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Effectively Manage Virtualization to Fully Realize the Benefits

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Published on Oct 28, 2009

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Jennifer Kuvlesky, of IBM, speaks about role of virtualization in a dynamic infrastructure. Customers can use virtualization to optimize workloads and automate processes and provisioning with service management. Recent analyst reports indicate that when businesses add service management to virtualization, the benefits achieved from the virtualization project are significantly improved. And the automation aspect of service management is key - through workload automation and self-service provisioning.

Jennifer Kuvlesky. Im the Product Manager for Management Edition for AIX.

The role of virtualization in a dynamic infrastructure is that it optimizes the infrastructure layer, so what that means is youre able to rapidly scale out, youre able to more--make more efficient use of your resources. So we see customers starting with virtualization as a starting point. As they move along their journey, however, they can use virtualization to optimize workloads, to rapidly scale out, to--service management is used to automate processes, provisioning. And then as customers move along the journey, theyre able to exploit virtualization capabilities, so theyre able to do workflow automation, self-service provisioning, able to automate the charge-back of the resource to the end user.

Well, once theyve consolidated and virtualized, theyve got this new environment to manage, and a lot of times the tools that they have to manage that environment arent virtual-aware, and so the challenges that they have is seeing into those virtual environments, so the LPARs, the workload partitions, and understanding the utilization, the reason why they purchased virtualization capabilities in the first place. Secondly, virtual server sprawl is a big issue with virtualization, so getting a handle on that is another challenge. And then the third aspect really is the people aspect, their application owners and administrators. They want to be sure that they are getting the CPU and memory and all of that good stuff that they had in the physical environment, they want to make sure that their SLAs are being met in the virtual environment.

Service management provides visibility, control, and automation into the virtualized environment and is necessary to achieve some of the goals that we set out when we first start to virtualize in the first place, like reducing hardware costs, power costs, and things like that. IBM is the only software provider that provides service management capabilities specifically for the AIX power platform,

Recent analyst reports indicate that when you take virtualization and you add service management to it, the benefits you achieve from your virtualization project are significantly improved. Heres an example. The average server utilization is 20 percent. When you add virtualization, that raises that to 40 to 50 percent. When we add service management, that increases that utilization level to 80 to 90 percent. Thats huge cost savings for the business.

The benefit is that customers can proactively procure resources or they can make planning decisions in advance, having that information.

One of our customers, by understanding usage patterns, was able to defer hardware purchases 50 percent of the time, because as customers would come and ask for additional capacity, they could provide the data that showed that they did not need additional capacity.

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