IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2012 - (Page 7)

IBM Perspective Mainframe directions Not All Clouds Are Designed Equal C loud technologies are revolutionizing IT delivery models. Nearly two-thirds of organizations and businesses are looking to implement cloud computing to run their IT more efficiently, according to Information Week, Outlook 2012. They must deliver to their customers access to self-service IT tools and data, such as account information or patient health results. But to successfully and efficiently implement cloud technology while meeting consumers’ needs, the choice of technology is paramount. When adopting a cloud strategy, many mistakenly assume their only option is a farm of distributed servers. Because a few large cloud providers run their environments on x86, cloud and x86 have become synonymous. However, these are highly complex environments with increasing administrative requirements and rising energy consumption that contribute to high operations costs. To shift funds from managing operations to enabling innovation, organizations must improve data center efficiency. IBM offers solutions that help clients build and use clouds differently. We provide access to technology options that extend far beyond the x86 status quo to allow clients the flexibility to run a heterogeneous environment. An open and extensible cloud platform can more simply and optimally meet businesses’ unique requirements. Of course, that’s where IBM zEnterprise* EC12 (zEC12) fits in. Delivering efficiency at scale, zEnterprise clouds have a highly scalable, share-everything design. When coupled with their heterogeneous infrastructure, clients can implement a complete cloud solution for 50 to 70 percent less than a typical x86 scale-out architecture, according to IBM internal studies. We listened to our clients when designing the zEC12, focusing on their challenges and business vision. And of course, cloud computing was one area they wanted to invest in—and save. Enhanced cloud computing technologies from the zEC12, like advanced security, workload automation, availability firmware and the partitioning architecture, help minimize cloud failures that have cost businesses millions in downtime. The zEC12 features: The industry’s most commercially secure platform (as certified by EAL), protecting customer and corporate data in a shared cloud infrastructure Superior availability versus the competition, boasting up to 80 percent less downtime than x86 environments, according to an internal study Greater workload consolidation and standardization, managing upwards of 100,000 virtual servers Automated provisioning, with Tivoli* Service Automation Manager on System z running nearly 90 percent faster than manual provisioning Dynamic provisioning of resources, allowing you to add capacity in minutes versus days Instant cloud capacity growth with a pay-as-you-grow model The zEC12 was engineered for dramatic leaps in capacity, extreme workload consolidation, IT optimization, high security levels, guaranteed isolation and virtualization. All of these contribute to lowering the cost of IT operations and offering new services to grow business. Greg Lotko, Vice President and Business Line Executive for System z NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 7 PHOTOGRAPHY BY BOB MARTUS

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2012

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2012
Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Been There, Done That
IBM Perspective: Not All Clouds Are Designed Equal
Insider: What's Really Driving Peak CPU Usage?
Focus on Storage: The DS8870 Provides up to Three Times the Performance of Its Predecessor
Case Study: A Capital Investment: DTCC implements tools to ensure its networking infrastructure is ready for anything
Cover Story: A Clear Vision for Cloud: System z GM Doug Balog on why zEnterprise provides a firm foundation for a secure cloud
Feature: Overcoming Cloud Obstacles: The benefits far outweigh the challenges associated with cloud integration
Tech Corner: From Silicon to Architecture, zEC12 Innovations Push the Envelope
Administrator: IBM zAware Extends z/OS Resilience to Another Level
Solutions: Attach Facility; DataSniff; AutoPilot; Eclipse; Correlog Enterprise Server 5.1
Advertisers Index
Stop Run: IBM Distinguished Engineer Joe Temple Reflects on His Juggling Past
Reference Point - Global Events, Education, Resources for Power Systems
Smarter Computing
2013 Mainframe Buyer's Guide Index

IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe Edition - November/December 2012