IBM SmartCloud Enterprise – Features and Functions

IBM SmartCloud Enterprise
•Choice of nine virtual (Intel) server configurations
•Choice of operating systems:
–Linux®; Red Hat, Novell SUSE or bring your own
–Windows Server® 2003 and 2008
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•Software image choices:
–Pick a pre-configured IBM or IBM Partner image
–Construct a Linux image in the cloud from software bundles using IBM and partner tools
–Import or copy an existing Linux image
•Options to dynamically add/delete multiple blocks of persistent storage; fixed formatted sizes or ‘raw’ blocks of any size up to 10TB.
•Object storage providing highly accessible and secure Internet file system with nearly unlimited capacity
•Virtual servers accessible directly from the Internet or isolated in virtual private network environments.
•Premium support services as a supplement to forums, with optional add-on operating system support
•Choice of six sites: US (2), Canada, Germany, Japan & Singapore with massive capacity.
•Payment options:
–Per hour usage charges for virtual servers, storage, software images, persistent storage and static IP addresses
–Full billing details downloadable from the cloud portal
•Reserved capacity package options.
•Minimal amount of instance storage (60 GB), if full instance storage isn’t necessary.
•To store data for longer periods, blocks of persistent storage are available in eight sizes: 60 GB, 256 GB, 512 GB, 1 TB, 2 TB, 4 TB, 8 TB and 10 TB.
•Object Storage: For storing unstructured data such as documents, spreadsheets, presentations, audio and visual files with one-copy or a two-copy policy for the account that provides either a 99.9% or a 99.99% availability SLA.
•Reserved IP addresses are charged on a per-hour basis.
•Recommended uses: Organizations that have a deep investment in IBM technologies, with cloud-native applications, test and development, or batch computing needs.
•Relatively low SLA, at 99.9%
•IBM provides network bandwidth for inbound and outbound data transfers between the IBM SmartCloud delivery centers and the Internet for you to access and use the services. IBM tracks and measures the amount of data transferred. Data transfer is charged for on a GB-transferred basis.
•Increased SLA from 99.5% to 99.9%
•Cloning of Windows domain controller instances
•Reliability. Around-the-clock monitoring and management of the IBM SmartCloud infrastructure with a service level agreement. Features like ‘anti-collocation’ and ‘virtual IP addressing’ help enable you to build resiliency into your cloud server environments. Backup and recovery and monitoring services are available separately.

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