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IBM CloudBurst and WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance Compared

CloudBurst and WCA both provide a compelling consideration in any cloud platform strategy

What is a cloud computing platform? Is it simply automated provisioning systems coupled with a resource virtualization, where the workload is policy driven, and resources over committed and any resource contention handled by policy driven resolution? As it turns out technologies that provide provisioning, virtualization and policy enforcement form the building blocks of a true cloud computing platform, but not any one technology is a cloud offering in and of it self. IBM’s CloudBurst family attempts to provide a single cloud solution with an appliance form factor. This paper will discuss, and draw differences between IBM CloudBurst and WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance (WCA).

So why an appliance? An appliance is generally considered a computing device with specific function and limited configuration capability. An appliance delivers the hardware and all the requisite software in one package, ready for use with minimal configuration. The appeal of an appliance is in its simplicity and ease of use. Both of the IBM cloud offerings, IBM CloudBurst and WCA embarks upon the notion of simplicity and provide an appliance which is purposeful and self contained. While these two offerings are distinct and have a specific role in enterprise cloud environments, together they aim to fit in any enterprise class cloud environment.

What Is IBM CloudBurst
IBM CloudBurst, a family of pre-integrated service delivery platforms that include the hardware, storage, networking, virtualization and service management software to create a private cloud environment, transform data centre, and build dynamic infrastructures that deliver new levels of service at reduced cost.IBM CloudBurst provides both the deployment and management of WebSphere-based applications, and also provides the compute resources in an integrated physical rack(s). It is essentially a pre-packaged cloud infrastructure offering that integrates all the essentials of a cloud computing platform such as a virtualized deployment and provisioning environment, store, networking and service management systems. The core intent of IBM CloudBurst offering is to reduce complexity of private cloud infrastructure set up by pre-installing, pre-configuring the right software solutions. As a single cloud entity IBM CloudBurst provides an expandable framework to host applications and services.

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Nitin Gaur, is currently working in capacity of Senior WebSphere Consulting IT Specialist with IBMs S&D Organization. Prior to teaming with IBM S&D organization, Nitin spend several years with WebSphere OEM team, a SWG entity and AIX support – ITS/IGS entity. In his 11 years with IBM he has achieved various industry recognized certifications and enriched his career by doing more than required by the defined job responsibilities. Prior to beginning his career with IBM, he was graduate student at University of Maryland University College. Apart from excelling in his normal job responsibilities, Nitin has been involved with many on going projects at IBM Austin. To name a few, Nitin has been an active member of Austin TVC – Technical Vitality Council, an IBM Academy affiliate since 2002.

As a technical leader Nitin has been involved in various technical paper presentations in various conferences at IBM and outside. The range of the topics presented by him span from software architectures to improvement of management processes. Nitin, has been focused on staying close to customer and always attuned to their needs and problems. One of his primary job responsibilities includes positioning WebSphere infrastructure products and providing technical solution and support to field sales teams. He is relentless in researching skills and presenting the industry best practices of IT Infrastructure. Performing advance technical research and providing IBM clients with strategic solutions on WebSphere offerings is one his forte.

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