IBM announced it has taken technology originally developed to help customers shift IT processing resources during periods of peak activity - such as dealing with unpredictable surges in internet traffic or processing increased levels of stock transactions - and merged these virtualization capabilities with its service-oriented architecture (SOA) offerings. An SOA is a business strategy that more closely aligns the use of information technology with the goals of the company.

These new offerings, known as the "System p Configurations for SOA Entry Points," use virtualization technology in an SOA, to ensure more balanced, flexible use of resources throughout a company. IBM has identified five SOA entry points - people, processes, information, connectivity and reuse. IBM has created five corresponding entry point configurations of hardware, virtualization and software to further simplify and accelerate the creation of an SOA while making the most of a company's existing resources.

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