IBM positions itself as a cloud leader with a state-of-the-art data center

Published on 29-Mar-2011

"By integrating the entire system within the data center, we will improve long-term operational efficiency, main­tain availability, optimize capacity and reduce energy consumption, avoid­ing 15 percent a year in energy costs," - Steven Sams, vice president of IBM Global Technology Services – site and facilities services

Customer:
IBM Global Technology Services

Industry:
Computer Services

Deployment country:
United States

Solution:
Cloud Computing, SmartCloud - Foundation, Smarter Computing, Optimizing IT

Overview

The IBM Research Triangle Park (RTP) Leadership Data Center in North Carolina is one of the greenest, most sophisticated data centers in the world. This state-of-the-art facility is engineered to help clients from around the world operate smarter businesses, organizations and cities.

Business need:
IBM wanted to help IT professionals—who are limited by increasingly restrictive budgets—best serve the needs of their line-of-business customers and users.

Solution:
IBM deployed a flexible, cost-effective data center that supports clients’ capacity and availability needs as well as new technology and computing models, such as cloud computing.

Benefits:
The solution provides strategic outsourcing clients with a highly available, cost-effective infrastructure that helps address myriad data center problems and positions IBM as a leader in cloud-enabled data centers.

Case Study

The IBM Research Triangle Park (RTP) Leadership Data Center in North Carolina is one of the greenest, most sophisticated data centers in the world. This state-of-the-art facility is engineered to help clients from around the world operate smarter businesses, organizations and cities.

Managing today’s differing challenges and preparing for an uncertain future

IBM deployed an enterprise modular data center (EMDC), helping IBM outsourcing clients meet the conflicting pressures rampant today: how to best serve the needs of their line-of-business customers and users while remaining within increasingly restrictive budgets and challenging companywide initiatives. But IBM wanted to do more than just enable IT professionals to overcome these pressures—IBM also wanted to help them prepare for hard-to-predict future capacity requirements, which might include a capacity reduction of 50 percent or a capacity increase of more than 200 percent.


Transforming IT architecture to support a cutting-edge cloud infrastructure

IBM designed the RTP Leadership Data Center to address client demands for flexible growth and unpredictable computing needs. It planned, designed and deployed an environment to support public or private clouds, accommodating the various computing workloads of IBM clients. The data center can flexibly add capacity in a modular way, building only what IBM needs when it is needed, to support business growth. Modular design and new delivery models, such as cloud, have led to performance capabilities that surpass industry standards and deliver dramatic cost savings.


Integrating information, technology and facilities for operational insight

“When we designed the data center, we started with the philosophy that you can’t manage what you can’t measure,” says Steven Sams, vice president of IBM Global Technology Services – site and facilities services. With management being the key to operational efficiency, IBM included more than 40,000 monitoring sensors in the IT equipment, data center facilities, cooling systems, environment and other locations. IBM Tivoli® software and the building management system collect and monitor the information from these sensors.

The system is managed by IBM to provide insight into IT and data center facilities, helping IBM to improve energy management, availability and capacity planning for its clients. “By integrating the entire system within the data center, we will improve long-term operational efficiency, maintain availability, optimize capacity and reduce energy consumption, avoiding 15 percent a year in energy costs,” says Sams.


Automating system configuration for ultimate efficiency

The IT infrastructure of the RTP Leadership Data Center automatically responds to changes in demand, reducing the need for employee involvement to maintain efficient system operations. IBM software helps determine whether new processing capacity is needed to support new workload requests. Additional monitoring and simulation technology helps hardware planners determine where to add new server capacity—to help maintain peak optimization and reduce the risk of hot spots—to facilitate availability within the data center.


Building a robust and security-rich virtualization environment to support cloud computing

By integrating, automating and securing its IT infrastructure, the RTP Leadership Data Center was in prime position to implement robust virtualization technology and support cloud computing. IBM has already virtualized more than 40 percent of the private network images on distributed platforms for our global strategic outsourcing clients. This is more than double the industry average adoption rate of 18 percent, allowing IBM to reach conversion rates of 40:1 versus the industry average of about 10:1.

Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Hardware:
Storage, System x: iDataPlex

Software:
PowerVM, IBM Systems Director Active Energy Manager, IBM Systems Director Editions, Tivoli Storage Manager, Tivoli Monitoring for Energy Management, Tivoli Monitoring, Maximo Data Center Infrastructure Management, Maximo Asset Management for Energy Optimization, IBM ILOG CPLEX

Service:
GTS Integrated Technology Services, GTS ITS Site & Facilities: IT Facilities Assess/Design/Constr, GTS Strategic Outsourcing, GTS Data Center Services

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