What is IBM PureApplication?

IBM® PureApplication® is a hybrid cloud application platform for deploying application environments quickly and repeatedly for both on-premises and off-premises cloud landscapes. App deployment normally requires scripting and configuring the tasks to deploy and manage an application, its environment and the underlying infrastructure. IBM PureApplication simplifies and automates these tasks and processes to accelerate application delivery, lower costs and reduce errors.

IBM PureApplication benefits

  • Accelerate deployment of traditional and cloud-native apps.
  • Efficiently manage, maintain and operate deployed application environments.
  • Execute repeatable patterns for fast, seamless and reliable deployments.



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Accelerate application environment deployment—automate application deployments using application patterns to avoid time consuming manual tasks that may introduce errors.

  • Patterns contain application environment models and best practices aggregated over hundreds of deployments.
  • A pattern captures configurations, scripts and VM images into an executable object that is used to deploy the same environment repeatedly.
  • Most popular application environment patterns include: Operational Decision Manager (ODM), Business Process Manager (BPM), Integration Bus and Commerce.
  • A Virtual Pattern Kit (PureApplication Software for developers download) enables you to extend or customize patterns.

Run cloud-native services, cloud-enabled applications and Open pattern automations on a single on-premises system—build and deploy cloud-native apps on Bluemix and run with existing applications.

  • Supports cloud-native workloads that run on IBM Bluemix Local and cloud-enabled middleware workloads that run on PureApplication Software.
  • Offers Open pattern automations built with Heat to automate provisioning, managing and monitoring.
  • Provides a scalable infrastructure, including hardware optimized by workloads, virtualized storage and efficient networking.
  • Provides a unified management console for administrators and application deployment.
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Simplify application lifecycle management—use policies to efficiently manage, maintain and operate deployed application environments.

  • Simplify management and operations of deployed application environments through policies that reduce manual monitoring and intervention.
  • Define a set of policies that correspond to the service level agreements (SLA) you wish to achieve.
  • Automatically monitor application workload demand, fine tune prioritization and adjust resource allocation to meet your defined policies.
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Deploy application environments across hybrid cloud landscapes—execute repeatable patterns for fast, seamless and reliable deployments on or off premises.

  • Quickly deliver hybrid and multi-cloud implementations. For example: Host normal workloads in a private cloud and use a public cloud to handle workload spikes; or host an application in a public cloud and use a secure private cloud for the underlying database.
  • Enable multiple cloud landscapes to remain distinct—but share technologies that enable porting of data and applications from one to the other.
  • Provide interoperability of workloads that can be managed across multiple cloud landscapes.
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Product details

IBM PureApplication technology is available in a range of deployment models—off premises or on premises, as an appliance or as software installed on your hardware. Advantages are:

  • A single management user interface (UI)
  • Pattern-based deployment
  • Monitoring at the middleware, OS and virtualization layers
  • Storage, networking and virtualization management
  • Update management
  • Aggregated logging across multi-server environments
  • Unified management of cloud-native and cloud-enabled applications on same platform (on the new IBM Bluemix Local System)

Additional features and functions enable you to:

Divide and isolate physical resources through cloud groups

  • Limit resources allocated to a particular user or group
  • Isolate applications or stages (i.e. dev/test versus production)
  • Isolate internal networks between cloud groups
  • Automate rebalancing based on priority
  • Establish cloud group types: dedicated physical cores, average physical cores

Achieve automated, vertical scaling for faster response times during usage spikes

  • Achieve smooth response times under load
  • Offers options for scaling patterns to address demand spikes:
    • Vertical: Increase CPU/memory resource allocated to existing nodes/server instances—adding resource to an existing VM takes seconds
    • Horizontal: Add VMs, start additional nodes/server instances, tie into existing environment—adding a VM takes minutes
    • Combination: Try vertical scaling first, then move to horizontal scaling
  • Base decisions to scale a pattern on user-specified policies
  • Use vertical and horizontal scaling on vApp and vSys patterns

Use integrated encryption support for patterns to improve application security

  • Ensure security of your data at rest with integrated encryption capability
  • Enable file system encryption for all or part of your application’s data
  • Supports any virtual system or virtual application pattern
  • Provides integrated key managers or user can select external key managers
  • Offers multiple options for underlying encryption technology

Improve governance through license management capability for IBM and non-IBM software

  • Produce license usage reports which meet sub-capacity licensing requirements
  • Prevent license overages by optionally taking action when a requested deployment would exceed entitlement
  • PureApplication System supports the following license metrics:
    • Processor Value Unit (PVU)
    • Virtual Instance/VM
    • Compute Node/Physical Server
    • Processor Core

Distribute costs through chargeback and manage users and groups

  • Perform internal chargeback by generating a report with one or more metrics: User(s), Group(s) or Instance(s) and export the report as a spreadsheet for cost calculation
  • Restrict access to resources such as individual patterns and specific pools of hardware, storage and IP addresses
  • Restrict rights such as create/modify pattern and deploy pattern
  • Report usage for showback/chargeback

Take advantage of multi-system deployment, larger subdomains and scalability

  • Increase size of deployment subdomain from two to four racks
  • Enable a deployed instance to grow on to a system where VMs were not initially deployed—prior versions are limited to adding VMs in place
  • Link shared services across externally managed environment profiles
  • Manage subdomain mirror location
  • Allow instance scale-out to deploy VMs into newly added systems

Backup and restore and achieve single rack high availability (HA)

  • Offers high granularity to backup and restore systems management and configuration data
  • Provides redundant hardware components throughout and HA management systems
  • Supports automatic recovery of workloads within an HA cloud group
  • Provides HA patterns for single rack redundancy

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What is it?

Integrated system with optional activation: IBM Bluemix Local, IBM PureApplication Software, IBM Blue Box. Includes hypervisors and network devices in a physical box managed through a unified console.

Supports Intel x86 cores.


Integrated system includes: hardware, PureApplication Software, hypervisors and network devices in a physical box managed through a unified console.

Supports POWER based cores.


PureApplication Software deployment engine and management console.

Bring-your-own-hardware (BYOH). Install on a virtual machine that runs on a VMWare VSphere Hypervisor.  


PureApplication Software deployed in SoftLayer worldwide cloud data centers.  
Based on x86 architecture and VMWare virtualization technology.

Where is it? On-premises appliance On-premises appliance On premises. Bring your own hardware. Off premises. Secure private cloud.
Who sets it up? IBM IBM You IBM
Who manages it? You or IBM You You IBM
Time to value Fastest Fastest Fast Faster
Set up and management Simple Simple Flexible Simple


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