Blog November 15, 2013

Forget the Advil, Relieve That Headache with a PureFlex and an AIX/IBM i Cloud

Running IBM i/AIX environments can prove to be extremely challenging nowadays. The hardware may be pricey, experienced engineers are hard to come by, and the maintenance is no cake walk. With IBM’s Pureflex (Pure) system and Connectria’s IBM i/AIX Cloud solution you can get rid of that headache and make this process much more manageable.

Utilizing IBM’s PureFlex System, customers can now have multiple environments such as IBM i and AIX on a single compute node. Within dedicated customer environments Connectria offers the capability of having not just IBM i/AIX, but also Windows and Linux platforms on the same node.

These improved capabilities translate to real benefits for our customers-

  • Easier management– have only one chassis for multiple environments simplifies management and frees up IT for more strategic tasks
  • Cost reduction–  customers can now buy compute on a “pay as you go” basis as oppose to one dedicated server for iSeries and one for AIX
  • Scalability– enterprises can scale up and down along with business needs/demand with the cloud solution
  • Replication software- We now have the capability of doing SAN to SAN replication on our cloud instead of more expensive server based replication methods. The IBM V7000 SAN array is connected to the iSeries and AIX Cloud for a more cost effective and simple replication process between our state of the art data centers.

Pricing depends on amount of storage, the amount of RAM, number of cores, and CPW. Once we have that information we can provide our customers with a small piece of shared infrastructure in the cloud. In many cases, it is more cost effective than having the more traditional dedicated hardware.

One of our customers in the publishing industry has highly variable seasonal compute needs during the year. As schools go into their first semester, demand is high, thus their IBM i/AIX environment is scaled up to 2 cores, 10,000 CPW and increased disk storage. As the demand decreases over January-July things are scaled down to half of a core, with the customer not having to pay for all that unutilized capacity.

Running multiple operating systems on one chassis and only paying for what you use is a win-win. If you are interested in more information on the IBM Pureflex system or Connectria’s IBM i Cloud/ AIX Cloud solutions please don’t hesitate to reach out us.

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