IBM SmartCloud Provisioning – Try today!
IBM® SmartCloud Provisioning is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering that delivers computer infrastructure as a service by providing on-demand access to virtual machines and storage in the network. SmartCloud Provisioning is designed to deliver cloud services with high scalability and with very little human intervention. With this product, users can perform:
- Provisioning and deprovisioning of virtual machines.
- Image management.
- Network and storage services.
A major business requirement in cloud environments is that they must be able to support extensive scalability at an acceptable
and competitive cost. Most cloud projects are expected to be able to support thousands of concurrently active virtual machines
with quick provisioning times and reasonable performances. The cost of managing a very large number of servers using
traditional management approaches would be prohibitive, therefore different approaches must be devised. The basic characteristics of the SmartCloud Provisioning solution are:
High scale – SmartCloud Provisioning is extremely fast because it uses peer-to-peer parallel and distributed techniques. It allows multiple provisioning tasks to occur in parallel so that it is able to manage thousands of servers. It can deploy thousands of virtual machines in an hour and a single deployment in few minutes.
Low touch – SmartCloud Provisioning minimizes the use of centralized command and control in favor of scale out management. The endpoints participate in the management activities and do not depend on a single configuration management database.
By implementing this model, SmartCloud Provisioning also provides automatic recovery and high tolerance to failures in
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