In order to distribute images across SCE accounts, the following process must be followed.
In this new post I would like to introduce a new function added in Image Construction and Composition Tool (ICCT) 1.2.
There are multiple ways to create an image on the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise and this is what I'll explain in this blog topic. We have first to distinguish two main streams: first, import an image from your own premises, and second, build an image based on the instance created on the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise platform.
A usual adoption pattern for cloud computing is desktops. It's really straightforward because, in general, each company has standardized desktops: only some specific version of the operating system is supported; only specific desktop flavors (styles) are available; only some applications are allowed; and typically everything is managed by the IT team.
In the “Rapid deployments with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning” blog entry, we have shown that virtual machines or appliances can be started and configured in a matter of seconds. It has never been so easy to create a virtual machine (VM), install software, and configure middleware. However, with great power comes great responsibility…it is now possible to create a VM, but what is its lifecycle? Will it be destroyed after being used, is the starting image deprecated, or is there a better starting image given the needed configuration and software install requirements?
I'm a big fan of standardization. I'm a big fan of using non-persistent images too. They just make my life so much easier. The only issue I see with them, anyway, is the need to provide to the user several configuration and customization possibilities.