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Building an On Demand Computing Environment with IBM: How to Optimize Your Current Infrastructure for Today and Tomorrow

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In October 2002, IBM launched a new corporate-wide strategy called e-business on demand. Since then, every IBM product line and service offering has been steadily infused with the technology and function necessary to support the on demand business model. In this MaxFacts Guidebook, popular technology author Jim Hoskins starts by describing the three components of the on demand business model so you can see the big picture and understand how your business can benefit. He then moves in for a closer look at the ...
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Overview

In October 2002, IBM launched a new corporate-wide strategy called e-business on demand. Since then, every IBM product line and service offering has been steadily infused with the technology and function necessary to support the on demand business model. In this MaxFacts Guidebook, popular technology author Jim Hoskins starts by describing the three components of the on demand business model so you can see the big picture and understand how your business can benefit. He then moves in for a closer look at the computing infrastructure necessary to support the on demand business model. You will come away with a new understanding of how you can evolve your current computing infrastructure to achieve the flexibility vital to the on demand business era. Building an On Demand Computing Environment with IBM presents an overview of key building-block product lines such as IBM server systems, TotalStorage, Infoprint printers, WebSphere, DB2, Tivoli, and Linux from an on demand perspective. You will learn how autonomic computing can help your infrastructure automatically "sense and respond" to changing conditions so that things keep running smoothly. You will see how virtualization techniques can be leveraged to improve utilization and reduce costs. You will see how to evolve your infrastructure towards the goal of end-to-end integration by leveraging hardware and software that adheres to open standards. The description of IBM Get Ready and Get Started offerings will help you get started on your journey to becoming an on demand business. To help you stay current, this book provides you with a personal password for accessing the companion Web site which offers up-to-the-minute on demand news, "More on the Web" links, and additional resources.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931644112
  • Publisher: Maximum Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Series: MaxFacts Guidebook series
  • Edition description: Companion Web Site Information
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Jim Hoskins is a former IBM design engineer and has sold more than 350,000 copies of his Exploring IBM series of books. He lives in Gulf Breeze, Florida.
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Table of Contents

Introduction x
About This MaxFacts Guidebook x
About the "More On The Web" Boxes x
Your "Members Only" Web Site xi
Reader Feedback xii
Chapter 1 The On Demand Journey 1
What Is An On Demand Business? 1
Responsive 3
Variable 3
Focused 3
Resilient 3
Becoming an On Demand Business 4
A Journey, Not a Destination 4
Business Transformation 5
Operating Environment 7
Integrated 8
Open 9
Virtualized 10
Autonomic 11
Flexible Financial and Delivery Methods 12
The Value Cycle 16
Building Blocks and Beyond 18
Chapter 2 Server and Software Building Blocks 19
IBM eServer Systems 19
The Overall eServer Strategy 19
Application Flexibility 20
Technology Leverage 21
Risk Mitigation 21
Infrastructure Efficiency 22
Common Function 23
SMP Implementation 23
Dynamic LPAR 25
Capacity on Demand 26
Linux 28
IBM eServer Product Lines 30
Blade Servers 31
zSeries 34
zSeries at a Glance 35
zSeries Operating Systems 40
xSeries 44
xSeries at a Glance 44
Windows and Linux 48
iSeries 49
iSeries at a Glance 50
OS/400 and Linux 53
Windows Integration 56
pSeries 58
pSeries at a Glance 59
AIX and Linux 62
Clusters 63
One Size Does Not Fit All 65
Software Foundations 66
Tivoli 67
WebSphere 69
DB2 71
Lotus 73
Chapter 3 Storage and Printer Building Blocks 75
Storage 75
The Storage Management Challenge 76
Disk Storage 77
Midrange Disk (FAStT) 78
Enterprise Disk (ESS) 79
Storage Networking 81
Storage Area Networks (SANs) 81
Storage Virtualization Family 82
Tape Storage 84
Midrange Tape (LTO Tape Storage) 84
Enterprise Tape (3590 Tape Subsystem) 85
Whirlpool--A Tale of Storage Consolidation 87
Printing Systems 89
Chapter 4 Operating Environment Roadmaps and Offerings 94
Get Ready Offerings 94
Roadmaps and Get Started Offerings 95
Integration--Creating Flexibility 97
The Integration Roadmap 97
Get Started Offering--Business Integration 98
Virtualization--Improving Utilization 100
The Virtualization Roadmap 102
Get Started Offering--Entry Virtualization Server 103
Automation--Increasing Responsiveness 104
The Automation Roadmap 106
Get Started Offering--Web Server Provisioning 108
The Journey Begins 109
About the Author 111
Appendix A More On The Web 112
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