Putting the "V" in Virtualization
IBM eServer line delivers on the promise of virtualization
Lately, there's been a lot of information about virtualization, automation and utility frameworks in the technology news. Some of it is buzzword associations with current products and technologies, and some of it is strategic direction and vaporware promises. But some real technology developments are beginning to deliver customer benefits in the hot area of virtualization. The IBM* Virtualization Engine* Suite for Servers V1.1 is one such development.
Many customers view IT as a necessary evil, but the right IT technology should provide a competitive advantage. IT infrastructures can be complex and underutilized due to dedicated server resources, multiple and disparate OSs, and over provisioning for peak IT loads and critical applications.
The IBM Virtualization Engine helps customers improve the effectiveness and utilization of their underlying IT by enabling physical consolidation and resource virtualization. It gives customers the capability to aggregate, view and manage resource pools for increased utilization and lower costs. Resource utilization and performance management can be efficiently controlled based on organization and business goals rather than physical location and static configuration alone.
What is the Virtualization Engine?
The offering is composed of the Virtualization Engine Suite for Servers, the Suite for Storage and the Virtualization Engine systems technologies that are implemented in the IBM eServer platforms. The systems technologies vary depending on the underlying eServer platform, but they include features like LPAR, virtual networking and virtual I/O. These technologies are often manifested in platform firmware, or Hypervisors, and are then utilized by the Virtualization Engine Suite management software.
Although the Virtualization Engine systems technologies are key pieces to overall IT solutions, this article doesnt provide details on the technologies nor on the Virtualization Engine Suite for Storage, instead this article focuses on the systems services of the Virtualization Engine Suite for Servers.
The Virtualization Engine systems services consist of cross-OS, cross-platform system management, workload optimization and provisioning components, as well as a common runtime and suite installer. In addition, a toolbox for creating and deploying grid applications is available.