|By Nitin Gaur||
|October 28, 2009 09:00 PM EDT||
What is a cloud computing platform? Is it simply automated provisioning systems coupled with a resource virtualization, where the workload is policy driven, and resources over committed and any resource contention handled by policy driven resolution? As it turns out technologies that provide provisioning, virtualization and policy enforcement form the building blocks of a true cloud computing platform, but not any one technology is a cloud offering in and of it self. IBM’s CloudBurst family attempts to provide a single cloud solution with an appliance form factor. This paper will discuss, and draw differences between IBM CloudBurst and WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance (WCA).
So why an appliance? An appliance is generally considered a computing device with specific function and limited configuration capability. An appliance delivers the hardware and all the requisite software in one package, ready for use with minimal configuration. The appeal of an appliance is in its simplicity and ease of use. Both of the IBM cloud offerings, IBM CloudBurst and WCA embarks upon the notion of simplicity and provide an appliance which is purposeful and self contained. While these two offerings are distinct and have a specific role in enterprise cloud environments, together they aim to fit in any enterprise class cloud environment.
What Is IBM CloudBurst
IBM CloudBurst, a family of pre-integrated service delivery platforms that include the hardware, storage, networking, virtualization and service management software to create a private cloud environment, transform data centre, and build dynamic infrastructures that deliver new levels of service at reduced cost.IBM CloudBurst provides both the deployment and management of WebSphere-based applications, and also provides the compute resources in an integrated physical rack(s). It is essentially a pre-packaged cloud infrastructure offering that integrates all the essentials of a cloud computing platform such as a virtualized deployment and provisioning environment, store, networking and service management systems. The core intent of IBM CloudBurst offering is to reduce complexity of private cloud infrastructure set up by pre-installing, pre-configuring the right software solutions. As a single cloud entity IBM CloudBurst provides an expandable framework to host applications and services.
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