SOURCE: IBM

July 26, 2005 13:24 ET

IBM to Introduce a New Class of Open Virtualization

Powerful New Virtualization Engine 2.0 Delivers Resource Management Across Servers, Networking and Storage for a More Responsive, On Demand Business

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 26, 2005 -- As part of its new systems strategy, IBM today introduced a standards-based virtualization platform that will allow customers to pool, manage and optimize their IT resources across a variety of servers, networking and storage devices in order to help improve the economics and operations of under-utilized IT assets.

The IBM Virtualization Engine 2.0 platform uses open interfaces, virtualization building blocks and Web services to connect server and storage systems. IBM Business Partners provide solutions that are critical to expand the pool across the datacenter.

"Virtualization Engine has evolved to a highly integrated open standards platform based on a four-year R&D push across IBM and in collaboration with various business partners," said Rod Adkins, vice president of development, IBM Systems and Technology Group. "The platform helps customers to drive much greater asset utilization and management simplification of their complete, open IT infrastructure on a scale never before seen."

IBM's virtualization innovations are designed to help address the spiraling cost of systems management by enabling clients to manage and administer their IT resources more easily. The Virtualization Engine console provides a single view of systems and platform health, as well as a road map or "topology," for the virtualized systems infrastructure. This can minimize the necessity for specific operating systems skills for some IT operations personnel.

Some of innovative products and features that will be available in Virtualization Engine 2.0 include:

Resource Dependency Services -- To help companies gain a view into their IT resources, RDS can be used to help define and discover relationships between users, resources, applications and networks -- a key ingredient for collaborative processing. This allows:

--  automatic discovery of resources on the IP Network.
--  the ability to map business processes to IT resources.
--  interoperability with IBM's recently announced IBM Tivoli Change and
    Configuration Management database.
--  a graphical display of topology via the Virtualization Engine console.
    
Integrated Virtual Management -- To help simplify the process of creating and configuring virtual systems, IVM can:
--  reduce time to virtualize a single server in minutes by easily
    interfacing with an easy-to-use, browser-based interface.
--  provide LPAR and virtualization support without a hardware management
    console.
    
IBM Enterprise Workload Manager -- now provides the capability to modify system resources while meeting business goals to respond to workload demands. More support for heterogeneous infrastructures is also a part of this new release. Enhancements allow:
--  dynamic partition management for POWER5-based systems.
--  an easier-to-use systems management.
--  integration with zSeries network-load balancing.
    
IBM Director 5.1 -- an integrated suite of software tools that provide a consistent, single point of management and automation is now extended to the portfolio of IBM eServer and IBM Systems. A new version of IBM Director, version 5.1, focuses on ease-of-use and delivers an even more open, integrated toolset. Some of the highlights include:
--  broader platform coverage to support Linux on IBM eServer zSeries and
    pSeries machines, as well as the new IBM System z9.
--  a new streamlined interface that boosts productivity.
--  lightweight agents for easy deployment.
--  support for Virtual Machine Manager, an extension to IBM Director,
    which provides an integration point to VMware VirtualCenter as well as a
    single view of virtual/physical machines.
--  software health check to remove update management hassles.
--  new developers' kit that, along with Director's standards-based
    design, facilitates a Partners in Management program to extend Director and
    provide customers even more choice and flexibility.
    
IBM Virtualization Engine 2.0 technology can now span the enterprise and beyond:

--  Server Virtualization
    IBM eServer systems such as pSeries, iSeries, zSeries and the new IBM
    System z9 contain various Virtualization Engine building blocks--such as
    dynamic partitioning, workload management capabilities, virtual networks,
    and virtual I/O -- that can be linked to create a "virtualization fabric"
    across an enterprise. These building block technologies can help speed
    implementation and further integration into an enterprise-wide virtualized
    environment.  IBM eServer xSeries and BladeCenter systems can tap the
    virtualization capabilities provided by VMware software to link to the
    larger fabric.
    
--  Storage Virtualization
    IBM and Network Appliance are building upon their initial relationship by
    announcing that the two companies will extend their strong relationship to
    encompass the growing technologies of virtualization.  The focus is on
    combining IBM's storage virtualization technologies and the full line of
    NetApp® V-Series and FAS storage systems into integrated solutions,
    signaling the beginning of efforts to collaborate to exploit the synergies
    between the companies' respective virtualization technologies.
    
    In addition, IBM intends to extend the capability of its premier storage
    virtualization offering, the IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller (SVC),
    by supporting interoperability between SVC and IBM zSeries systems running
    Linux.  This will enable zSeries customers the opportunity to utilize
    storage traditionally attached to open environments through configurations
    managed by IBM TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller, including the ability to
    take advantage of the tiered storage environments supported by SVC.
    
--  Network Virtualization
    Partner solutions such as Cisco's Infiniband and I/O virtualization
    technology help provide Virtualization Engine with enhancements that
    exploit dynamic partition management as well as improving the integration
    between network and server virtualization across the data center.
    
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