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IBM takes steps towards on-demand vision

IBM has rolled out an IT service which helps corporate users remotely automate and manage datacentres made up of a patchwork of different platforms.

The service is centred around the company's Universal Management Infrastructure (UMI), created by the IBM Global Services e-Technology Centre. It is an IT-oriented framework which enables IBM to help corporate users to create a more flexible business that allocates IT resources as needed.

"This is delivering on that promise our chairman [Sam Palmisano] made in October 2002 regarding the infrastructure level. This will go a long way for those users who want help in managing their own environment based around UMI," said Dev Mukherjee, vice-president of marketing and strategy for e-Business On Demand in IBM's Global Services unit.

One example of how the service helps users respond faster to changing business needs, it has a "sense-and-response" feature server and storage provisioning capabilities that can increase or decrease computing capacity in real time, as the situation dictates.

"A fact of life is users have all these islands of infrastructure. With this service we can go in and look at their existing  infrastructure, do an assessment and offer them guidance where they can be more efficient within that infrastructure. It will not be a rip and replace strategy, but [it will be] building upon what users already have," said Mukherjee.

The service also includes Infrastructure Management Assessment Service, which evaluates not just individual components but the architecture they are attached to, and the Tivoli Intelligent Orchestrator, which senses where resources are needed and then helps deploy them there.

Users can get more information about the latest services at www.ibm.com/services.

Ed Scannell writes for InfoWorld


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