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Orchestration can be one of those ambiguous concepts in cloud computing, with varying definitions on when cloud capabilities truly advance into the orchestration realm. Frequently it’s defined simply as automation = orchestration .
But automation is just the starting point for cloud. And as organizations move from managing their virtualized environment, they need to aggregate capabilities for a private cloud to work effectively. The automation of storage, network, performance and provisioning are all aspects handled in... [More]
IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator , the first new private cloud offering based on OpenStack and other cloud standards, is now available. Users are looking for Cloud solutions that increase agility, cost savings and offer a competitive advantage. IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator exceeds those needs:
Patterns of expertise learned from decades of successful Client and Partner Engagements - SmartCloud Orchestrator captures best practices for complex tasks, abstracted not hardcoded. Built in best practices KPIs, Measurement & Policies... [More]
Reposted from the Blue Medora blog entry: Introducing the ITM for Virtual Environments XenApp 7.2 Agent The enterprise monitoring space
offers a diverse portfolio of feature rich monitoring options, each
providing a myriad of different metrics, graphs, and pieces of data. In
this diverse environment one of the market leaders is IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM) ,
a longtime mainstay in the monitoring space because of its stability,
diverse feature set, wealth of integrations with IBM and 3rd party
technologies, and overall platform... [More]
Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager (TUAM) development are pleased to announce the release of the IBM® Tivoli® Service Automation Manager (TSAM) - Extension for Usage and Accounting v1.0. This TSAM extension delivers cloud cost management capability by enhancing the integration, reporting and services between TUAM and TSAM. The extension allows cloud users to view historical invoice reports that show the charges associated with each project. The Usage and Accounting v1.0 extension provides the following features: Easier Cloud Usage Report... [More]
new white papers are available on the IBM Integrated Service Management
Library ( ISML ) that explain how to use Tivoli Storage Manager to back
up different areas within IBM SmartCloud Provisioning.
first white paper provides information on how to use Tivoli Storage
Manager Backup-Archive client to back up and restore the boot volume of
an IBM SmartCloud Provisioning persistent virtual machine and how to
make periodic back ups of a normal volume, and select and restore a
white paper... [More]
We know that cloud computing offers a myriad of benefits like rapid service delivery and lower operating costs. But it can also lead to challenges in data governance, access control, activity monitoring and visibility of dynamic resources—in essence, all aspects of IT security. The IT organization must have the capabilities to both deliver services more quickly to meet the demands of the business and be able to provide high levels of security and compliance. In the past the delivery of the services was typically the bottleneck in providing new... [More]
As part of the transparent development initiative, IBM SmartCloud Provisioning (formerly known as IBM Service Agility Accelerator for Cloud) launches a series of daily demos, starting from November 7th. Every session will take about one hour. In this way you can have a look in almost real time at what is happening in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning development, learn about new and enhanced capabilities. If you are interested in joining the sessions, here is the schedule in Central European Time (CET): Monday at 4:00 PM Tuesday at 11:00 AM... [More]
The TUAM team are pleased to announce the delivery of a further 17 TCR Cognos reports . These enhance the existing TUAM reporting set plus allow you to: See examples of Cognos Dashboards containing Usage and Financial Reports Compare your budgets against actuals at clients and line item level with the new client Budget and the Line Item Budget Reports Understand the percentage cost of the services you are using with the Percentage Report Understand the variance in costs and resource usage between months and years with the Cost Variance and... [More]
The open beta program for the upcoming IBM SmartCloud Provisioning release started: Freely download the code , run it unattended in your premises without the need to sign a non-disclosure agreement Discuss what you think about that on a dedicated forum Watch demonstrations of IBM SmartCloud Provisioning capabilities in the work and tell us if you like or do not like the newest features just clicking a button. Join our community to get early access to and provide feedback on cloud provisioning and orchestration technologies Stay tuned to the... [More]
I wanted to let everyone know that a Trial Virtual Machine is available for the SmartCloud Monitoring version 7.2 FP1 product. The Trial provides a 90 day trial of the software to monitor your virtualized environment and includes the Capacity Planning tools for VMware and PowerVM. These tools can help you optimize your virtualized environment and save money.
