IBM SmartCloud Entry for System x

Improve data center efficiency with self-service and automation


  • Improves data center efficiency and time to value
  • Manages System x®, IBM® BladeCenter®, IBM PureFlex™ System and IBM Flex System™
  • Multi-hypervisor support gives implementation choices
  • Simple-to-deploy, easy-to-use, works with new or existing infrastructure
  • Optimized with automation, security and resource sharing, and built-in metering and reporting

IBM SmartCloud™ Entry is robust software that simplifies management of your virtualized environment. Users can request and provision an environment quickly through an easy-to-use web-based interface. IT managers can monitor and manage this environment for improved efficiency and utilization of the data center. IBM SmartCloud Entry v2.4 release includes heterogeneous server architecture support from a single SmartCloud Entry user interface. This enables greater flexibility as customers can manage across System x, BladeCenter, IBM Flex System and PureFlex platforms with a single, consolidated image of SmartCloud Entry software. IBM intends to update the IBM SmartCloud Entry offerings to support Hyper-V and KVM virtualized workloads to provide more options and greater flexibility for cloud infrastructures.1

SmartCloud Entry capabilities

Create images: Simplify storage of thousands of images

  • Easily create new ‘golden master’ images and software appliances using corporate standard operating systems
  • Convert images from physical systems or between various x86 hypervisors
  • Reliably track images to ensure compliance and minimize security risks
  • Optimize resources, reducing the number of virtualized images and the storage required for them

Deploy VMs: Slash time to value for new workloads from months to a few days

  • Deploy application images across compute and storage resources
  • End user self-service for improved responsiveness
  • Enable security through VM isolation, project-level user access controls
  • Easy to use—no need to know all the details of the infrastructure
  • Investment protection from full support of existing virtualized environments
  • Optimize performance on IBM systems with dynamic scaling, expansive capacity and continuous operation

Operate a private cloud: Cut costs with efficient operations

  • Delegate provisioning to authorized users to improve productivity
  • Maintain full oversight to ensure an optimally running and safe Cloud through automated approval/rejection
  • Built-in workload metering delivers the foundation for pay-per-use model
  • Standardize deployment and configuration to improve compliance and reduce errors by setting policies, defaults and templates
  • Simplify administration with an intuitive interface for managing projects, users, workloads, resources, billing, approvals and metering
  • Integrated platform management allows easy transition between physical/virtual resource views to facilitate diagnosis and maintenance
  • Manage automated approvals, metering, billing, users and projects through a single pane of glass
(1) IBM’s statements regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at IBM’s sole discretion. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline our general product direction and it should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion.

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