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Three interesting features in IBM Cloud Managed Services V1.4

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Here are three interesting features that come with IBM Cloud Managed Services Version 1.4. I will try to summarize and explain why these are not only important to me, but also to the readers of this blog post.

1. Automated patching

Automated patching is changing in V1.4. After the roll out, virtual machines (VMs) will have automated patching with deferral rights assigned to the client.

Automated patching will provide operating system security patch management for all VMs in IBM Cloud Managed Services. All patches will be automatically applied unless the Customer Associate (CA) or Customer Business Manager (CBM) logs into the portal and defers or rejects the patch for a specific VM. The default is for all patching to occur without client intervention. Upon boarding, a client will select a patch window start time. In my opinion, this is good because it will save clients time and ensure that patches are deployed upon receipt instead of waiting for approval.

(Related: A guide to IBM Cloud Managed Services)

2. Lite site/Remote point of delivery (POD)

IBM Cloud Managed Services will be able to provide a private cloud POD in a client’s data center floor or in an IBM data center to provide a higher level of isolation for those workloads that require special security. This option is also beneficial for clients who need to keep data in a specific country.

This feature will allow PODs to sit on client premises or in other IBM sites close to the client. This will enable country-specific PODs for dedicated deployment of 500 to 3000 VMs per POD. The solution will require leased line wide area network (WAN) connectivity back to the central managing infrastructure.

3. Migration services for Windows, Linux and AIX

Migration services will be available for Windows, Linux and AIX workloads. The migration services team will work with the clients to provide migration paths from their image to either managed or unmanaged VMs, which is good for both the IBM support team and the client.

Base features:

• Covers the migration of a source AIX image into a managed IBM Cloud Managed Services image.

• Covers the migration of a source Windows or Linux image into a managed IBM Cloud Managed Services image.

• Covers the migration of a source AIX image into an unmanaged IBM Cloud Managed Services image.

• Covers the migration of a source Windows or Linux image into an unmanaged IBM Cloud Managed Services image.

Add-on features:

Support of large images (>250 GB): The first 250 GB of source data is covered by the base images. If more than 250 GB of data needs to be migrated, this feature can be ordered in chunks of 250 GB.

Multi-disc support: The first attached disc is covered by the base images. If more than one disc is attached to the source system, this feature can be ordered in addition.

Data synchronization: Data synchronization can be ordered for individual images.

Test and cutover support (standard and enhanced): Test and cutover support can be ordered for individual images when the client wants IBM to support his testing and cutover activities.

Project management: This optional service can be ordered if the client requires an IBM Project Management resource to manage the migration project. All features will be available through the IBM Cloud Managed Services portal and can be ordered as standardized services. They will also be available in the IBM Cloud Managed Services engagement tooling.

(Read more: What’s new with IBM Cloud Managed Services V1.4)

I like these three features because we need to offer flexibility and client satisfaction every day. These make a difference in our ability to do that.

What do you think of the new version? If you have questions please reach out to me on Twitter @maxdneto.

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