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EMA Impact Brief
IBM SmartCloud Announcements at VMworld 2012: Management & Automation
Date: 09/21/2012 Length: 4 pages Cost: $25.00

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Abstract:
VMworld 2012 was all about the Software-Defined Datacenter, with management and automation requirements at its core. While VMware addressed management and automation from an infrastructure perspective, IBM's SmartCloud announcements were application- and business service-focused. These announcements included new capabilities for four of IBM's key offerings:

* IBM SmartCloud Provisioning
* IBM SmartCloud Cost Management
* IBM SmartCloud Application Performance Management
* IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation

IBM's SmartCloud Foundation suite of products is aimed at enabling customers to rapidly deliver, manage, and modify IT services, while at the same time optimizing storage, network, and server resources. Providing customers with business services by centrally controlling provisioning and lifecycle management, based on cost, SLA, and policy considerations, constitutes the central strong point of SmartCloud. EMA's Impact Brief on the launch of IBM SmartCloud in 2011 provides a general overview of the SmartCloud IaaS and PaaS suite, while EMA's recent white paper on how to Enhance Your VMware Environment with IBM SmartCloud focuses on how SmartCloud works with the VMware stack to offer a tightly managed and application-centric self-service cloud.

This Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) Impact Brief examines how IBM's SmartCloud-related VMworld 2012 announcements can bring organizations closer to the Software-Defined Datacenter. 
Author:

Torsten Volk, Former EMA Analyst

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