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October 13, 2010

IBM expands CloudBurst service delivery platforms

Workload-optimised to integrate hardware, storage, networking and virtualisation

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM has expanded its CloudBurst family of pre-integrated cloud service delivery platforms by delivering the appliance on its POWER7-based hardware and offering the software to run on currently installed IBM and non-IBM systems.

The new products include an appliance IBM CloudBurst v2.1 on Power Systems that is based on IBM Power 750 servers; a software offering IBM Service Delivery Manager based on a pre-integrated, software-only stack for x86 and Power systems; and a new version of the IBM CloudBurst v2.1 on System x that is based on IBM HS22V blades.

The IBM CloudBurst v2.1 can support from 160 up to 2,900 virtual machines while delivering greater security to keep the data in those applications separate, the company said.

The new software offering is deployed as a set of virtual images that automate the IT service deployment and provide resource monitoring, cost management and provisioning of services in the cloud.

The new version of the IBM CloudBurst v2.1 on System x is based on IBM HS22V blades equipped with 50% more memory and double the fibre channel bandwidth and has the ability to run 30 or more virtual machines per blade, according to the company.

The CloudBurst appliances are workload-optimised offerings that integrate hardware, storage, networking, virtualisation and its service management software to create a private cloud environment.

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The company said that new clouud offerrings comprises of IBM’s autonomic computing advance, the new IBM Service Delivery Manager which enables organisations to automate deployment, monitor and manage cloud computing services for the IT staff.

IBM software group vice president for cloud computing Lauren States said, automating IT resources to support new applications is critical because at most companies, a business user typically must wait weeks to get access to new IT resources due to the manual processes required to set up resources.

"IBM CloudBurst automates the manual processes to dramatically speed a business’s time-to-market," States said.

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