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Track your development and integration efforts with IBM Rational Application Lifecycle Management
Application Platform

Solution Guide, published 13 Oct 2014

Your integration environment plays a key role in allowing solution components to communicate using their native mechanisms and protocols. The business scenario in this Solution Guide is an example of the variety of technologies that can be used for integration. The modern IT world shows a rapid change in application integration and systems development. With this rapid change, organizations have to shorten delivery times, reduce the cost of software and mobile application development, and maintain the quality of product offerings. Although these objectives are occasionally conflicting, each ... [more]


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IBM Platform Computing Solutions Reference Architectures and Best Practices
Spectrum Computing

Redbooks, published 16 Apr 2014, last updated 30 Sep 2014

This IBM® Redbooks® publication demonstrates and documents that the combination of IBM System x®, IBM GPFS™, IBM GPFS-FPO, IBM Platform Symphony®, IBM Platform HPC, IBM Platform LSF®, IBM Platform Cluster Manager Standard Edition, and IBM Platform Cluster Manager Advanced Edition deliver significant value to clients in need of cost-effective, highly scalable, and robust solutions. IBM depth of solutions can help the clients plan a foundation to face challenges in how to manage, maintain, enhance, and provision computing environments to, for example, analyze the growing volumes of data ... [more]


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Always On: Assess, Design, Implement, and Manage Continuous Availability
Application Platform

Redpaper, published 16 Jul 2014

Continuous availability’s principles encompass the ability to transparently withstand component failures, the ability to introduce changes nondisruptively, and the ability to withstand a catastrophe transparently or nearly transparently. In this IBM® Redpaper™ publication, we describe methods to assess, design, implement, and manage continuous operations and continuous availability so that the reader can understand the principles and apply them to their availability evolution ... [more]


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Always On: Business Considerations for Continuous Availability
Application Platform

Redguide, published 25 Apr 2014, last updated 14 Jul 2014

In 2013, IBM® conducted an IBM Academy of Technology initiative in which we reviewed the end-to-end aspects of continuous availability (governance, technological advancements, architectural patterns, design and operational practices). We identified specific business requirements that mandate continuous availability and also found organizations that have continuous availability as part of their DNA. However, most organizations have invested in high availability or disaster recovery but not in continuous availability. For these organizations, continuous availability might not be a requirement ... [more]


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Cloud Computing Patterns of Expertise
Application Platform

Redpaper, published 7 Jan 2014, last updated 18 Jun 2014

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication explains the business and technical value of emerging patterns of expertise in cloud computing, with specific applicability to IBM PureApplication™ System, IBM Workload Deployer, IBM SmartCloud® Orchestrator, and IBM SmartCloud Application Services. It explains how patterns help companies use the different cloud environments that IBM offers. Also included are some preferred practices for helping to ensure pattern portability. The pattern-based approach is a response to the need to reduce complexity in IT environments, where various skills are required to ... [more]


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IBM PureApplication System Best Practices
Application Platform

Redbooks, published 4 Feb 2014

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes IBM PureApplication™ System preferred practices that are based on IBM client and Business Partner experience. It explains how PureApplication System enables industries to consolidate workloads, increase efficiency, automate routine processes, reduce costs, and become more agile to respond to continually changing business needs. This book is particularly useful to solution specialists, system or software architects, and the IT teams who implement PureApplication System cloud ... [more]


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Elastic Caching with IBM WebSphere eXtreme Scale
Application Platform

Solution Guide, published 19 Dec 2013

IBM® WebSphere® eXtreme Scale provides a solution to scalability issues through caching and grid technology. It provides an enhanced quality of service (QoS) in high performance computing environments. This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide introduces WebSphere eXtreme Scale and provides an introduction to its features, benefits, and architecture. This information is intended for architects and implementers who want to implement WebSphere eXtreme Scale solution and need to understand the business value of using WebSphere eXtreme ... [more]


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Adopting IBM PureApplication System V1.0
Application Platform

Redbooks, published 6 May 2013, last updated 11 Dec 2013

This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces users to the concepts of the IBM PureApplication™ System V1.0. This book covers the most common problems, solutions, best practices, and use cases about adopting the IBM PureApplication System V1.0. The target audience for this book is anyone from the IT industry who wants to acquire a better understanding of IBM PureApplication System, including technical consultants, business partners, and independent software vendors who are considering migrating to a cloud computing solution. This book also is applicable to system administrators, middleware ... [more]


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Patterns for Cloud Computing
Application Platform

Solution Guide, published 6 Nov 2013

This IBM® Redbooks® Solution Guide explains the business and technical value of emerging patterns of expertise in cloud computing, with specific applicability to IBM PureApplication™ System, IBM Workload Deployer, IBM SmartCloud® Orchestrator, and IBM SmartCloud Application Services. It explains how patterns help companies use the different cloud environments that IBM offers.


