How cloud and virtualization can help drive cost out of your IT infrastructure
Shaku Selvakumar 060001XT47 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  automation websphere websphere_cloudburst_appl... bizagility infrastructure virtualization ibmimpact cloud
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Organizations are continually looking for ways to increase business agility to respond effectively to change while reducing cost to stay competitive. One way to achieve business agility while optimizing costs is to take a close look at the infrastructure that supports business applications and services. This requires an application infrastructure that drives efficiencies, offers security and control and is dynamic.
The diagram below shows IBM virtualization and cloud technologies on a continuum of cost and automation. It illustrates how infrastructure virtualization and server virtualization are complementary. At a high level, server virtualization is focused on turning physical resources into logical ones, and mostly focused on resources. Hypervisors and application infrastructure virtualization are important ways to continue to increase the level of automation and drive cost out of your IT infrastructure.
Application Infrastructure Virtualization--WebSphere Virtual Enterprise--provides the ability to separate applications from the physical infrastructure on which they run. Workloads can then be dynamically placed and migrated across a pool of application server resources allowing the infrastructure to dynamically adapt and respond to business needs. In addition, requests to be prioritized and intelligently routed to respond to the most critical applications and users.
It frees the enterprise from a tight coupling between an application and associated application servers. This loose coupling enables open standards based software to intelligently manage and shift workloads according to agreed-upon business policy. For instance, high-priority applications can be allocated the majority of resources; lower priority applications are either designed to run later or moved to less capable resources. These operations are all seamless to the user.
Virtualization also provides the foundation for transition into cloud computing technologies such as private cloud and WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance. IBM’s private cloud technologies further automate the application design and deployment process, and speed delivery into a virtualized cloud environment, providing additional cost optimization and management efficiencies.
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