What is Cloud Computing? Let me Google that for you.
As you can see from the Google results, lots of people answer this question differently, depending on the part of the elephant they are viewing. IBM joins this conversation pretty heavily today with its announcement of new Cloud Computing services and integrated products for the enterprise, which helps clients standardize IT functions to reduce costs while increasing the quality of service.
The press announce provides a good framework for where IBM is going with its larger Cloud vision. The piece I want to focus on, of course, is the Dynamic Infrastructure and Service Management pieces--basically, the new IBM Cloudburst offering.
June 25 CloudBurst Webcast: The CloudBurst Webcast will provide more information on this announcement, but here are a few details excerpted from the IBM CloudBurst fact sheet in the meanwhile:
What does IBM Cloudburst provide?
•Self-Service Portal – allows Developers self-service access to IT infrastructure
•Service Catalog – provides list of pre-engineered services that Developers can chose from
•Automation – automatically provisions required server, storage and software when needed by Developers; without human intervention. Automatically de-provisions unused capacity, making it available for other users and increasing efficiency of data center assets
•Built-in Virtualization – leverages the full capacity of server technology up to hundreds of virtual machines
•Single Product – services included so can be deployed from single installation. No need to spend hours of IT operations staff time architecting, configuring, assembling and building from many servers, storage and software products
What are the IBM Cloudburst configuration details?
Base Hardware Configuration:
•1 42U rack
•1 BladeCenter Chassis
•1 3650M2 Management Server, 8 cores, 24GB Ram
•1 HS22 CloudBurst Management Blade, 8 cores, 48GB RAM
•3 managed HS22 blades, 8 cores, 48GB RAM
•DS3400 FC attached storage
Cloud Software Configuration:
•IBM CloudBurst service management pack
•IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager v7.1
•IBM Tivoli Monitoring v6.2.1
•IBM Systems Director 6.1.1 with Active Energy Manager; IBM ToolsCenter 1.0; IBM DS
Storage Manager for DS4000 v10.36; LSI SMI-S provider for DS3400
•VMware VirtualCenter 2.5 U4; VMware ESXi 3.5 U4 hypervisor
What differentiates IBM Cloudburst?
•Built on proven technologies already deployed at customer sites
•Secret sauce: Newly embedded service management software baked in, providing IT executives with visibility, control and automation of service delivery
•Single product, single delivery, single installation, single invoice, single support structure
•Self-service: Zero touch administration
•“Lights-out” automated operation
•Reusable image library for rapid deployment
•“Fit for purpose” based on the specific architectural requirements of unique workloads
•QuickStart Implementation services to get platform up and running in days
Chris O'Connor on CloudBurst
Chris O'Connor, VP of Tivoli strategy and product management, discusses how IBM Cloudburst helps clients simplify and consolidate their environments with repeatable patterns for workloads, helping clients be more efficient, require less staff, and deliver higher levels of quality service more accurately to the line of business.
IBM Cloud Community discussions and resources
IBM Cloud YouTube Channel: Other IBMers and customers weigh in on Cloud Computing and its importance to them (see playlist).
How about you? What does Cloud Computing mean to you? And what benefit does it provide?
IBM Cloud Community: Help us continue this conversation and sharing by joining IBM Cloud experts in knowledge sharing! (Note the Cloud Computing Central group on developerWorks for technical Cloud experts)