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Courtesy of my colleague Chris Appleton in Netcool/OMNIbus development, there is a new video on how they designed their own OSLC Service Provider for their upcoming 7.4 FP3 release. All standard disclaimers apply about release contents not being final until formally announced, but the work is already subject to external try-outs in the Jazz for Service Management hosted beta .
This video was primarily created for systems integrators who already extend Netcool/OMNIbus and want to expand that integration to enable collaboration with other... [More]
Large organizations are typically dependent on various software applications to carry out their business activities smoothly. Enterprises often have to spend millions of dollars to integrate heterogeneous systems within their respective organizations. Supply chain and customer relationship management as well as business intelligence applications all help organizations derive meaningful and actionable insights. In order to leverage the data stored in all of these applications to the fullest, it is necessary that they all communicate with each... [More]
Jazz for Service Management Administration Services has been creating a buzz these days around easy integration and administration of the IT products and solutions in distributed and remove environments. Administration Services enables you to manage various aspects of these products and solutions in your environment, such as health, configuration, availability, lifecycle, and serviceability. Administration Services has a common and consistent administrative interface that simplifies a wide range of administrative tasks to manage the products... [More]
Fix Pack 2 --- Milestone 5 of Jazz for Service Management Open Beta is now available for download . It includes several enhancements and defect fixes listed in the Readme included in the download
Jazz for Service Management brings together the Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) community's open specifications for linking data and other shared integration services, including administrative, reporting, security, and visualization services. It underpins client-defined... [More]
There is currently considerable interest in DevOps . And well this might be since the goal of DevOps is increased responsiveness to your customers. One of the basic tenets of DevOps is automation of processes : have code perform what was previously painstaking manual work, which helps achieve faster and more frequent development/deployment cycles. But, you might have tens of tools installed in your environment, each with its own interface. We need to programmatically orchestrate the work done by these tools and do so in... [More]
Jazz for Service Management (JazzSM) is now available as a virtual image. Fast forward to leveraging the functionality of JazzSM by deploying it as a virtual machine on your laptop or in your private cloud. JazzSM is now available as two different types of virtual image: The vCenter Image and the Workstation Image.
The vCenter virtual image is a virtual machine template. It is a designed to be deployed into a cloud and be adaptable to the network in which it is being deployed. The administrator... [More]
I review all the Linked Data/OSLC-based APIs we release in Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure; see Tuan's post if you want to see some of the scenarios driving these APIs. Today I was looking at some data from a prototype, and I saw someone trying to do something I had not seen before in practice that looked suspect, so I wanted to refresh myself on what the specification did say in this area.
This happened to be the OSLC Automation specification . It's one... [More]
JazzSM 188.8.131.52 milestone 3 beta driver has just been released and I am really thrilled with the introduction of support for provider record templates, brain child of our ever keen Joe Ross.
Provider record templates are a mechanism for OSLC service providers to inform Registry Services about what their records should look like without ever sending them to Registry Services. This is an ideal arrangement for service providers which have considerable amounts of data about several resources, to a point where it would be impractical to send... [More]
You need to keep your IT operations running smoothly and you want to reduce the time it takes to resolve problems. And to achieve that, you need access to detailed, real time information about your IT resources from all possible sources ( asset management, configuration management, monitoring and so on.) So great, your vendors and IT teams have implemented scenario "View assets and CI details vi UI preview" . Life is good ! But wait ! You have data coming from all sorts of providers.... [More]
Background (optional reading)
I've had variations on this conversation several times over the past few months. I guess I should create a proper rant and number it. OTOH making it a blog post means I have a URI, which is way better than a numbered rant ;-)
Tom: These Linked Data/OSLC APIs all require namespaces. Where should I put client extensions?
Me: In a client-owned namespace.
Tom: But I don't know what that value would be/don't have one. Can't I just put them in mine?
Fix Pack 2 --- Milestone 4 of Jazz for Service Management Open Beta is now available for download . It includes several enhancements and defect fixes listed in the Readme included in the download
Jazz for Service Management brings together the Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) community's open specifications for linking data and other shared integration services, including administrative, reporting, security, and visualization services. It underpins client-defined management... [More]
Co-authored with Fernando Mariani
With Fix Pack 2, Registry Services provides support for two additional media types:
Turtle, designed specifically to represent data in a RDF model, is an alternative to RDF/XML which is able to define any RDF graph in a cleaner model.
How to send requests using Turtle and JSON media types
The trend in programming today is towards greater diversity in datastores that can be applied to a broad set of applications. Developers and Data Architects require the ability to not only work with traditional relational databases but also with document based databases
A Meetup is scheduled for November 6 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas to highlight the significance of open interfaces and open source in the vibrant and rapidly evolving world of NoSQL, MongoDB, Big Data in the Cloud. Come meet with us to learn how open... [More]
Registry Services has implemented the following enhancements in fix pack 1.
Address situations when a customer may need to rehost a Service provider. This is generally done when a failover occurs on the Service Provider in a high-availability environment. When rehosting is necessary, all of the URLs for the provider in the Registry must be changed to reflect a new URL. When this is in progress, reconciliation is turned off.
Ability to allow registration ( GET, PUT, POST , and DELETE ) of non-OSLC inline... [More]
A common requirement from the integration scenarios that I've been introducing to you is the need for combining data from multiple sources. For example, while scenario “Service and Application Problem Diagnosis” calls for being able to determine the impact on services and applications of supporting resources and scenario “Deployment of VM, System and Application patterns in Cloud” calls for being able to... [More]
Technical documents, such as Information Center, are the “front door” of any product. If your product offers a high quality technical document, your client is very likely to perceive your product as a high quality product. A good documentation can even convince any potential customer to purchase your product.
Quality technical information can also help customers to easily and quickly find the information they need. According to the IBM guidelines for writing quality technical information, “You can write quality technical... [More]
There is beauty in visualization, there is paradise in beautiful integration, then there is a Meat Loaf-esque attempt at tying this entry’s title to the intro. For the past two years we have been focusing on consolidating and correlating data from different data providers, and during that time we also put out a rather polished Registry Services Sample UI console that allowed people to browse data stored in Registry Services. All the while we kept throwing a long look across the hallway - actually they sit on the floor above, their not... [More]
Multiple new capabilities in the area of installation, integration, and visualization were added to improve the user experience over Jazz for Service Management v1.1. Additional Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure solutions have been enabled for Jazz for Service Management for the first time with this release continuing our journey to seed more integration opportunities across the portfolio. At the same time, we have preserved the ability for our existing customers to incrementally upgrade, and take advantage of these... [More]
Continuing with my series of blog posts on how IBM products use scenarios in their integration work, I’d like to showcase the newly released SmartCloud Control Desk v.184.108.40.206
For a much better description, go to this page and watch the online demos or try it out on the Jazz for Service Management hosted beta . I’ll just note that, among many other features, SmartCloud Control Desk 220.127.116.11 implements scenarios
Performance is an important matter. Several aspects can influence how fast (or slow) applications respond to user requests. There is a variety of tools for monitoring the application server, the database, the Java Virtual Machine, the I/O operations, the memory and so on, in order to assess performance.
For sure all that available tooling is applicable to Registry Services. The great news: the Registry has its own mechanism, enabled by default, to monitor how the operations on resources are being performed.
The monitoring... [More]