Why Consolidation and FlexSystem Manager are Important

While we understand today that management is not given the importance it deserves, it’s high time we realize that it is infrastructure management which takes most of our time in the IT arena today.

Here we would touch base on how our customers are currently doing their IT management and what they have in their “wish” list.

Knowing all of this, how IBM PureSystems is designed for next generation platforms and how we ensure that there is a lot of investment protection brings a lot of value to our customers.
While we continue to talk about how technology can help us consolidate our IT infrastructure using virtualization as a technology, it is very much in the interest of every IT organization to understand how exactly these upcoming technologies help us reduce our real life operational costs.

When we talk about consolidation of our IT Infrastructure, the next thing that comes into our mind is virtualization. This is for the obvious reasons that in our traditional approach, we find that our compute, networking, storage and other resources are never 100 percent utilized. This impacts our operational costs, where we pay for 100 percent and practically utilize nothing more than 70 to 75 percent..

Virtualization helps you address this unforeseen problem and ensures efficient and complete utilization of our available IT resources.

I usually ask my customers if their infrastructure is virtualized. Their immediate response is yes!

Then I may want to ask them if their infrastructure is fully virtualized. With lots of reluctance, their answer would be “No, it’s partially virtualized, which includes compute and networking only.”

Question: So what do we mean by fully virtualized infrastructure?

Answer: Let me explain…

Virtualization as we all know is primarily required for efficient utilization of available resources. So is that applicable to only compute and network layers? What about storage? Can we not have them virtualized too? Don’t you think that even our storage layer deserves to be fully and efficiently utilized?

Yes! If we can do that, we would have icing on the cake.

How can one have the storage layer virtualized along with their associated compute and networking layers?

IBM PureSystems has very intelligently chosen IBM Storwize v7000 from the IBM storage portfolio, thereby leveraging all its rich and advanced features that would furthermore benefit our customers to a great extent.

Of all the rich features that IBM Storwize v7000 has, virtualization of disks play a very important role in having complete utilization of overall storage capacity. This increases performance and ensures high availability at all times.

So with IBM PureFlex system, we can now have the entire infrastructure stack virtualized and optimized to deliver the best industry performance that any application or workload may require.

Question: What would be the next step for any customer once they consolidate and optimize their IT infrastructure?

Answer: It’s time to innovate and then accelerate!

Now that you have consolidated and optimized your IT Infrastructure, it’s time to understand if there are any complexities that you see.

A few of them could be as follows:

– Multiple management consoles for every layer (server, network, storage, hypervisors).
– Multiple administration experts to manage each of these layers.
– Separate SNMP and mail alerts at every layer to report problems, if any.
– Managing and maintaining the inter-dependencies and interoperability between all these layers.

IBM Flex System Manager (FSM) can be the answer to all the above mentioned operational problems. It not only addresses the above problems but also ensures that every minute detail that is essential for managing today’s IT environment is covered. It also provides you an overall consolidated report of your systems performance, utilization and availability at all times.

FSM provides a single pane of management for multiple compute nodes (Intel+Unix), networking, storage, multiple hypervisors, operating systems, consolidated service and support console, automated call logging facility and many more.

Apart from the above mentioned capabilities, IBM Flex System Manager comes with a built-in cloud functionality called “SmartCloud Entry” that can be further leveraged and used to accelerate, automate and simplify your daily IT process and operations.

It brings automation to an extent where your operations can reduce to as low as just four clicks on the cloud management console.

Cloud has always been in every customer “wish” list and it is perceived that having it can be good yet expensive.

IBM PureSystems provides you an entire infrastructure stack with all the essentials as well as optional things that every customer would want to have. SmartCloud Entry is one such feature that can be easily deployed and used with IBM PureSystems, thereby taking your IT to the next level.

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Rizwan Naikwadi

About Rizwan Naikwadi

Rizwan is a graduate in Electronics Engineering and a post graduate in "Management Program for Executives". A campus recruited candidate by IBM, serving the organization for more than 6-years in business units like IBM Global Technology Services and IBM Systems & Technology Group. He is also an IBM Certified Specialist on IBM System Storage and IBM PureFlex Systems. Nominated as a Subject Matter Expert for IBM Storage Systems and now an active Tiger Team member for IBM PureSystems in India. Rizwan is Field Technical Sales Specialist (FTSS) for IBM Storage & IBM Pure Flex Systems. In his social life, he is very sporty, charismatic and a friendly person. He plays football and cricket for IBM in corporate tournaments. He is extremely fond of dance, music and food, likes to make friends and party with them. Follow Rizwan on Twitter @Get_2_RiZ