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Phil, an IT manager for a company in the Midwest, is on vacation in Mexico when he receives a text from his data center team. They already have a solution in mind, but the administrators would like Phil to take a quick look at the system’s performance and advise them before they take action.

From his poolside chair, Phil uses his smartphone to log into IBM’s latest cloud-based innovation to check the performance app and discover why the system is slow. He replies to his team with suggestions on handling the slowdown, then settles back into his chair, thankful he could handle the situation quickly without having to race to his room to grab his laptop.

This positive outcome is possible thanks to IBM Cloud Management Console (CMC) for IBM Power Systems*, which allows IT managers and data center personnel to monitor on premise, off premise and cloud technology from a single platform, enabling clients to view the entire enterprise from a centralized place. CMC also features a growing menu of apps to assist clients in monitoring performance and functionality.

“The beauty of SaaS is as CMC gains users and understanding of their needs, IBM can work quickly to provide useful, actionable capabilities to the platform.”
—Jennifer Monk Lin, senior offering manager, IBM Power Systems

Many clients have developed homegrown tools to gather enterprise system data. However, these tools often can’t be used outside the client’s firewall, preventing access via smartphones and tablets, and they often require extensive development effort, rather than being a simple turnkey solution, says Jennifer Monk Lin, senior offering manager, IBM Power Systems.

IBM recognizes clients need a broad view of their entire enterprise no matter where they are. The cloud-based CMC, which isn’t constrained by a firewall, allows managers and administrators to check the health and status of their enterprise system from a desktop or mobile device.

Key Benefits

CMC provides a complete view of the enterprise, whether it is a hybrid cloud or spread across geographically dispersed data centers. “In developing the platform, IBM focused on aggregating data from multiple HMCs to provide actionable insights for clients,” says Lin.

Because it is Software as a Service (SaaS), CMC doesn’t require any software installation or extra infrastructure. CMC is hosted on IBM Cloud and built on IBM Bluemix*. “You don’t have to worry about software maintenance, and that, in turn, reduces operating expenses,” she notes. In addition, SaaS means IBM and its development team can continuously add value and features as soon as they are available. “That’s a modern way of delivering value,” she says.

IBM takes security seriously, and many key features of the CMC emphasize that commitment. Built-in security protects clients’ data in the cloud, and all client data is encrypted in flight as well as in storage. “Clients can control which servers are connected to the CMC,” says Lin. “You don’t need to collect data from every machine on the HMC. A blacklist function enables you to prevent certain servers from sending data to the cloud.” Further, clients can disable entire applications from sending data to the cloud, or an admin can restrict an individual user’s access to resources and apps.

Shirley S. Savage is a Maine-based freelance writer. Shirley can be reached at savage.shirley@comcast.net.


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