Infrastructure Management is the most critical part of our time in the I.T arena today. We have to understand how our customers are meeting their IT demands, managing their IT infrastructure, and what more we can do for them.
As we all know, Cloud has always been in every customer “wish-list” and it is perceived that having it can be good yet expensive. Knowing all of this, Pure Systems are designed for the next generation platforms and we ensure that there is a lot of investment protection that brings a lot of value to our customers.
When we talk about how technology can help us consolidate our IT infrastructure using virtualization as a technology, it is very much in the interest of every IT organization to understand, how exactly these upcoming technologies help us reduce our real life operational costs?
While we continue talking about consolidation of our IT Infrastructure, the next big thing that comes into our mind is virtualization. The obvious reason is in our traditional approach, we find that our compute, networking, storage and other resources are never utilized to the fullest. This impacts our operational costs, where we pay for 100% and practically utilize nothing more than 70-75%. Virtualization helps you address these unforeseen problems and ensures efficient and complete utilization of our available IT resources. As most of our customers do only have partially virtualized IT infrastructure, they are unaware of complete virtualization and its benefits.
Often asked questions:
What do we mean by fully virtualized Infrastructure?
Virtualization, as we all know, is primarily required for efficient utilization of available resources. It is possible to virtualize almost anything. People are well-aware of virtualization in Compute and Network layers. What they don’t know is that even our storage layer can be fully and efficiently utilized. That would no less be than an icing on the cake.
Can there be any problem to have storage layer virtualized along with their associated compute and networking layers?
Reciprocating this doubt is our IBM PureSystems. It has smartly and very intelligently chosen IBM Storwize V7000 from IBM’s storage portfolio, thereby leveraging all its rich and advanced features that would furthermore benefit our customers to a great extent. Of all the rich features that IBM Storwize v7000 has, Virtualization of disks play a very important role in having complete utilization of overall storage capacity. This increases performance and ensures high availability at all times.
So with IBM PureFlex system, we can now have the entire infrastructure stack virtualized and optimized to deliver the best industry performance that any application or workload may require.
What would be the next step for any customer once they Consolidate and Optimize their IT Infrastructure?
Its time to Innovate and Accelerate!
Now that you have consolidated and optimized your IT Infrastructure, it’s time to understand if there is any complexities that you see, post your consolidation
Few of the possible complexities are as follows…
- Multiple Management consoles for every layer. (Server, network, storage, hypervisors etc.)
- Multiple Administration Experts to manage each of these layers.
- Separate SNMP and mail alerts at every layer to report problems if any.
- Managing and maintaining the inter-dependencies and interoperability between all these layers.
IBM Flex System Manager (FSM) is the answer to all of the above mentioned operational problems. It not only addresses the above problems but also ensures that every minute details that are essential for managing today’s IT environment is covered. It also provides you an overall consolidated report of your system performance, utilization, and availability at all times.
FSM provides a single pane of management for multiple compute nodes (Intel+Unix), networking, storage, multiple hypervisors, operating systems, consolidated service and support console, automated call logging facility, and more.
Apart from the above mentioned capabilities, IBM Flex System Manager comes with an in-built cloud functionality called “SmartCloud Entry” that can be further leveraged and used to accelerate, automate and simplify your daily IT process and operations. It brings automation to an extent where your operations reduce to around four clicks on the cloud management console.
IBM PureSystems are meant to provide you an entire Infrastructure stack with all the essentials as well as optionals that every customer would want to have. SmartCloud Entry is one such feature that can be easily deployed and used with IBM PureSystems, thereby taking your IT to the next level…