7 Reasons Gen8 Servers Actually Make a Difference [HP]

Jumbo jets have autopilot so advanced that they can take off or land a plane full of passengers on their own. Why does it work so well and why is it so reliable? Because it’s completely integrated with the critical systems of the plane, and it’s been tested over and over again.

Unfortunately, most data centers today are a patchwork of components that you have to manually integrate so they work together. It’s likely your SAN, network, and servers are all from different companies and each have their own management software. You and your admins struggle to learn how the multitude of complex pieces even function. Worse yet, the data center data and compute requirements continue to grow. Something has to change.

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Is Comprehensive Virtualization Like 3D Chess? [IBM]

Be careful, they say, what you wish for. Most organizations have at last bought into the promise of near-fully virtualized enterprise data centers. And, in the long run, that’s unquestionably a good thing. After all, virtualizing your data center offers a variety of potential benefits from reduced upfront capital to lower operating costs. Yet a whole host of complexities – not the least of which of those is exacerbated by the diverse group of virtualization rivals vying for a place in your data center – has made the challenges of installing and configuring a virtual environment daunting.

For instance, as organizations have begun consolidating their physical number of servers, pushing the envelope and becoming more and more virtualized, solving yesterday’s challenges has created newer and bigger ones. One, of course, is a lack of standards around virtualization. If IT is mandated with building a private cloud, more often than not it finds itself buying, for instance, servers, storage, network infrastructure, VMware, hypervisor and management tools from a highly qualified but disparate group of vendors and then left to do all the heavy lifting required to sew everything together.

Standards? What standards? [Read more…]

IBM PureFlex is fast: Get revved up over speedy new way to upgrade [IBM]

Picture all of the parts that make up your IT foundation. Much like an automobile, each year manufacturers produce new models and update parts to make the latest data center faster and more efficient than the last. Preparing your car for the open highway is much like updating your IT foundation: there are many interacting parts to consider, and while you pore over the best map, the odometer ticks.

An IT assessment of your infrastructure can help you decide which parts to replace and which parts can stay.

IBM PureFlex is a factory-integrated and optimized set of hardware. It allows you to build your system infrastructure with integrated management, automation and optimization expertise built in. PureFlex is part of PureSystems, a new family of converged infrastructure products from IBM.

PureFlex comes in three pre-configured set ups or a built-to-order set up. A pre-configured infrastructure is like driving a brand new car off the lot. A built-to-order infrastructure is like dropping new parts and a bossy new powertrain into the car you already have. Regardless, if you want a rip-and-replace infrastructure or simply hardware upgrades, PureFlex manages all of the new hardware and integrates nicely with old hardware.PureFlex can come with hardware that is preconfigured for auto provisioning and scalability, so you know you’re setting up a solid private Cloud foundation for when you’re ready to make the move.

Under the hood of PureFlex

On a technical level, it’s codified best practices for presetting configuration options by type of selected web application (e.g. high availability, high security, etc.). On a simple level, it’s a pre-configured IT infrastructure. [Read more…]