IBM CloudBurst Cloud Service Platform Expands

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IBM expands its CloudBurst platform with application deployment solution Service Delivery Manager.

Technology giant IBM announced it is expanding its CloudBurst cloud service platform by delivering the appliance on Power-based hardware as well as currently installed IBM and non-IBM systems. The CloudBurst appliance is designed to automatically integrate hardware, storage, networking, virtualization and service management software for a private cloud environment. Core to the new offering is the IBM Service Delivery Manager, which automates the deployment, monitoring and management of cloud computing services for the IT staff.

IBM’s CloudBurst 2.1 on Power Systems is based on IBM Power 750 servers. The appliance can support from 160 up to 2,900 virtual machines while delivering enhanced security to keep the data in those applications separate. IBM estimated that private clouds built on Power systems could be up to 70 percent less expensive than stand-alone x86 servers. The company said the appliance will be available starting Dec. 17, 2010.

The company’s Service Delivery Manager solution is based on a preintegrated, software-only stack for x86 and Power systems. The software can be ordered separate from the hardware, offering clients the option of using their current IBM or non-IBM hardware investments to deploy a cloud computing solution.

It is deployed as a set of virtual images that automate the IT service deployment and provide resource monitoring, cost management and provisioning of services in the cloud. Service Delivery Manager for x86 systems is available now, and Service Delivery Manager for Power systems will be available starting Dec. 17, according to a company release.

In addition, an updated version of the IBM CloudBurst 2.1 on System x, based on IBM HS22V blades, is equipped with 50 percent more memory and double the Fibre Channel bandwidth and with the ability to run 30 or more virtual machines per blade. Prices start at $220,000 for CloudBurst on System x before discounts; the product is currently available.

"Automating IT resources to support new applications is critical because at most companies, a business user typically must wait weeks to get access to new IT resources due to the manual processes required to set up resources," said Lauren States, vice president of Tivoli Cloud Computing for IBM. "CloudBurst automates the manual processes to dramatically speed a business’s time-to-market."