Welcome to the Cloud/ Virtualization Management Blog, where you can read the perspectives from Cloud and Virtualization experts. This Blog provides insights into the Cloud/Virtualization Management solution, as well as technical details about specific IBM
We're pleased to make available as a beta Service Health for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning. As this is a beta we welcome any and all feedback. Service Health (Beta) for IBM® SmartCloud Provisioning provides prebuilt integrations between IBM SmartCloud Provisioning and IBM SmartCloud Monitoring. This solution allows you to easily monitor your IBM SmartCloud Provisioning infrastructure to identify and react to issues in your environment. This solution is available via the IBM Integrated Service Management Library( ISML ). You can find... [More]
There is a brand new demo for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning 1.2. It is launchpad based hence allowing you to dive into various capabilities individually with a short and quick overview. It covers the main IBM SmartCloud Provisioning capabilities: fast virtual image provisioning easily extending your cloud infrastructure fault tolerance low touch image management: controlling image sprawl drift analysis image search Enjoy it clicking here
Would you like to integrate Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager (TUAM) with enterprise planning software allowing you greater flexibility to budget for, and forecast your IT usage costs? The TUAM reporting team has developed an initial integration with IBM Cognos® TM1® to provide an environment for developing timely, reliable and personalised forecasts and budgets. What
is Cognos TM1 ?
IBM Cognos® TM1® is a complete enterprise planning solution. It supports a full range of enterprise planning requirements including financial analytics... [More]
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. This allows SmartCloud Provisioning to handle multiple provisioning tasks in parallel, across an unlimited number of servers. Cloud users can request deployments of virtual machines and have access to the provisioned systems in very few seconds, thanks to the parallel and distributed... [More]
Thank you to everyone who attended the Global Tivoli User Community - Simplify Cloud Management with IBM SmartCloud Monitoring. If you did not have an opportunity to take advantage of this free training live - you can still take advantage by viewing the replay. Slides, demonstrations and audio are captured in the recording. Registered attendees may view the Playback with this link: https://de202.centra.com:443/GP/main/0000002d488f160134dc28bb9c007b01 OR To register to view this Playback:... [More]
SmartCloud Provisioning is an infr astr uctu re-a s-a- serv ice cloud able
to work with different types of hypervisors. You can easily install
and configure new compute nodes to run your virtual images on KVM,
VMWare and Xen.
is a very interesting sentence, and it seems to be very useful. First
time I read it, I thought: “Do I need to have 3 different images?
Can I have same image running on any hypervisor?” Answers are yes
to both question. Depending on how you would run your image you could
need have different images for... [More]
How do I find out if my warehouse has all the tables/views needed to run a report or create a custom report?
A new set of reports have been added under the folder "Prerequisites
Checking" in ITMfVE 7.1 for the VMware VI agent which provide you with a
prerequisite scanner that checks if the list of all tables/views needed
to run the predefined reports and the ones needed to support custom
reporting are available in the Tivoli Data Warehouse. It also checks the
VMware VI agent version and lets you know if the available... [More]
ITM for Virtual Environments provides out-of-the-box pages in TIP (Tivoli Integrated Portal) that display well on a standard screen size of 1280 by 1024 pixels. If you use a higher screen resolution, you can customize the TIP pages to better suit your screen. Additionally, you can rearrange the components on a TIP page if you prefer that certain widgets are shown on a certain portion of the page. Let's examine both of these customizations. Let's go through an example where we use a screen resolution of 1600 by 900 pixels, to see how we can... [More]
Cloud systems have made a huge
improvement in terms of tracking and performance. In “Rapid deployments with
IBM Smart Cloud Provisioning” blog, 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... [More]
Are your queries taking an
unusually long time to run for the amount of data that you've in your
Tivoli Data Warehouse? Do your Cognos based reports take forever to
render the screen with some results? There are several tweaks that can
be made to the data model and the reports to get optimum performance
while running your reports. Some of the best practices to be followed while developing your custom reports and data models are discussed here.
Editing the data model using Framework Manager to optimize performance of queries:... [More]
You can get some expert exposure to Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager and our Cloud Cost Management solutions via
our demo's and workshops at Pulse 2012. Please come along to see us if
you are at Pulse this year.
. The workshops are in the MGM Studio Ballrooms. Lab B02 IBM Service Delivery Manager IBM Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager Cloud Cost Management .
In this lab exercise, you learn how to use IBM Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager (TUAM) for metering and also accounting for projects and servers in a IBM Service Delivery... [More]
I really liked the post Rapid deployments with IBM Smart Cloud Provisioning that explains how simple and fast is to deploy instances using SmartCloud Provisioning. But once the instances are deployed the next questions are: How can I "easily" manage them from patch management point of view ? How can I "ensure" that they satisfy my corporate and security standards ? The solution is to integrate SmartCloud Provisioning with Tivoli Endpoint Manager (TEM) so that all the running instances will be connected to the TEM Server... [More]
If you would like to try out IBM SmartCloud Provisioning 1.2 core functionalities but you are worried you do not have time to spend installing it or you do not have enough hardware, you can download a special demo package from Integrated Service Management Library It gets installed in a single physical box. The system must use x86_64 processors that support virtualization. In addition to that you need at least 3 GB memory and 30 GB disk space The required operating system for this installation is Linux CentOS 6.0 64 bits. In addition to that... [More]
As customers consolidate and virtualize application workloads along their journey toward Cloud, the cost savings that they had envisioned often prove elusive. True efficiency comes from the ability to right-size both the environment and the virtual workloads - in response to actual performance data, rather than theoretical estimates – in order to create an optimized Cloud infrastructure that runs densely enough to provide true consolidation while maintaining application service levels and room for expansion. The migration to a Cloud... [More]