Preview: IBM Cloud Infrastructure Center 1.1.6

IBM Canada Announcement A22-0482
August 23, 2022

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OverviewOverviewProduct positioningProduct positioning
Key requirementsKey requirementsStatement of general directionStatement of general direction
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At a glance

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IBM Cloud® Infrastructure Center, the infrastructure management solution on IBM® zSystems and IBM LinuxONE servers, will be updated in version 1.1.6 to provide:

  • A snapshot for multiple disks at the same time on IBM z/VM® and Red Hat® KVM for backup and restore
  • The ability to manage the FCP devices lifecycle with fine granularity on z/VM
  • The ability to manage the access control (security group) of a Red Hat KVM-based virtual machine
  • Hybrid hypervisor support for z/VM and Red Hat KVM


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Overview

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Many IT organizations worldwide have turned to the agility of hybrid cloud solutions to facilitate their digital transformation journeys for all types of noncontainerized and containerized workloads.

With Cloud Infrastructure Center, IBM provides an infrastructure management solution in support of the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud computing on the IBM zSystems and LinuxONE platforms. IaaS delivers the fundamental compute, network, and storage resources to users on-demand and enables-to-scale resources on an as-needed basis.

Cloud Infrastructure Center meets the demands of a hybrid cloud approach, helping with automation capabilities and an easy integration into an enterprise hybrid cloud. It is based on industry standards and leverages common skills for cloud management.

Cloud Infrastructure Center provides a ready-to-use solution for the following:

  • Management of the cloud infrastructure, including on-premises deployments of z/VM and Red Hat KVM-based Linux® virtual machines on IBM zSystems and LinuxONE
  • Deployment of images of multiple Linux operating systems for noncontainerized workloads from IBM, open source, or other ISV software
  • Aid in the simplification and automation of Red Hat OpenShift® cluster deployments
  • Integration with enterprise cloud management tools to provision and orchestrate cloud workloads, using Red Hat OpenStack-compatible APIs

Based on these capabilities, Cloud Infrastructure Center shows the following adoption patterns in the market:

  • Deployment of on-premises database-as-a-service

    Administrators can build an image that consists of a Linux distribution and a database, for example, MongoDB, and can be deployed as-a-service by users.

  • Support to help simplify and automate Red Hat OpenShift cluster deployments

    A Red Hat OpenShift image can be deployed into a virtual machine that is based on z/VM or Red Hat KVM, as every other image. Cloud Infrastructure Center supports a simplified and automated Red Hat OpenShift cluster deployment in a user-provisioned infrastructure model through Red Hat Ansible® or Terraform.

  • Infrastructure-as-a-service management for service providers

    Cloud Infrastructure Center can serve as the management system for the virtualized infrastructure to support different cloud computing models. The built-in OpenStack compatible APIs satisfy a wide range of infrastructure management demands and can integrate various components to automate infrastructure services and thereby help reduce cost and complexity. Cloud Infrastructure Center, integrated with the IBM Cloud Pak® for WatsonAIOps, enables recording the consumed resource allocations of the virtual machines.

  • Simplified experience with virtualization on IBM zSystems and LinuxONE

    The capabilities for infrastructure management, automated deployment, and integration of IBM zSystems and LinuxONE based infrastructure into cloud computing are based on the industry standard and vendor-agnostic technology for IaaS management, and deliver a major step into simple infrastructure management.

Cloud Infrastructure Center 1.1.6 further enhances the existing solution capabilities

Cloud Infrastructure Center is designed to require little or no training for users to manage the virtual infrastructure. It has the same usage and skill requirements as similar IaaS offerings on other platforms. Cloud administrators who integrate IBM zSystems and LinuxONE into an enterprise hybrid cloud approach do not need to possess specific IBM zSystems or LinuxONE skills.



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Key requirements

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Operating environment

Cloud Infrastructure Center 1.1.6 plans to support the following IBM zSystems servers:

  • IBM z16™ (all models)
  • IBM z15™ (all models)
  • IBM z14® (all models)
  • IBM z13® (all models)
  • IBM LinuxONE III (all models, including LinuxONE III Express)
  • IBM LinuxONE Emperor II
  • IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper II
  • IBM LinuxONE Emperor
  • IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper



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Planned availability date

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Fourth quarter, 2022

Previews provide insight into IBM plans and direction. Availability, prices, ordering information, and terms and conditions will be provided when the product is announced.



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Description

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Cloud Infrastructure Center 1.1.6 will further enhance the solution capabilities to help meet the demands of hybrid cloud by providing a ready-to-use solution for industry-standard infrastructure management that helps simplify the lifecycle management and improve administrator productivity.

