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IBM & SAP Demo Load Balancing in the Cloud

It's targeted at service providers that will need to compete on performance and quality of service

SAP and IBM have been showing off the live migration of SAP applications across remote IBM Power6 systems via the cloud, a bit of widgetry developed at IBM'S Research Lab in Haifa as part of the European Union-funded RESERVOIR cloud computing project.

When workloads change, the technology automatically balances resource utilization and power consumption. It's apparently done by "evacuating and turning off under-utilized servers (and possibly whole data centers) when demand drops and powering on idle servers when load increases."

It's targeted at service providers that will need to compete on performance and quality of service - and so "support application mobility across disparate data centers to enhance performance."

The widgetry is part of the servers' Live Partition Mobility capability that can move a partition from one Power6 box to another with no application downtime and is supposed to be key to developing an elastic online marketplace.

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