Wednesday, November 18, 2009

WebSphere Hypervisor Edition for AIX gets a date

Yesterday, IBM announced the dates for the WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for AIX.

Borrowing from the announce letter:

  • Adds support for PowerVM hypervisor

  • Optimizes WebSphere Application Server for virtualized environments enabling higher hardware utilization, while allowing you to spend less time on installation and configuration, and more time on strategic initiatives

  • Manages installation and deployment of WebSphere Application Server and associated operating system in conjunction with WebSphere CloudBurst

The WebSphere Hyper Visor Edition for AIX will be available November 25th. The WebSphere Cloudburst appliance will ship preloaded with this support on January 29th, 2010.

We haven't talked much about Hypervisor Edition or Cloudburst on this blog. Anyone interested in us talking more about the benefits and typical uses of this technology? The net, net of Hypervisor Edition is its a packaging vehicle of the application server environments for virtualized environments (doing the things you'd want a virtualized image to do correctly) that works with (or without) the CloudBurst appliance that deploys such environments to your private clouds used in testing and production.


Anonymous said...

Interesting. Can you elaborate on the differences between the Hypervision version and the standard version? what does it mean "optimized" for virtualization?

Rohith Ashok said...

The Hypervisor Edition is a build of WebSphere ND combined with IHS and Feature Packs. It comes prepackaged as an OVA ready to be deployed via the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance. This allows you to get a WebSphere node running in about 30 minutes. The package includes the OS (AIX 6.1.3), IHS, and all feature packs publicly available at the time of shipping.

In terms of capabilities, the Hypervisor Edition is build on ND so it retains all of those capabilities. On starting the OS and WebSphere auto tune for the amount of memory and CPU the LPAR is allocated.