Cloud Infrastructure Center 1.1.6 is being developed to deliver the following capabilities:

  • Consistency group support on IBM DS8000® series and IBM FlashSystem® storage on z/VM and Red Hat KVM, enabling a snapshot for multiple disks at the same time to back up and restore those data disks and virtual machines without any data inconsistency
  • The ability to manage the FCP devices lifecycle on z/VM, allowing clients to add and delete FCP devices with fine granularity for more efficient FCP usage
  • The ability to manage the access control (security group) of a Red Hat KVM-based virtual machine, allowing clients to manage the firewall of a virtual machine and therefore achieving higher security and access control of the workload
  • Hybrid hypervisor support, allowing clients to manage both hypervisors, z/VM and Red Hat KVM, in one instance of Cloud Infrastructure Center to gain improved user experience


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Product positioning

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Many IT organizations worldwide have turned to the agility of hybrid cloud solutions to facilitate their digital transformation journeys for all types of noncontainerized and containerized workloads. They are shifting workloads to a cloud computing model that blends an on-premises infrastructure with private and public cloud computing models, unlike traditional IT.

IaaS provides the low-level control of resources in cloud computing. IaaS emerged as a popular computing model and has become the standard abstraction model for noncontainerized and containerized workloads.

IBM zSystems and LinuxONE deliver on-premises cloud computing platforms that provide a security-rich, scalable, and reliable environment for cloud-native development, cloud computing deployment, and automation.

Cloud Infrastructure Center, together with the hypervisors z/VM and Red Hat KVM, provide the foundation for on-premises cloud computing on IBM zSystems and LinuxONE as part of a hybrid cloud approach. The workloads can be noncontainerized and containerized.

With Cloud Infrastructure Center, IBM tries to help clients on their transformation to hybrid cloud by meeting them where they are today.



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Statement of general direction

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Statements by IBM regarding its plans, directions, and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice at the sole discretion of IBM. Information regarding potential future products is intended to outline general product direction and should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The information mentioned regarding potential future products is not a commitment, promise, or legal obligation to deliver any material, code, or functionality. Information about potential future products may not be incorporated into any contract. The development, release, and timing of any future features or functionality described for IBM products remain at the sole discretion of IBM.



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Reference information

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For information about Cloud Infrastructure Center, see:

  • Software Announcement A22-0191, dated March 1, 2022
  • Software Announcement A21-0437, dated August 3, 2021

For information about Cloud Pak for Data, see:

  • Software Announcement A22-0441, dated June 28, 2022
  • Software Announcement A21-0545, dated October 5, 2021
  • Software Announcement A21-0459, dated June 29, 2021
  • Software Announcement A21-0323, dated June 15, 2021

For information about Cloud Pak for Integration, see:

  • Software Announcement A22-0296, dated June 7, 2022
  • Software Announcement A21-0636, dated December 7, 2021
  • Software Announcement A21-0379, dated June 22, 2021
  • Software Announcement A21-0270, dated May 4, 2021

For information about Cloud Pak for Watson AIOps, see Software Announcement A22-0429, dated June 28, 2022.

For information about Cloud Pak for Multicloud Management, see Software Announcement A21-0291, dated April 27, 2021.

For information about Cloud Pak for Business Automation, see Software Announcement A22-0389, dated June 14, 2022.

For preview information about z/VM 7.3, see Software Announcement A22-0160, dated April 5, 2022.

For information about z/VM 7.2, see Software Announcement A20-0486, dated August 4, 2020.

For information about Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform for IBM Z® and LinuxONE, see:

For information about IBM z16, see Hardware Announcement A22-0010, dated April 5, 2022.

For information about IBM z15, see

  • Hardware Announcement A20-0504, dated August 4, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement A20-0050, dated April 14, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement A20-0075, dated January 14, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement A19-0846, dated November 26, 2019
  • Hardware Announcement A19-0283, dated September 12, 2019

For information about IBM LinuxONE III, see:

  • Hardware Announcement A20-0509, dated August 4, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement A20-0076, dated April 14, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement A20-0075, dated January 14, 2020
  • Hardware Announcement A19-0225, dated September 12, 2019

For information about IBM z14, see:

  • Hardware Announcement A18-0610, dated October 2, 2018
  • Hardware Announcement A17-0866, dated November 28, 2017
  • Hardware Announcement A17-0392, dated July 17, 2017

For information about IBM Emperor II, see:

  • Hardware Announcement A17-0866, dated November 28, 2017
  • Hardware Announcement A17-0572, dated September 12, 2017

For information about IBM z14 Model ZR1, see:

  • Hardware Announcement A18-0610, dated October 2, 2018
  • Hardware Announcement A18-0133, dated April 10, 2018

For information about IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper II, see:

  • Hardware Announcement A18-0630, dated October 2, 2018
  • Hardware Announcement A18-0133, dated April 10, 2018



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Statement of good security practices

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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered, destroyed, or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective. IBM does not warrant that systems and products are immune from the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.



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Regional availability

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Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bonaire, Canada, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sint Maarten, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, and British Virgin Islands

Trade-marks

IBM z16 and z15 are trade-marks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

IBM Cloud, IBM, z/VM, IBM Cloud Pak, IBM z14, IBM z13, DS8000, IBM FlashSystem and IBM Z are registered trade-marks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

Red Hat, OpenShift and Ansible are registered trade-marks of Red Hat Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.

The registered trade-mark Linux® is used pursuant to a sublicense from the Linux Foundation, the exclusive licensee of Linus Torvalds, owner of the mark on a world­wide basis.

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