Within a few hours you can have the Virtual Machine up and running and monitoring your Virtualized environment.
This is a... [More]
Service Health for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning has officially GA'ed and is now available on IBM Integrated Service Management Library ( ISML ). Service Health provides pre - built integrations between IBM SmartCloud Provisioning and IBM SmartCloud Monitoring utilizing a custom agent, OS agents, and the ITMfVE agents. A product provided navigator offers a concise overview on the health of the IBM SmartCloud Provisioning infrastructure enabling the ability to identify and react to issues in your environment quickly minimizing the impact, such as... [More]
With December's release of IBM SmartCloud Monitoring, Tivoli's venerable IBM Tivoli Monitoring product family, proven in data centers at the world's largest corporations, begins to adopt a "Cloud" posture. Sure, "Cloud" is a term bereft of a clear operational definition that we can apply at any given moment, and customers, analysts and vendors tend to bandy it about pretty freely these days. However, if we don't get too hung up what Cloud is or isn't, we can probably agree that it represents a migration from our... [More]
DevOps has become something of a buzzword lately but the idea behind it can be truly powerful. Using a combination of technology and best practices to increase collaboration between development and operations teams can accelerate the application development lifecycle while improving software quality and reducing costs. For many, the development process has become more complex and segregated from operations. Factors such as inefficient communications, manual processes and poor visibility into the deployment process result in production... [More]
With the proliferation of cloud computing, many businesses are starting to adopt a service provider model—either as a deliberate strategy to establish new revenue streams or, in some cases, inadvertently to support the growing needs of their organizations. This is especially true for companies with diverse needs, whether they’re tech companies with dev teams churning out new apps and services, or business owners driving requirements for SaaS services and cloud capabilities to enhance their data center operations. In any event, the distinction... [More]
IBM® Tivoli® Service Automation
Manager (TSAM) has delivered yet another cloud extension that provides service
offerings for automating the provisioning of network attached storage (NAS)
with an NFS export name. The file systems can then be mounted into virtual
machines provisioned within TSAM Virtual Servers Projects . The
extension introduces the concept of Storage-only Project , which
allows managing the entire life-cycle of the file systems (create, expand, set
access, and destroy), in a secure multi-tenant environment. It works... [More]
liked the post “ Rapid deployments with IBM
SmartCloud Provisioning ” that explains
how simple and fast it is to deploy instances using SmartCloud Provisioning.
But after the instances are deployed the next question is:
How can I "easily" monitor the
performance and availability of the OS and applications of launched
solution is to integrate IBM SmartCloud Provisioning with IBM
Tivoli Monitoring (ITM) so that all the running instances will be
connected to the ITM Server... [More]
I've been impressed by the speed of
provisioning a set of virtual machines in just a few tens of seconds
using IBM Smart Cloud Provisioning. In most cases you can get a
running virtual machine in less than one minute.
The Smart Cloud Provisioning technology
has been devised and particularly optimized for managing the
following cloud infrastructure scenarios:
Infrastructure composed of
High level of standardization with
a relative small set of master images used to provision many
instances from the... [More]
I am pleased to announce that we have a new public forum for SmartCloud Orchestrator where users can discuss technical topics related to the product and address questions they might have.
SmartCloud Orchestrator has just been released. It is IBM's new private cloud offering based on OpenStack and other cloud standards.
You can read more about it in the Announcement Letter and we would be very happy to see you join the SmartCloud Orchestrator beta program.
This forum is a discussion platform and does... [More]
A usual adoption
pattern for cloud computing are desktops. It's really straight
forward because in general each company has standardized desktops:
only some specific version of the operating system are supported,
only specific flavours, only some applications are allowed and
typically everything is managed by the IT team.
If we think at the
benefits of adopting desktop cloud, some of them really jump
powerfully in front of the eyes: the IT team can really enforce
standardization (e.g. you can select as desktop only one of... [More]
Most generally accepted definitions of Cloud Computing imply the notion of Pay per use . For a Service Provider this means defining how they intend to bill for Cloud Services, while for a Cloud enabled DataCentre in the enterprise this implies some form of showback/chargeback model. As for those consumers actually using the Cloud, they want to understand the financial implications (what will it cost?) before committing their workloads to it.
