Cloud computing is becoming recognized as an IT delivery model which can help improve IT asset utilization, flexibility and responsiveness while reducing complexity and lowering maintenance costs. However, many organizations are discovering that implementing cloud computing in their data centers can bring management challenges and even complexities which can decrease the gains and benefits of the cloud. Interoperability, image management, workload performance, security and scalability are all issues which can impede the efficiency and costs-saving potential of the cloud.
The IBM Power Systems Solution Edition for Cloud helps speed up and simplifies the deployment of a cloud with OpenStack based cloud management software delivered on a pre-built and pre-installed Power Systems enterprise platform. The Solution Edition is easy to order, includes configurable hardware choices to address customer needs and preferences, and ensures successful deployment with optional IBM Lab Services implementation. Building on IBM PowerVM® virtualization and IBM PowerVC™ management, the Solution Edition for Cloud provides cloud capabilities based on a flexible and extensible OpenStack platform with fast and automated installation, an intuitive and easy to use interface, automated deployment, image management, workload metering, and the self-service features of cloud.