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Issue Date: February 2008

SOI for SOA

1 February 2008

Fujitsu Siemens Computers has announced the first standards-based service-oriented infrastructure (SOI). FlexFrame Infrastructure is a dynamic IT platform for service-oriented architecture-based application platforms. Delivering the reliability, flexibility and virtualisation capabilities only previously available to large system customers, but at open systems price points, Fujitsu Siemens Computers claims the new FlexFrame Infrastructure redefines the rules in the data centre.
It is designed as a generic, standardised platform that supports both physical and virtual hardware resource services. FlexFrame Infrastructure will be released in several functional steps throughout 2008.
The key point of FlexFrame Infrastructure and what sets it apart is that physical and virtualised system resources can be assigned to applications with a few mouse clicks. FlexFrame is the next milestone towards the Dynamic Data Centre and it represents a new operating principle: the IT administrator defines the needed resources for a particular application which will then be allocated automatically. The complexity of managing physical and virtual resources is encapsulated in the system which enables carefree operations for the user.
FlexFrame Infrastructure simplifies the complex issue of dynamic server resource management within a data centre. As a platform for consolidation tasks it is inherently environmentally conscious and is a solution which responds the growing concerns for cost, cooling, power consumption and space management in data centres.
It was been developed on the SOI philosophy, since it takes automated dynamic resource allocation to the next level - all based on existing industry standards, in a move that will accelerate the adoption of virtualisation within data centres. It takes the risk and complexity out of service-oriented infrastructures, leaving companies free to concentrate on new enterprise applications and the benefits of SOAs.
For IT managers, meeting new and changing user demands will become as simple as 'make a wish' - a welcome respite from the shifting playing field on which most IT departments are struggling to maintain service-oriented demands, such as internal Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for system uptime. This means FlexFrame Infrastructure continually monitors system availability and provides near-instantaneous response in case of failures.
FlexFrame Infrastucture is the ideal platform to develop the IT infrastructure to the next levels.
* It is suited for consolidation tasks. Many servers are consolidated in a pool with central management of resources and high-availability.

* It makes it easy to support the dynamic shift of resources.

* And it is the foundation for service-oriented architectures on the application level. Key advantages are that server resources are pooled and shared to increase utilisation, embedded high availability for maintaining service levels and increased business agility through the easy shift of real and virtualised resources between applications.
Dieter Herzog, executive vice president Infrastructure Products at Fujitsu Siemens Computers says: "In building the FlexFrame Infrastructure, our goal was to base complete service-oriented IT infrastructure for enterprise applications on industry-standard architectures. FlexFrame Infrastructure is an application-agnostic out-of-the-box approach. Customers can embrace virtualisation and reap the benefits of a truly dynamic IT infrastructure, without risk and without any downtime, simply by adapting their present-day infrastructures."
Dieter Herzog, executive vice president Infrastructure Products at Fujitsu Siemens Computers
Dieter Herzog, executive vice president Infrastructure Products at Fujitsu Siemens Computers
Built on standard PRIMERGY BX Blade Servers from Fujitsu Siemens Computers and running independently of operating systems and applications, FlexFrame Infrastructure adds a software layer, the ServerView PAN Manager that takes full control of industry-standard server, virtualised servers and I/O resources. ServerView PAN Manager provides a new level of intelligence for FlexFrame Infrastructure which ensures that all servers within the fully-virtualised environment are always running at optimal performance levels. And thanks to I/O-level virtualisation capabilities, these can be adjusted on-the-fly. This involves adding a layer between network connection points by virtualising the connections which is handled by the ServerView Virtual I/O manager (VIOM). As a result, workloads can easily be moved from one server to another without having to navigate SAN/LAN addressing issues. I/O virtualisation avoids compatibility problems with existing network equipment and means that network administrators do not have to manage changes within the servers.
Furthermore, the new solution is agnostic of applications and base operating system as well as fully compatible with all available Hypervisor-level operating systems from vendors such as VMware and Xen.
ServerView PAN Manager is built on Egenera PAN Manager software which has recently be released by the US-based technology company to other hardware vendors.
For more information contact Gareth Hale, product manager, +27 (0)11 545 2000, gareth.hale@fujitsu-siemens.com


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