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New IBM Offerings Help Build Private, Public and Hybrid Cloud Infrastructures

Alice Spence
Illustration by Wayne Mills

Many enterprises employ cloud computing to lower operational costs, improve server utilization, boost efficiency through automation and gain agility. Many organizations also are exploring the advantages of on-premises or off-premises cloud, and hybrid cloud, which offers an optimal balance of security, control, rapid access and cost.

“The world is moving toward a new way of building and deploying applications that enables innovative apps and services to be created quickly. Organizations must adopt these new ways to stay competitive, respond rapidly to market demands, and offer new applications and services.”
—Alise Spence, offering manager, Power Systems cloud solutions

To help organizations with their cloud transition, IBM created several new offerings to help build private, public and hybrid cloud infrastructures. In September 2016, IBM launched two new enterprise-class, cloud-ready server solutions: IBM Power Systems* Enterprise Cloud and OpenPOWER LC systems for Linux* clusters. These solutions join the existing PurePower offering, and include hardware, software and services. IBM Cloud Power* Virtualization Center (PowerVC) Manager can be licensed for existing systems and is also included with AIX* Enterprise Edition, IBM’s Enterprise cloud servers and PurePower System*.

To learn how businesses can benefit from these offerings, IBM Systems Magazine sat down with Alise Spence, offering manager, Power Systems cloud solutions.

IBM Systems Magazine (ISM): What do these new systems offer clients?
Alise Spence (AS):
They warrant a lot of excitement, as they bring together the advantages of open source and IBM cloud with the exceptional performance advantages of the POWER8* architecture. Whether choosing a scale-up, enterprise-grade system, an integrated system or OpenPOWER scale-out server clusters, POWER* processors enable clients to quickly deploy private or service provider cloud infrastructure with cloud-based consumption models for operational expenditure-based pay-for-use economics for data and analytics workloads.

IBM’s POWER cloud servers leverage OpenStack and OpenStack APIs to deliver efficiencies and cost savings for private and public cloud infrastructure. These include virtualization management, self-service, automation, dynamic resource optimization and role-based access.

For clients running traditional SAP, Oracle, DB2* and WebSphere* Application Server workloads, the IBM Power Enterprise Systems for cloud, or C models, provide clients with a smooth transition to the cloud. This system provides the highly scalable and secure infrastructure that mission-critical workloads need, cloud delivery and management tools, and Power cloud deployment services. The tools include Cloud PowerVC Manager for infrastructure as a service, Capacity on Demand (CoD) with pay-per-use for elastic capacity, and the Starter Kit for Cloud, which features POWER8 hybrid cloud access in the IBM Cloud.

For clients looking for a scale-out form factor for distributed cloud workloads, IBM offers OpenPOWER LC systems. These are optimized to run clusters of open-source workloads on Linux with the same symmetric multithreading, wider memory bandwidth and larger cache sizes as their larger scale-up brethren. OpenPOWER servers benefit from the innovation and ecosystem of worldwide consortium partners for innovative acceleration technologies, such as NVLink, CAPI, GPUs and field-programmable gate arrays.

IBM is committed to ensuring that clients can take advantage of open source and open standards on our platforms. With our hardened solutions, clients get the best of open source along with enterprise-grade capabilities and support. They can choose distributions of pure-play OpenStack from Canonical and Mirantis. Cloud PowerVC Manager is based on OpenStack APIs and delivers unique capabilities for enterprises, including dynamic resource optimization, CoD integration, intuitive self-service interface, process oversight and automation.

ISM: How does hybrid cloud benefit clients?
Organizations want a balance between on- and off-premises resources to optimize cost, security and control of their systems. POWER processors—in both the C and LC models—support a hybrid cloud structure for integrated workloads, bursting different workloads and rapid POWER8 access in the IBM Cloud for development, testing or porting.

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



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