IBM opens on-demand center near D.C.

IBM opens on-demand center near D.C.

IBM Corp. today launched a Tivoli orchestration and provisioning laboratory at its Washington Systems Center in Gaithersburg, Md., where agencies can test designs for on-demand and Web services.

'We have been benchmarking federal systems in Gaithersburg for about 25 years,' primarily high-end enterprise systems, said Brian Sanchez, IBM's director of Americas advanced technical support. 'Several months ago, we decided to step up beyond benchmarking to on-demand proof of concept and technology. Users can kick the tires.'

He said groups of five to 10 agency IT staff members can bring in their data and the applications they want to test. A free, three-day class teaches them how to balance servers and software under sudden peak loads, for example.

Users in other areas can take the proof-of-technology classes remotely at 22 IBM sites. The classes cover:

  • Event-based, automatic deployment of backup servers using Tivoli provisioning tools

  • Server reallocation between pools

  • Capacity-on-demand orchestration.

About two-thirds of the class time involves hands-on work in the lab. 'We prove a concept works'narrow it down to the most important elements and demonstrate it,' Sanchez said. 'Then the users can go back knowing it will meet their needs.'

For more information, contact IBM's Lou Vitale at 215-525-2446 or e-mail him.

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