Today, IBM is delivering the IBM Tivoli® Orchestrator and IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager products, which are a key element in a new product family that includes IBM software, hardware, services, and IBM Global Services' intellectual capital, code-named "Project Symphony." Project Symphony offers a spectrum of value to our customers — allowing them to acquire on demand technology in the way that best suits their needs.
Increasing utilization directly tied to business results
Orchestration allows companies to manipulate their IT environment in real time — according to defined business policies — to achieve desired business goals. Orchestration does this by sensing (autonomic technology!) an increase in the demand for resources and automatically taking action to re-allocate resources accordingly, and by provisioning resources throughout the entire system — hardware, software, applications, etc. By dynamically allocating capacity to applications that require it, it improves utilization of underutilized computing systems without investing in additional capacity, and helps companies' systems "sense and respond" to disruption or threats before they occur. In the future, orchestration of security, availability, and optimization will be used.
Recognizing the problems you can help solve with orchestration:
Delivering customer benefits from orchestration
Tested in real life, serving up for the USTA
Using IBM policy-based orchestration, customers like the United States Tennis Association (USTA) are able to define their own business priorities to anticipate and meet demand peaks and service levels using the infrastructure that they already have. IBM Tivoli Intelligent Orchestrator helped the U.S. Open to allocate the right resources to the right processes at the right time, avoiding underutilization of expensive resources. And handling the spikes in demand from over 12 million fans checking on the Web site!
Specifically, the U.S. Open used IBM Tivoli Intelligent Orchestrator, during peak match times, to orchestrate the provisioning of all systems resources to the U.S. Open Web applications. At non-peak times, the excess Web capacity was dynamically "re-provisioned" to advance life science research in order to execute protein folding calculations — this, in an effort to help find a cure for cancer. This capability helped USTA officials focus on the servers that matter most to their business: the ones on the court rather than the ones running their Web infrastructure.