IBM to Infuse Power Systems into SoftLayer, Bolstering Big Data in the Cloud
IBM Introduces New Services and Tools for Hybrid and Private Clouds
LAS VEGAS, Feb. 24, 2014
LAS VEGAS, Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that
SoftLayer is integrating IBM Power Systems into their cloud infrastructure
that is expected to deliver a level and breadth of services beyond what has
traditionally been available over the cloud. IBM also announced new services
and tools that will help organizations deploy hybrid and private cloud
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Taking advantage of IBM's Power Systems line of servers built for Big Data
demands, SoftLayer can help clients seeking cutting-edge technologies and
tools to help them better capture, understand and leverage increasing volumes
Additionally, the IBM Platform Computing Cloud Service will deliver a
simplified managementand a seamless user experience for hybrid cloud
Further bolstering the IBM cloud portfolio, IBM Wave for z/VM will provide
rapid insight into an organization's virtualized infrastructure with
intelligent visualization, simplified monitoring and unified management.
Power brings SoftLayer to Watson
Last month IBM publicly committed $1.2 billion to expand IBM's global cloud
footprint. In particular, IBM plans to deliver cloud services from 40 data
centers worldwide in 15 countries and five continents globally, including
North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
Beginning next quarter and continuing over time, SoftLayer's first service
built on Power Systems will be IBM Watson solutions followed by additional
offerings leveraging Power Systems' advantages of optimization for data and
analytics performance. The preliminary set of planned offerings includes:
oWatson solutions -- includes Watson Discovery Advisor, Watson Engagement
Advisor and The Watson Development Cloud, a platform as a service that
contains the technology, tools, SDKs and APIs that enable third parties to
design, develop and deploy cognitive applications;
oSoftware as a Service -- includes a wide range of data services optimized
on Power Systems including IBM's DB2 BLU with Acceleration and IBM Cognos
analytics solutions; and
oInfrastructure as a Service -- bare metal Power Systems will be offered to
clients as an on-demand infrastructure platform.
Today's news comes less than a year after IBM acquired SoftLayer. Shortly
after the acquisition was complete, the IBM Power Systems and SoftLayer
development teams came together to rapidly design and test Power Systems
optimized for the SoftLayer environment.
"Once our development teams began testing Power Systems in the SoftLayer
environment, Power's competitive advantage immediately became clear," said
Lance Crosby, IBM SoftLayer CEO. "The performance and efficiencies inherent
in Power Systems are a real game-changer -- particularly when it comes to
building out modern, adaptable cloud environments that can handle the next
level of Big Data coming our way. The combination of SoftLayer and Power
Systems will allow us to take cloud computing to a new level, providing
customers with services they hadn't thought were possible."
Hybrid Clouds for Compute Intensive Environments
The second element of today's announcement is the new IBM Platform Computing
Cloud Service, a ready-to-run cluster in the cloud – complete with workload
management, SoftLayer infrastructure and the support of a dedicated cloud
operations team. With IBM Platform Computing Cloud Service organizations can
rapidly extend resources to physical, non-shared infrastructure in the
SoftLayer cloud to quickly accommodate peaks in demand without being concerned
Advances in high performance applications are enabling analysts, researchers,
scientists and engineers to run more complex and detailed simulations and
analyses in a bid to gather game-changing insights and deliver new products to
market. This is placing greater demand on existing IT infrastructures, driving
a need for instant access to resources – compute, storage, and network – as
well as high performing workload and resource management. With IBM Platform
Computing Cloud Service, organizations can access SoftLayer's cloud resources
on a temporary basis without the need to acquire, install and configure the
infrastructure in-house. IBM Platform LSF or Platform Symphony software is
provisioned on SoftLayer and the on-premise infrastructure, expanding capacity
as needed by seamlessly bursting jobs from on-premise to secure off-premise
resources. With on-demand access to additional resources, organizations are
able to quickly adapt to changing business needs and get their products or
research out of the door faster.
IBM Platform Computing Cloud Service will provide an end-to-end hybrid cloud
environment to organizations running compute-intensive analytics and technical
computing applications. With the acquisition of SoftLayer and Platform
Computing, IBM offers clients the benefit of providing both in one complete
solution, with the addition of industry expertise to provide support.
Virtual Clouds for the Mainframe
IBM is also introducing IBM Wave for z/VM, a virtualization management tool
for managing IBM z/VM and Linux virtual servers, that makes first-time private
cloud deployments easier. IBM acquired the technology with the purchase of
Israeli-based virtualization company CSL International. IBM Wave makes tasks
in Linux on System z environments easier with automation, intelligent
visualization, simplified monitoring and unified management.
IBM Wave can help improve productivity and operational efficiency of managing
complex server environments. It offers policy-based virtual server
provisioning and scaling to handle the most complex installations. Internal
tests conducted with IBM Wave demonstrated that it reduced time needed to
conduct common and administrative tasks by more than 50 percent.
The amount of complexity involved in technical computing and analytics today
requires the right mix of computing models that can seamlessly meet unique
business needs while improving the efficiency and ensuring service continuity
and reliability. IBM Wave can help organizations transition effortlessly to a
private cloud environment by simplifying and automating the administration and
operations of z/VM and Linux virtual servers.
As a component of the IBM Enterprise Linux Server, IBM Wave will also make it
easier for new clients to take advantage of mainframe qualities of service.
With 78 of the top 100 System z Customers running Linux on the mainframe ,
this ability will become increasingly critical for IBM clients.
IBM Systems and Technology Group offers a full range of offerings supporting
public, private and hybrid cloud implementations that integrate with IBM's
cloud software and services. The portfolio includes IBM System x racks and
BladeCenter, NeXtScale, PureFlex, Power Systems, System z servers, and IBM
For more information on IBM cloud computing, go to www.ibm.com/cloud.
For more information on IBM Power Systems, go to www.ibm.com/power.
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