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Primeur weekly 2014-05-19

The Cloud

IBM named no. 1 preferred provider of IaaS Cloud by enterprises ...

IBM closes acquisition of Silverpop ...

Introducing IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack ...

South Korean Agency turns to IBM mainframe Cloud to better engage and serve South Korean citizens ...

Bright Computing announces an integrated OpenStack solution at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta ...

Desktop Grids

Mass number-crunching may help crack Alzheimer's disease code ...

EuroFlash

PRACE Annual Report 2013 now available ...

DKRZ chooses Bull for its first Petaflops-scale supercomputer and for co-operation on climate research in Germany, as part of an initial contract worth 26 million euro ...

Barcelona hosts 500 experts in advanced computing ...

The turbulent birth of stars in galactic collisions ...

Using nature as a model for low-friction bearings ...

USFlash

Carnegie Mellon will test Internet architecture in vehicular network and for on-line video ...

IBM unveils software defined storage technology for era of Big Data ...

PSC and Hopkins computer model helps Benin vaccinate more kids at lower cost ...

University of Maryland launches new supercomputer to expand high-performance computing for research ...

HP reinvents data back-up with predictive, social-enabled data protection ...

IBM Research sets new record for storing massive amounts of Big Data ...

IBM reveals new companies developing Watson-powered apps ...

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre second stage details released ...

Fast and curious: Electrons hurtle into the interior of a new class of quantum materials ...

HP helps customers speed design, deployment of applications and services ...

IBM Research discovers new class of industrial polymers ...

National Institutes of Health funding to help expand data storage capacity at UC Riverside ...

EMC inaugurates Big Data R&D centre in Brazil ...

Raritan unveils fast and intelligent rack power transfer switch at Cisco Live ...

Introducing IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack

15 May 2014 Atlanta - IBM has announced at the OpenStack Summit that it is expanding its support of open technologies by providing advanced OpenStack integration and Cloud virtualization and management capabilities across IBM's entire server portfolio with IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack.

As companies increasingly migrate to software defined environments, automating hybrid Cloud infrastructure across multiple platforms through open technologies becomes essential. Open technologies can make it easier for businesses to adopt a Cloud model and integrate it with their existing IT infrastructure and applications to meet their evolving business needs.

IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack provides support for the latest operating system release, Icehouse, and full access to the complete core OpenStack API set to help clients ensure application portability and avoid vendor lock-in. It also extends Cloud management support to System z, in addition to Power Systems, PureFlex/Flex Systems, System x, or any other x86 environment. The new solution also provides support for IBM z/VM on System z, and PowerVC for PowerVM on Power Systems designed to add more scalability and security to Linux environments.

Built on the foundation of IBM SmartCloud Entry, IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack offers a modular, flexible design that enables rapid innovation, vendor interoperability, and faster time-to-value. It is an easy-to-deploy, simple-to-use Cloud management offering that can deliver improved private Cloud and Service Provider solutions with features like security, automation, usage tracking metering, and multi-architecture management.

The technology can be accessed at OpenStack Marketplace, an on-line resource where organisations wanting to build or use OpenStack Clouds can easily discover and compare products and services that best meet their business requirements.

IBM also announced IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack is available as a bundled offering with the new IBM Power Systems servers announced just last month. Called the IBM Power Systems Solution Edition for Scale Out Cloud, the offering combines a one or two socket system running Linux built on IBM's latest POWER8 processor technology with new PowerKVM hypervisor, and OpenStack Cloud management tools and APIs. The combination allows open infrastructures to scale out intelligently, with less hardware, power and cooling requirements, and better economics leveraging over twice the bandwidth from previous generations. This is also an advantage for those Cloud services that demand exceptional compute power and memory bandwidth for Big Data and analytics.

