SoftLayer to Integrate IBM Power Systems into Cloud Infrastructure

February 24, 2014

LAS VEGAS, Nev., Feb. 24 — 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 environments.

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 of data.

Additionally, the IBM Platform Computing Cloud Service will deliver a simplified management and a seamless user experience for hybrid cloud deployments

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: 

  • Watson 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;
  • Software as a Service — includes a wide range of data services optimized on Power Systems including IBM’s DB2 BLU and IBM Cognos analytics solutions; and
  • Infrastructure 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 about performance.

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 be 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 BladeCenterNeXtScalePureFlexPower SystemsSystem z servers, and IBM Storage solutions.

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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Source: IBM

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