The value of IBM i platform management
As companies move to incorporate Storage Area Network (SAN) solutions, Hardware Management Console (HMC), and Blades in addition to Power™ partitions running IBM i, AIX® and Linux®, managing the resources within your enterprise is increasingly critical and more complex. A sound platform management solution needs to be integrated out-of-the-box, and provide simplicity and solve a customer's cost and skill problems. The need for such comprehensive platform management solutions is increasing. Many factors play a role in this increase, including the prevalence of networks, the increased dependency on IS resources, and the growing complexity of IS environments. IBM i differentiates itself from competitors by focusing on simplicity in deployment and management, and maintaining its low cost of ownership. It integrates IBM i platform management solutions and manageability instrumentation into the operating system. IBM i management tasks together with capabilities to manage Power, Blades, storage and virtual environments are available in the IBM Systems Director products. IBM i and Systems Director work together to solve the platform and data center management needs of our customers within a wide range of basic and complex data center environments.
In this fast-paced world, one vendor cannot supply all of the solutions. We recognize this, and have embraced a platform management strategy that includes these elements:
These elements are fundamental in the IBM i approach to platform and data center management. Our approach supports a powerful combination of business solutions that reduce your total cost of ownership. Each element of IBM's approach is designed to meet the vast variety of real-world needs our customers have. In combination, the elements of our strategy are designed to maximize the speed with which IBM can deliver management function to our customers. This strategy affords us maximum flexibility for solving the wide variety of management issues our customers may face. All of the elements support the low total cost of ownership