IBM also announced it is beta testing a dynamic, hybrid Cloud solution on the IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack platform. Workloads requiring additional infrastructure resources can expand from an on-premise Cloud to remote infrastructure on SoftLayer to meet resource demands. This can allow IBM clients and Business Partners to perform self-service provisioning of IT services across multiple environments with an easy-to-use interface.

“IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack provides the openness and flexibility to increase a business' ability to capitalize on opportunities by quickly delivering new Cloud services", stated Jane Munn, IBM Vice President and Business Line Executive for Cloud. "In addition, open community development facilitates vendor interoperability, allowing IBM clients and Businesses Partners to adapt their cloud assets in response to changing business needs."

IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack is designed to help ensure that mission critical applications running in the Cloud are managed effectively. Clients including Hubei RCCB, managed services provider Zetark, SAP integrator and IT hosting company AGENTIL, and the University of San Francisco have all adopted IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack for their cloud development and deployment strategies.

"We feel very confident in the roadmap for IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack and IBM Power Systems and what it promises in the coming years", stated Lei Zhi, IT manager for Hubei RCCB. "With IBM's support we are confident that this cloud solution will provide the rapid deployment and ease of management we require for our test environment, both now and in years to come."

IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack key features include:

  • Simplified end-user self-service portal for automated delivery of requested services without IT intervention.
  • Virtualized image management with library for standardized images, automated approval processing and provisioning.
  • Full OpenStack API support for interoperability and customization to help tailor services to unique business requirements.
  • Basic metering to support allocation of IT infrastructure usage to appropriate individuals, groups or departments.

IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack is part of a family of offerings that clients and Service Providers can use to address the challenges of Cloud operation. IBM Cloud Orchestrator offers more advance features to ease the co-ordination of complex tasks, including business process work flows and application patterns. IBM Platform Resource Scheduler provides dynamic resource management via intelligent resource pooling and policy-based infrastructure resource management.

IBM Systems and Technology Group provides a full range of offerings supporting public, private and hybrid Cloud implementations that integrate with IBM's cloud software and services. This Systems portfolio includes IBM System x racks and BladeCenter, NeXtScale, PureFlex, Power Systems and System z servers, and IBM Optimized Storage solutions.
Source: IBM

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Primeur weekly 2014-05-19

The Cloud

IBM named no. 1 preferred provider of IaaS Cloud by enterprises ...

IBM closes acquisition of Silverpop ...

Introducing IBM Cloud Manager with OpenStack ...

South Korean Agency turns to IBM mainframe Cloud to better engage and serve South Korean citizens ...

Bright Computing announces an integrated OpenStack solution at the OpenStack Summit in Atlanta ...

Desktop Grids

Mass number-crunching may help crack Alzheimer's disease code ...

EuroFlash

PRACE Annual Report 2013 now available ...

DKRZ chooses Bull for its first Petaflops-scale supercomputer and for co-operation on climate research in Germany, as part of an initial contract worth 26 million euro ...

Barcelona hosts 500 experts in advanced computing ...

The turbulent birth of stars in galactic collisions ...

Using nature as a model for low-friction bearings ...

USFlash

Carnegie Mellon will test Internet architecture in vehicular network and for on-line video ...

IBM unveils software defined storage technology for era of Big Data ...

PSC and Hopkins computer model helps Benin vaccinate more kids at lower cost ...

University of Maryland launches new supercomputer to expand high-performance computing for research ...

HP reinvents data back-up with predictive, social-enabled data protection ...

IBM Research sets new record for storing massive amounts of Big Data ...

IBM reveals new companies developing Watson-powered apps ...

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre second stage details released ...

Fast and curious: Electrons hurtle into the interior of a new class of quantum materials ...

HP helps customers speed design, deployment of applications and services ...

IBM Research discovers new class of industrial polymers ...

National Institutes of Health funding to help expand data storage capacity at UC Riverside ...

EMC inaugurates Big Data R&D centre in Brazil ...

Raritan unveils fast and intelligent rack power transfer switch at Cisco Live ...