The IBM Grid and Grow Express™ Implementation solution is designed to help you improve the performance of critical applications and to provide a rapid, cost-effective, reduced-risk introduction to grid technologies. By combining in a single offering the hardware, software and services necessary to deploy a grid environment, the solution helps you quickly gain the benefits of the grid to solve immediate challenges - while establishing a solid foundation for future growth.
A confident introduction to grid technologies
If you have complex applications with serious number-crunching processing demands, you know how important those applications are to your business. You probably devote considerable time and money to keeping the infrastructure behind the application up and running. And when processing demands exceed your infrastructure's capacity, you probably do what most businesses do - add more servers. But adding servers means adding to your infrastructure's cost and complexity.
Grid computing virtualises a pool of servers and - using the collective processors, memory and data storage of those servers - significantly speeds application processing and, by extension, improves application performance. Grid computing ensures that appropriate resources are available as the demand for processing fluctuates, and it improves overall application resiliency. Though relatively simple in concept, building a grid infrastructure can present challenges to even the most capable IT organisation.
The IBM Grid and Grow Express Implementation solution offers businesses facing application performance issues the opportunity to make a measured, yet confident, entry into grid computing. IBM Grid and Grow Express Implementation is a hardware, software and services solution designed to allow clients to quickly deploy a grid computing infrastructure to achieve improved application performance, flexibility and resiliency in support of business objectives.
The IBM Grid and Grow Express Implementation solution includes:
The solution does not include installation of the client application on the grid; that is available as an additional service.
Specific services included in the solution:
An investment designed to grow with you
We know that you need to make smart technology investments, ones that won't paint you into a corner. That is why the "grow" features of the IBM Grid and Grow solution are so compelling. The expandable hardware capabilities of the BladeCenter chassis allow you to expand your grid rapidly if necessary. And the Linux operating systems that are available with the solution can also support strategic IT directives to utilise open-source technologies. Once you've established a grid environment - and have soaked up IBM's industry-leading grid knowledge - you can grow your grid to extend its capabilities across geographies and organisational boundaries.