IBM Flex System Solution for SmartCloud Orchestrator Reference Architecture

A draft IBM Redpaper publication

Abstract

This IBM® Redpaper™ publication provides a reference architecture for the . This cloud infrastructure solution combines the strengths of IBM Flex System, the foundation of the IBM PureSystems® family of expert-integrated systems, and IBM SmartCloud® Orchestrator, the comprehensive cloud management software that is part of the IBM SmartCloud Foundations portfolio. With this new IBM solution, customers have the tools to create and manage their own private or public clouds and build complex workflows for deployment as patterns that can be stored in a catalog for later retrieval and use.

The IBM Flex System Solution for SmartCloud Orchestrator includes these specific components:


  • IBM Flex System, a built-to-order cloud infrastructure with compute nodes (IBM Flex System x240 and IBM Flex System p260), storage (IBM Flex System V7000 Storage Node and IBM Storwize® V7000), scalable switch modules (the IBM Flex System EN4023 Scalable Switch with the associated Brocade VCS Fabric), and integrated infrastructure management and virtualization. The configuration that is described here uses the optional IBM XIV® Storage System that delivers predictable, consistent performance in high-data-growth environments.
  • IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator, a cloud management software platform that automates complex business process workflows, the provisioning of virtual resources (compute, storage, network, and workload images), and cloud user management.


IBM reference architectures identify the components and steps that are required to build and deploy specific solutions. They can be used to create comprehensive, virtually turnkey infrastructures that are built around the IBM servers, storage, and networking that they describe. The published configurations are tested and validated with the listed components, removing the guess work from establishing a quickly deployable, complex solution that uses industry-leading practices and performance optimizations. Reference architectures can also be used as guides to help fit a solution into existing environments. By varying the specified components, within limits, the solution can be tailored to meet additional needs within the client’s environment.

Table of contents

Introduction
Business problem and business value
Requirements
Architectural overview
Component model
Operational model
Deployment considerations
Appendix A: Use case details
Appendix B: Sample Bill of Materials
Resources


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Last Update
24 February 2014

Planned Publish Date
30 April 2014


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IBM Form Number
REDP-5066-00

Number of pages
42

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