Today, the line between scale-up and scale-out servers is blurring. Multicore processors allow all servers to run scale-up
workloads to some extent. At the same time, scale-up servers can run multiple virtualized scale-out workloads.
Performance becomes about utilization through virtualization, which is crucial to unlocking the value of multicore
processors. It's an intelligent sharing of computing, storage or information resources across different disciplines and
departments in your organization. System resources are gathered into one pool—and can be allocated dynamically as
needed—so servers and storage resources can be utilized more efficiently.
As a result of virtualization, the focus of high-end scalable x86 systems has shifted from a hardware-centric view to one of
flexibility and cost-per-virtual-machine. Running 20 or 50 or 100 applications on the same server instead of one task per
server is more cost-effective. And it allows the applications to share a dynamically allocated pool of common system
resources for improved efficiency.
Businesses of all sizes continue to struggle with the overwhelming complexity created by the rapid growth of their IT
environments. A business's increasing IT demands may appear to be a never-ending and costly spiral:
As the business grows, more computing power is required
Installation and maintenance costs and data center complexity increase as more servers are added
Deployment of additional servers and applications may require additional IT personnel
Virtualization is the process of presenting computing resources in ways that allow for more productive IT, and IT that is
more responsive to business goals. Previously, resources were presented only in the ways dictated by their
implementation, geographic location or physical packaging. The move toward virtualization helps to improve resource
utilization and simplify IT management.
Because Virtualization is a more effective way to run IT, it is IBM's view that soon virtualization will be utilized across all
environments, at all levels of server and storage implementation. Our servers, from entry level to high end to blades, are
designed to be optimized for virtualization. For example, BladeCenter, with its modular design, provides you with an
extremely flexible solution for virtualization and scale-out growth—supporting multiple processors, operating systems and
switches all in the same chassis.
With one hardware platform, you can run your heterogeneous interactive business applications by day and your
maintenance, inventory or computational programs at night. With our portfolio of System x
your virtualization needs are covered, whether scale-up or scale-out.
IBM Virtual Client
With IBM's Virtual Client solution, users are able to enjoy all of the benefits and personal control of a stand-alone
desktop—functionality including print capabilities, USB drive support, and audio—while reducing many of the challenges
related to current stand-alone desktop environments. These include limiting susceptibility to theft and viruses, ease of
deployment of new users, extended downtime during a hard drive failure, or having to rebuild their preferences and
settings after each client "refresh."
Receive highly secure access to your desktop from virtually any client device at any time.
Centralize management of all desktops for better utilization of resources.
Simplify infrastructure—now and into the future—with System x and BladeCenter architecture technology.
Help lower costs with fewer IT staff; application and data are managed centrally.
IBM's Virtual Client solution runs desktop functions on BladeCenter or System x servers in a data center—providing users
with remote access to the desktop environment. A full-featured OS such as Windows XP is virtualized using VMware
software and accessed via thin client hardware devices or repurposed desktops. Connection broker software connects
users to their virtual client machines on the server. While the end user benefits from retaining control over their desktop
environment, companies benefit from the cost and management advantages of a centralized computing environment.
Virtual Client practically eliminates desk side support resources and is designed to provide much improved levels of
security and reliability.
The IBM Virtual Client solution offers companies large and small the capability to improve client efficiency and security for:
The IBM Virtual Client solution is competitively priced with traditional desktop deployments and can be economically
deployed for as few as 25 users.
The IBM virtual client solution runs desktop functions on a BladeCenter or System x server in a data center-providing
users with remote access to the desktop environment. The solution is designed to eliminate the traditional desktop
replacement cycle, enhance system security and availability and improve administrative efficiency.
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