Linux Server, IBM Wave will also make it easier for new clients to take advantage of mainframe qualities of service. With 78 of the top 100 System z customers running Linux on the mainframe, this ability will become increasingly critical for IBM clients, IBM said.

IBM Systems and Technology Group offers a full range of offerings supporting public, private and hybrid cloud implementations that integrate with IBM's cloud software and services. The portfolio includes IBM System x racks and BladeCenter, NeXtScale, PureFlex, Power Systems, System z servers, and IBM Storage solutions.

 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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