IBM Flex System Solution for SmartCloud Orchestrator Reference Architecture

A draft IBM Redpaper publication


This document provides a reference architecture for the IBM Flex System Solution for SmartCloud Orchestrator. This new cloud infrastructure solution combines the strengths of IBM Flex System, the foundation of the IBM PureSystem 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 Flex System Solution for SmartCloud Orchestrator includes these components:

* IBM Flex System, a built-to-order cloud infrastructure with compute nodes (Flex System x240 and Flex System p260), storage (Flex System V7000 Storage Node and Storwize V7000), scalable switch modules (the Flex System EN4023 Scalable Switch with associated Brocade VCS Fabric), and integrated infrastructure management and virtualization. The configuration 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 required to build and deploy specific solutions and can be used to create comprehensive, virtually turnkey infrastructures that are built around the IBM servers, storage, and networking they describe. The published configuration has been tested and validated with the listed components.

Table of contents

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


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Last Update
24 February 2014

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30 April 2014

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