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Image Management

Controlling IT costs by reducing labor involved
Seventy percent of corporate IT budgets are spent on operations and maintenance activities, according to IDC. Leading organizations are leveraging cloud technologies to reduce these costs. A key driver of operational costs is the number of images an IT organization maintains and the labor involved in maintaining images. Image Management technologies are focused on reducing this cost by standardization and automation.

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The more efficiently and effectively virtual images are managed at every stage in their lifecycle, the bigger the payoff virtualization will generate.

Keith Smith, Chief Architect, WebSphere Virtual Enterprise

What is Image Management?

A fundamental building block in cloud computing environments is an image that is deployed on a virtual machine. The image itself is comprised of operating system software, dependencies, libraries, etc. Proliferation of images leads to increased costs and hence requires management.

Image Management includes all aspects of the lifecycle including creating, monitoring, backing up, securing and de-commissioning. This approach involves representing workloads as reusable patterns – either at the system level or the application level. Please read Keith Smith's blog post on Image Management to learn more about this topic.

Why is Image Management so important?

A big part of the IT budget is spent on operational costs and this portion of the costs has been increasing rapidly in the last decade. This is a key hurdle that IT leaders must tackle in order to be able to spend more of their efforts in driving innovation and growth. Image proliferation is a key issue as the costs are directly proportional to the number of images that need to be maintained. Standardization aims to control the proliferation by re-using images in appropriate situations and this can also reduce operational errors during deployment.

Another key element of the operational cost is the actual labor involved in managing images—including both one-time costs in setup as well as decommissioning and ongoing costs relating to patching, upgrades, testing, debugging and fixing errors. These labor costs can be significantly reduced by automation. Please read this white paper for more details on these cost drivers and the potential impact that Image Management with standardization and automation technologies can have.

How can IBM help you manage your images?

IBM is a leader in Image Management technologies, and has helped many clients leverage this technology to reduce operational costs and reinvest them to drive innovation. Not only that, IBM technologies can help you across all aspects of becoming cloud-ready – from consolidation and virtualization to standardization and automation. IBM pioneered the concept of libraries of image patterns to help deploy proven best practices and expertise learned from decades of client and partner engagements.

Feel free to read more about IBM's capabilities in this area.

Meet the Image Management expert

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    Keith Smith

    Chief Architect, WebSphere, Software Group

About Keith

Keith is Chief Architect for WebSphere Virtual Enterprise (WVE) and the WebSphere Application Server Resiliency lead architect. Keith also leads the integration of WVE technology into products such as Data Power, IBM Workload Deployer, Pure Systems, and various stack products and is heavily involved in cloud-based solutions. Keith has been with IBM for over 15 years and in the software industry for an additional 11 years. He has worked extensively in areas such as operating system development, compiler design, security, web servers, and more. Keith earned an MS in Computer Science from Clemson University and a BS in Mathematics from University of Georgia.


On the Smarter Computing Blog: Image Management

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    Image Management expert Keith Smith explains the benefits of Image Management technologies

Resources for Image Management


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