As a Cloud User Do you want to see what your project will cost before you provision... [More]
IBM® Tivoli® Service Automation
Manager (TSAM) has delivered a new extension to configure
extra disks in addition to the boot disk when requesting virtual machines
within a Project with VMWare servers. Downloading the installation package from
the Integrated Service Management Library and installing it on top of TSAM 7.2.2
platform enables the cloud administrator to prepare and manage a multi-tenant, customer-segregated
environment for hosting the additional disks. In particular, the cloud
administrator can select the VMWare data... [More]
My three favorite things about OpenStack are
The People The Innovation The Interoperability
San Diego was my second OpenStack summit. Many of the same faces were in the design
summit sessions I attended, but there were many new faces as well. One of the most exciting observations from
the Folsom design summit was the incredible talent pool assembled. The Grizzly summit was no different – it’s
great to interact with so many incredibly smart, deep and experienced
people. I’m convinced that a single
company could... [More]
The IBM® Image Construction and Composition Tool is a web application that simplifies and automates virtual image creation for public and private cloud environments, shielding the differences in cloud implementations from its users. This white paper provides Software Specialists and other product experts with helpful tips and techniques to plan, design, and create software bundles in the Image Construction and CompositionTool.
IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Virtual Environments V7.1 is now available.
At a glance:
IBM® Tivoli® Monitoring for Virtual Environments V7.1 extends the benefits of end-to-end performance monitoring in a virtualized environment by providing additional hypervisor support and new capacity planning reports. Features include:
• New Web 2.0 dashboard
• New Cisco UCS monitoring agent
• New Citrix XenDesktop and XenApp performance and availability monitoring
• New capacity analytics and workload placement guidance for VMware... [More]
After releasing Tivoli Service Automation Manager 7.2.2 in July with a great deal of new capabilities to cover customer use cases, now IBM Service Delivery Manager 7.2.2 is available. In addition to leveraging Tivoli Service Automation Manager V7.2.2, it Adds new monitoring capabilities of the virtualized infrastructure
through Tivoli Monitoring
for Virtual Servers V6.2.3 Provides enhanced metering and accounting capabilities, leveraging Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager
V7.3 Is delivered as a set of virtual machines for simplified... [More]
This goes out to all the Operations guys and gals. Have you been tasked with getting your IT organization to be more efficient, more effective..."more with less?" At the same time, your development teams are expected to delivery new applications at warp speed while you have specific service level agreements to meet governing the stability of your production environments. Speed.... stability.... seems diametrically opposed? If you haven’t heard of DevOps yet--the methodology of bringing development and operation teams together to... [More]
We’re getting really good at deploying images. The new SmartCloud Provisioning product makes
image deployment faster and easier then ever.
While the speed and simplicity is cool, left unchecked, image sprawl
issues may catch up with you faster than ever.
Virtual image sprawl is a reasonably new phenomena derived
from the ease of capturing and creating new virtual images. Virtualization and cloud computing make it
very easy to create new virtual images.
As image catalogs grow, finding and locating the right images... [More]
Is Cloud the Next Utility , hmmm there's an interesting thought. I know many of us are still trying to define "what is Cloud" and "what does Cloud mean for my business." I spend my days in IBM's Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure team working on bringing "Cloud Solutions" to our customers. This turns out to be simply helping customers use what they have, maybe with a little twist, to build out their data center in a more robust, efficient manner. It's all about helping them meet... [More]
Would you like to expand your TUAM Cognos reporting experience? The TUAM team are pleased to announce the delivery of 10 new Cognos reports, that enhance TUAM Cognos reporting in the following ways: Graphs and Pie charts have been introduced giving users an at-a-glance view of the current situation. Trend reports are now available, allowing users to view how those accounts accruing costs and how costs are being recovered by rate codes. New reporting functionality has been added that extend the existing report set by providing new reports which... [More]