IBM today said it would introduce a program to validate the resiliency of any company delivering applications or services to clients in the cloud environment. As a result, customers can quickly and easily identify trustworthy providers that have passed a rigorous evaluation, enabling them to more quickly and confidently reap the business benefits of cloud services.
IBM To Snap Up Cross-Platform Virtualization Specialist Transitive
IBM today announced it plans to acquire Transitive Corporation, a privately held technology company headquartered in Los Gatos, California, with a research and development team in Manchester, United Kingdom. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Transitive is a leader in cross-platform virtualization and a pioneer in developing technologies that allow applications written for one type of microprocessor and operating system to run on multiple platforms — with little or no modification. As a result, the technology will enable customers to consolidate their Linux-based applications onto the IBM systems that make the most sense for their business needs.
Transitive’s technology has earned the company 48 worldwide patents and several industry awards.
This acquisition is part of IBM’s strategy to help clients optimize the efficiency and productivity of their computing infrastructure and improve the utilization of the servers that run them. With this translation technology, along with existing migration capabilities, IBM systems give businesses a faster, easier path for server consolidation to reduce operational expenses, floorspace and energy costs.
Transitive technology is currently included as part of the IBM PowerVMTM software designed to help customers consolidate their x86 Linux workloads onto IBM Systems. IBM is seeing a growing trend of customers migrating from under-utilized servers to IBM Systems, including onto mainframe and Power Systems. The company is committed to developing additional tools and solutions to make migrations even easier, while minimizing the risk and increasing the financial returns for clients as they consolidate and virtualize to achieve significant business benefit.
IBM Adds VMware Technology To Lotus Foundations
Looking to steal the limelight from this week’s official launch of Microsoft Essential Business Server, IBM Monday said it is adding VMware’s virtualization technology to its IBM Lotus Foundations hardware/software appliances, allowing customers to run Windows on the Linux-based appliances.
Lotus Foundations competes head-to-head with Microsoft’s Windows Small Business Server and Windows Essential Business Server. This week Microsoft is slated to begin shipping the new Windows Essential Business Server 2008, a pre-configured software bundle targeting mid-size companies with up to 250 PCs. It’s also expected to begin shipping Windows Small Business Server 2008, a new release of the popular package for small businesses.
IBM is adding the VMware hypervisor to the Lotus Foundations server, allowing customers to run Windows and Windows applications on the system. VMware for the Lotus Foundations servers is currently in beta testing. The Lotus Foundations servers run on an optimized version of Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 with an operating system kernel that’s less than 100 Mbytes.
Sun Microsystems Updates Solaris, ZFS
Sun Microsystems has introduced a new version of its Solaris operating system offering enhancements to virtualization support and the company’s ZFS file system. The open source version of the platform has also been demonstrated on IBM mainframes for the first time.
Available now on Sun systems and as a download, Solaris 10 10/08 includes numerous enhancements over the core Solaris 10 code. These include tighter integration of Sun’s large-scale ZFS file system, enabling systems to boot from the software and operate it as the sole file system. ZFS also now offers increased data integrity and integrated disaster recovery capabilities.
Sun has also worked with Intel to ensure that the new Solaris release is optimised for the latest Xeon processor chips as well as Sun’s own Sparc architecture.
Sun and IBM have also demonstrated OpenSolaris, the open source version of Solaris, running on an IBM System Z mainframe. The move follows a joint announcement in August that IBM was expanding support for Solaris.
Datatrend Technologies Debuts “Virtualization-In-A-Box”
Datatrend Technologies introduced a new virtualization appliance that helps clients build an affordable computing infrastructure using the IBM BladeCenter server. Datatrend made the announcement yesterday during a “Road 2 Virtualization Road Show” event hosted in Minneapolis, MN.
Datatrend has designed an all-in-one solution that comes complete with the server hardware, software, consulting services and comprehensive support needed to jumpstart a server and / or client virtualization initiative. Virtualization-in-a-Box can help clients more efficiently manage and consolidate volumes of business data with the benefits of increased security, flexibility and improved disaster recovery.
Datatrend customers will receive all of the benefits associated with a VMware Virtual Infrastructure solution, plus an easy to administer, space saving server, storage and optional client desktop solution that comes complete with higher availability, lower power & cooling costs and improved security.
Designed with the highest quality, most reliable components, Virtualization-in-a-Box is built on the IBM BladeCenter, the industry leading solution for running business-critical workloads. Integrated with the BladeCenter hardware is VMware VI3 plus other virtual enablement tools which provide increased server utilization, along with improved performance, increased security, and reduced cost and complexity.
This solution can scale up to 190 virtual servers (or even more clients) all in one box and comes pre-configured with 1.8 TB of virtualized storage with room to expand up to 3.6 TB. The Datatrend solution makes virtualization easy, and is pre-packaged with server consolidation & training services and three years of support and maintenance.
The solution comes preconfigured, tested and validated making it an ideal solution for customers looking to standardize hardware platforms and simplify the roll-out process across many distributed locations. The all-in-one design is also a great fit for small-and-medium-sized businesses looking to virtualize smaller server environments or add storage capacity where space is limited.
IBM Expands Storage Virtualization for SMBs
IBM today announced its storage virtualization software will be packaged for small and medium sized (SMB) businesses, one of the faster growing parts of the storage marketplace.