5 Things to Know about PowerVC 1.3.1 Standard and Cloud editions
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In April 2016, IBM announced IBM PowerVC Version 1.3.1 available as a Standard Edition, and as the IBM PowerVC Cloud Manager. PowerVC allows secure and simple management of VMs in a Power Systems environment that allows you to easily create cloud based solutions. IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager extends the Standard Edition by providing a web-based self-service portal that allows end users access to the PowerVC manager to create and manage VMs for their projects based on sample templates and pre-defined roles suited for their specific needs. It keeps them out of trouble.
While creating the PowerVC Redbook, the team discovered the following 5 Things to Know about the new release. Enjoy!
1) You can easily migrate from Standard Edition to Cloud Edition with a single command.
You are always one step away from enabling your users access to the self service portal. A new chapter in the Redbook will show you how it works.
2) OpenStack commands are replacing Keystone commands in the CLI.
The Keystone commands still exist, but it is recommended to use the new OpenStack commands. The IBM Redbook has examples using the new OpenStack commands. Development recommends using the API for scripting.
3) Certain functions such as security roles and project definitions must be created through the CLI not the GUI.
Or, at least that is the way it is today. Development is an ongoing process and PowerVC is part of IBMs strategic solutions for cloud computing. Keep an ear open for more enhancements. We will fill you in as we learn what they are.
4) You can use RHEL 7.1 and installed required 7.2 packages for PowerVC.
No need to completely re-install your management node if you are on RHEL 7.1. All you need is a RHEL subscription and then select from the Redhat network supplementary packages channel.
5) With NovaLink, VMs can be managed without the HMC.
However, the HMC is still required to perform functions such as reading error logs, throttling performance to conserve energy (AEM), and power cycling the servers to name a few. NovaLink requires Version 840 firmware which is only available on POWER8 processor-based systems.
Find out more about PowerVC from the Power Systems team's latest IBM Redbooks draft: http
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