IBM PureFlex for private cloud solutions

An overview of how IBM SmartCloud Provisioning and Service Delivery Manager work with IBM PureFlex.

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IBM SmartCloud Entry as the beginning of a private cloud journey

IBM SmartCloud Entry enables customers to work with virtual appliances and workloads, focusing on the user’s perspective.

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Organizational considerations when implementing private cloud

In order to support private cloud implementations, organizations must align across the several technical disciplines.

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Lessons learned: IBM SmartCloud Monitoring

As part of an effort to better understand my utilization and health of my private cloud environment I am using IBM SmartCloud Monitoring.

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Lessons learned: Usage and accounting for cloud

Shows how to view cloud offering rates and estimate charges with Tivoli Service Automation Usage and Accounting Extension.

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Leveraging Tivoli Service Automation Manager to create IBM Workload Deployer patterns

IBM Workload Deployer is an appliance that is packaged with software to manage resources in a cloud computing environment to deploy WebSphere patterns.

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Lessons learned: IBM SmartCloud Provisioning

The main advantage I have seen with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning is the speed at which it can deploy and destroy machines. In this example, I deploy a base image, customize it for a test, capture that image for later use, and then create a test set with the new modified image.

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Patching AIX virtual machines in a private cloud

The TEM patch process uses the TEM standard infrastructure, and one of the challenges with this process for some AIX customers is that it downloads the patches to the local file system for deployment. This way can be extremely challenging on AIX where disk space is at a premium. In this article, I describe the process of using an exiting NFS-based patch process and integrating it into TEM.

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Service management for hybrid clouds with Cast Iron

One important aspect of hybrid clouds is to have a common service management platform. The ability to provision resources, monitor resources, synchronize LDAP directories, and govern and manage workload through a common interface is extremely valuable.

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Analytic cloud solutions using BigInsights

IBM InfoSphere BigInsights is a solution that targets a business user, and which offers a spreadsheet interface for working with the data, creating jobs, and includes a query language called Jaql.

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IBM Pulse 2012 Conference summary

Pulse 2012 gave customers four days of sessions focused on Cloud, Mobility, Smarter Physical Infrastructure, Security and Compliance, and Service Assurance. The Cloud and the DevOps story provided at Pulse gave customers and IBM Business Partners an in-depth view of how IBM solutions could help solve real world challenges.

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Keeping one eye open: Monitoring on IBM SmartCloud

IBM SmartCloud Monitoring provides event management and analytics for private cloud environments. It includes information about both physical and virtual infrastructure components that cloud administrators can use to optimize their private cloud hardware.

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