By Rich Ptak
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What’s the issue?
IBM Software Defined Infrastructure & SoftwareIn a nutshell, IBM’s Software Defined Computing solution suite addresses the user interface, workload management, infrastructure management and solution development challenges. At the heart of the solution is Cluster Virtualization software which virtualizes access to and exploitation of servers, storage, clusters, clouds, etc., or whatever constitutes the defined available infrastructure. IBM’s innovation is to buffer the user, whether apps developer or user, from having to learn about the intricacies of the supporting computing infrastructure. It offers the prospect of automatic infrastructure configuration and management optimized to provide maximum infrastructure utilization and workload performance.
A virtualization software interface buffers the user and IT operations from the complexity of the underlying infrastructure more effectively than past attempts. Users provide app requirements and parameters. Operations staff identify performance metrics, constraints, and requirements. The solution suites for workload types (discussed below) manage and optimize infrastructure operations using cognitive computing solutions. These dynamically learn app and workload behaviors, infrastructure availability and performance, etc. measured against up to 20 different parameters to manage workloads and configurations.
Next Gen IBM Spectrum LSF Suites
IBM also announced significant enhancements to their IBM Spectrum LSF suites. These offer workload management options specifically targeted at the Enterprise, HPC and Workgroup segments with increasing functionality at each level. Figure 2 shows how the functionality and capability varies at each level.
Each level is designed to simplify user access and management with automated reconfigurations of access to resources, rapid, flexible scalability and resource utilization. All adjustments are controlled through defined policies, automatically managed and administered.