provisioning

Virtual image extension using IBM SmartCloud provisioning

Using SmartCloud provisioning, what is the best way to extend a base image adding one or more additional products?

Continue reading

How to select an IBM provisioning product for your needs

Sergio discusses different cloud management products and selection criteria.

Continue reading

Composing complex topologies using virtual patterns

Each virtual pattern is like a puzzle piece that can be used to compose a bigger and more complex topology.

Continue reading

Image personalities: How to reduce the amount of master images

In this new post I would like to introduce a new function added in Image Construction and Composition Tool (ICCT) 1.2.

Continue reading

SAP in the cloud: Does that make sense?

One important argument for cloud computing is that you have to pay only for what you use. That doesn’t mean cloud computing is cheaper compared to traditional SAP hosting.

Continue reading

Motivation for a cloudy day

In IT, the motivations might be a need to keep up with the competition, a need to become more profitable, or the desire to be on the leading edge of the technology curve. Any of these, or possibly 37 other reasons, could be driving you to examine cloud computing for your enterprise.

Continue reading

User Experience: How easy is it to deploy hundreds of VMs in a minute?

A couple of months ago, I heard about IBM SmartCloud Provisioning under the code name HSLT: High Scale, Low Touch provisioning engine. This product is all about bringing a true “as a service” approach into the infrastructure world. That’s what the brochure says anyway.

Continue reading

Image portability across hypervisors

Before going deeper on how IBM SmartCloud Provisioning deploys virtual images, I discuss various hypervisors. Each of them has its own peculiarity, allowing you to leverage various features, implemented in various ways. This leads us to deal with various hypervisor limitations.

Continue reading

Desktop cloud: Take it easy with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning and non-persistent VMs

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.

Continue reading

Private cloud: The new data center

It is not a very big effort to add private cloud capabilities to today's data centers. Every virtualized server farm can be equipped with a cloud computing layer that handles the user interaction, and the provisioning and deprovisioning of virtual servers. So, it is quite easy to adapt to this new technology.

Continue reading

Decentralized control in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning

IBM SmartCloud Provisioning is designed to minimize the use of a centralized “command and control” approach, in favor of scale-out management, where endpoints can participate in management activities and do not depend on a single configuration management database.

Continue reading

Where are your images and what do they contain?

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?

Continue reading