September 24, 2013 | Written by: Edwin Schouten
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This edition focuses on IBM’s open cloud strategy and dives a bit deeper into the IBM SmartCloud Application Services for DevOps and pattern-based deployments.
This is the sixth edition of the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise unleashed series; you can find the previous posts here:
- Unleashed I takes you through all the basics of IBM SmartCloud Enterprise and details all valuable information resources.
- Unleashed II is a deep dive into functional and technical use cases, utilizing the capabilities that IBM SmartCloud Enterprise offers.
- Unleashed III goes into detail about how security is arranged within and around IBM SmartCloud Enterprise.
- Unleashed IV details Asigra backup, AppZero migration services, big data and how to create and register a mashup service in the Cloud Services Framework.
- Unleashed V details IBM SmartCloud Enterprise 2.2 and IBM SmartCloud Application Services 1.0, points you to a complimentary eBook “Cloud Services for Dummies” and discusses VM encryption.
Now IBM SmartCloud Applications has been released, extending IBM SmartCloud Enterprise with platform as a service (PaaS) functionality. You will also find information and use cases for this “cloud native” service here.
Open source-based cloud services and software
In March 2013 it was announced that all of IBM’s cloud services and software will be based on an open cloud architecture. This move will ensure that innovation in cloud computing is not hampered by locking businesses into proprietary islands of insecure and difficult-to-manage offerings.
As the first step, a new private cloud offering is available based on the open source OpenStack software, which allows integration with public cloud offerings as well.
New cloud ecosystem partner image
CloudPrime is an application messaging, interoperability and secure file transfer solution running in public cloud environments. Find out all CloudPrime can do on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise in this data sheet.
Encrypt data on a Windows instance on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise
This developerWorks article details how to set up data encryption on your Windows® instance using TrueCrypt for full disk encryption, BitLocker for volume encryption, EFS for file and folder encryption, and Fsutil for swap file encryption.
Hybrid IT and hybrid cloud
Although the concept of combining both public and private cloud services into a hybrid cloud topology has been widely known from the inception of cloud services, many analysts believe that 2013 will be the year that hybrid cloud implementation will truly get traction.
Inside the hybrid cloud
Agility, scalability and profitability are driving enterprises toward cloud computing. This is a response to the ever-changing economic, financial and technical developments confronting business entities today. These changes demand new ways of thinking, working and doing business. The development of the hybrid cloud is based in this new reality. This four part developerWorks series takes you through many of the insights and considerations there are when seriously looking at implementing a hybrid cloud:
Implement a hybrid cloud with IBM SmartCloud Enterprise and WebSphere DataPower
This developerWorks article describes a solution that showcases the capabilities of IBM SmartCloud™ Enterprise and IBM® WebSphere® DataPower® for handling the load of a hybrid application. It also addresses the technologies used for the workload to scale across multiple cloud systems in different data centers or burst out to SmartCloud Enterprise for additional capacity on demand.
IBM SmartCloud Application Services
Closing the gap between development and operations
Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) is one of the recently released platform services delivered right from the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise portal, offering you the tools you need to start implementing DevOps. These tools allow you to minimize and eliminate conflicts between developers and IT operations, improving the way the two groups work together when delivering, managing and maintaining software over time. Download the complimentary eBook “Improving Software Delivery with DevOps and the Cloud” to gain a better understanding of DevOps and learn how it can improve the IT processes in your organization.
Step-by-step guidance on how to create pattern types
IBM Global cloud IT Architect Dominique Vernier takes you through the steps needed to create both simple and more complex pattern types in these blog posts. These patterns are created in SmartCloud Application Workload Service, but as one of the strengths of application patterns is that these can be exported/imported onto other environments, the patterns are equally applicable to cloud environments using IBM Workload Deployer (IWD) or PureSystems.
- Create step-by-step a simple pattern-type with SmartCloud Application Workload
- Adding Static scalability to a pattern-type with SmartCloud Application Services
- Create step-by-step a Master-Slave pattern-type with SmartCloud Application Workload Services
- Adding your own monitoring collector to a pattern-type with SmartCloud Application Services
- Scaling in/out based on your own monitoring collector with SmartCloud Application Services
- How to add operation with SmartCloud Application Services
- Scaling in/out based on OS metrics with SmartCloud Application Services
- How to extend an existing pattern-type with SmartCloud Application Services
- Add the capability to Tweak a virtual application instance.
- Attach a storage to a virtual machine on SmartCloud Application Services
- Add a post processor to a deployment
- Call a service to insert parameters in the VM topology
- How to create shared services for IBM SmartCloud Application Workload Service
- How to create a client using ServiceProvisioner for a shared service on IBM SmartCloud Application Workload Service
- How to create a client using Python scripts for a shared service on IBM SmartCloud Application Workload Service
- Create a plugin that modify automatically all generated Topology for SCAS
- Tips: How to attach a URL to your pattern
And last but not least, here’s a bonus post on how to create your own pattern-type in few steps!
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