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Platform-as-a-Service: An IBM Perspective
Application Platform

Point-of-View, published 30 Oct 2013

Using a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) model lets your organization standardize processes, lower costs, and realize faster time to value. An end-to-end PaaS environment can provide the following key advantages:
- Reduce lead time for launching new applications.
- Provide flexibility to support both cloud-centric or cloud-enabled workloads.
- Enable developers to easily build, deploy, and manage cloud applications while using services and frameworks that are available in a cloud environment.
- Capture changing trends in elastic cloud environment.
- Take advantage ... [more]


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WebSphere eXtreme Scale v8.6 Key Concepts and Usage Scenarios
Application Platform

Redbooks, published 24 Sep 2013

IBM WebSphere® eXtreme Scale provides a solution to scalability issues through caching and grid technology. It provides an enhanced quality of service in high performance computing environments. This IBM® Redbooks® publication introduces WebSphere eXtreme Scale and shows how to set up and use an eXtreme Scale environment. It begins with a discussion of the issues that would lead you to an eXtreme Scale solution. It then describes the architecture of eXtreme Scale to help you understand how the product works. It provides information about potential grid topologies, the APIs used by ... [more]


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Overview of IBM PureSystems
Flex System

Web Doc, published 13 Apr 2012, last updated 20 Sep 2013

During the last 100 years, information technology has moved from a specialized tool to a pervasive influence on nearly every aspect of life. From tabulating machines that simply counted with mechanical switches or vacuum tubes to the first programmable computers, IBM® has been a part of this growth, while always helping customers to solve problems. IT is a constant part of business and of our lives. IBM expertise in delivering IT solutions has helped the planet become smarter. As organizational leaders seek to extract more real value from their data, business processes, and other key ... [more]


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Platform as a Service with IBM PureApplication System
Application Platform

Solution Guide, published 29 Aug 2013

Through an integrated system of hardware and software, IBM® PureApplication™ System provides a single interface to control the platform and infrastructure elements. This interface adds further value to the software patterns concept by managing all of the underlying hardware infrastructure components when deploying applications in a private cloud environment. PureApplication System is also a consolidation platform with the capacity to support multiple Platform as a Service (PaaS) instances that host various enterprise applications. This IBM Redbooks® Solution Guide describes the ... [more]


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Creating Composite Application Pattern Models for IBM PureApplication System
Application Platform

Redbooks, published 22 Aug 2013

This IBM® Redbooks® publication describes how IBM PureApplication™ System supports the creation of virtual systems and virtual applications. PureApplication System does so using a pattern model that enables you to take advantage of predefined, pre-configured, and proven middleware topologies and deployments. This book also presents an abstraction level that focuses on functional capabilities and applications, completely encapsulating the underlying middleware. It describes in detail the model and the associated frameworks in PureApplication System, as well as a methodology and approach ... [more]


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Smart Virtual Appliances Made Easy with IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool
Application Platform

Solution Guide, published 19 Aug 2013

In a traditional deployment model, software is installed on physical servers and it is configured for a particular data center environment. Deploying a business solution or provisioning a server to perform quality assurance testing can take days or weeks. Cloud deployment models shorten the deployment time, but they require making the operating system, middleware software, and application deployment independent of a specific hardware configuration. A smooth transition from traditional to cloud deployment models can be achieved by packaging the software stacks into industry standard virtual ... [more]


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Increasing Resiliency for IBM WebSphere Application Server Deployments
Application Platform

Redpaper, published 19 Aug 2013

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication explains information technology (IT) practices that can interfere with IBM WebSphere® Application Server deployments. These practices were observed by the IBM WebSphere Application Server SWAT team while assisting IBM clients in recent engagements. This paper provides examples that can give a better understanding of how and why these issues can occur and explains possible solutions. Understanding these practices can help provide increased resiliency for WebSphere Application Server deployments. The intended audience for this paper includes IT and system ... [more]


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WebSphere Application Server V8.5 Administration and Configuration Guide for the Full Profile
Application Platform

Redbooks, published 19 Jul 2013, last updated 15 Aug 2013

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides system administrators and developers with the knowledge to configure an IBM WebSphere® Application Server Version 8.5 runtime environment, to package and deploy applications, and to perform ongoing management of the WebSphere environment. As one in a series of IBM Redbooks publications and IBM Redpapers™ publications for V8.5, the entire series is designed to give you in-depth information about key WebSphere Application Server features. WebSphere Application Server V8.5 provides two runtime profiles. Every WebSphere Application Server package ... [more]


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WebSphere Application Server V8.5 Concepts, Planning, and Design Guide
Application Platform

Redbooks, published 1 Aug 2013

This IBM® Redbooks® publication provides information about the concepts, planning, and design of IBM WebSphere® Application Server V8.5 environments. The target audience of this book is IT architects and consultants who want more information about the planning and design of application-serving environments, from small to large, and complex implementations. This book addresses the packaging and features in WebSphere Application Server, and highlights the most common implementation topologies. It provides information about planning for specific tasks and components that conform to the ... [more]


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Creating Smart Virtual Appliances with IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool
Application Platform

Redbooks, published 24 Jul 2013

In a traditional deployment model, software is installed on a physical server, and it is configured for the particular data center environment. The cloud deployment model requires that the dependency on a specific hardware configuration is severed. This IBM® Redbooks® publication guides you through the transition from the traditional application deployment model to the cloud-friendly deployment model. It explains how to achieve these goals by packaging the software stacks into industry standard virtual appliances. A key part of this transition involves using the IBM Image Construction and ... [more]


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WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Technical Overview
Application Platform

Redpaper, published 25 Jun 2013

IBM® WebSphere® Application Server is the leading software foundation for service-oriented architecture (SOA) applications and services for your enterprise. With IBM WebSphere Application Server, you can build business-critical enterprise applications and solutions and combine them with innovative new functions. The WebSphere Application Server family includes and supports a range of products that helps you develop and serve your business applications. These products make it easier for clients to build, deploy, and manage dynamic websites and other more complex solutions productively and ... [more]


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