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The benefits of virtualization,
have spurred many organizations to move toward a virtual infrastructure. While
these organizations enjoy accelerated service delivery and resource
optimization to reduced costs for IT resources, they have also frequently experienced
a new set of management complexities. The nature of the virtual environment,
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]
I'm a big fan of standardization. I'm a big fan of using non-persistent images as well. They just make my life so much easier. The only issue I see with them is the need anyway to provide to the end user some configuration and customization possibilities. It could be something trivial like having your own screen saver, or a special keyboard and language configuration or it could be something like connecting the softwares inside the image to some specific devices, disks or additional, external software. I even do not want to think about having a... [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]
In my previous blog I talked about the speed of deployment of virtual machines when using IBM Smart Cloud Provisioning. I showed that virtual machines can be started and configured in a matter of seconds and I described a little in bit in details how this could be achieved in terms of the internal infrastructure of the product. Today I would like to talk about another aspect of IBM Smart Cloud Provisioning that contributes to make it a low-touch solution: its installation/configuration process. The IBM Smart Cloud Provisioning solution is... [More]
Starting from August 10th 2012, SmartCloud Provisioning 2.1 is generally available.
Here is a synthesis of the new features added: Support for vCenter and VMControl hypervisor managers Support for Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor Capability to deploy patterns Capability to deploy images with more than one disk Capability to check image compatibility and automatically remediate it for HSLT cloud groups Capability to manage legacy virtual machines residing on vCenter via SmartCloud Provisioning self service UI Live migration for KVM... [More]
IBM SmartCloud Provisioning (previously known as IBM Service Agility Accelerator for Cloud) fully embraces the transparent development philosophy.
Starting from today, you can join our open beta program. This Program is intended to raise awareness of IBM SmartCloud Provisioning with the widest possible
audience and provide a feedback mechanism to let you tell us what you like about the product, and what we could improve.
The code is downloadable from... [More]
With the barrage of cloud news constantly hitting the market, it can be challenging for organizations to differentiate between all of the solutions and capabilities out there. But with the latest cloud offering from IBM, the value proposition is quite simple—you get a low-cost, low-risk entry to cloud computing with compelling features. This is especially important for organizations who are still trying to leverage the cost savings of virtualization. Our customers have told us they’re looking to cloud computing to increase agility—the ability... [More]
A presentation and demo session for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning held on thursday, April 26th at 3:00 PM central european time (CET) The presentation will be around architectural changes in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning.
The demo will be about registering High Scale Low Touch as cloud group in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning. If you would like to join, using your web browser, connect to http://www.ibm.com/collaboration/meeting/join?id=LMT71CA No password is required To join the conference call: Partecipant pass-code: 44575493 Country ... [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]
It’s been estimated that the number of virtual machines in data centers has increased at least tenfold in the last decade. More than fifty percent of virtualized environments now have more than one brand of hypervisor. The hypervisor promise of cutting infrastructure expense has given way to increases in licensing costs of more than three hundred percent. And the average number of images destroyed? Nobody knows. In short, the challenges of managing virtualized environments are mounting. The benefits of virtualization—from cost and labor savings... [More]
How to backup data on Softlayer and
setup Disaster&Recovery across data center
Cui Li quan, T echnical lead of IBM Smarter Cities Cloud operations team, expert on operation framework and automation for IBM Smarter Cities SaaS products.
Jun Xia Zhou, Comes from China Development Lab, she is working in Smarter Cities Cloud Delivery team, has rich operation experience of Smarter Cities products, like Intelligent Operations Center on Cloud, Intelligent Transportation on Cloud, and Intelligent Water on Cloud.
A very interesting Cloud Computing case study of the Capgemini Infrastructure as a Service delivery platform project has been recently published on the Web: Capgemini boosts service to clients with a cloud delivery platform The case study shows how one of the world’s leading infrastructure outsourcing providers has seen the business opportunity of offering to its clients a cloud-based solution that combines the benefits of a high-value infrastructure service provider with the cost advantages of Cloud computing. Capgemini focused the new... [More]
Even if you
weren’t at IBM Pulse, trending right now on the web is chatter about IBM’s
announcement to leverage open technologies pervasively in the development
of its cloud offerings.
SmartCloud Orchestrator—an integrated platform to standardize and manage
heterogeneous hybrid environments—IBM is launching its first commercial offering
based on OpenStack. And with SmartCloud Orchestrator, IBM is also redefining
the scope of orchestration
to encompass the streamlining and integration of all resources, workloads... [More]
TUC Webcast: Maximize the Benefits of Virtualization for Greater ROI Please join the Tivoli User Community for a live Webcast and opportunity for Q&A, Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM ET USA. Click here to reserve your webcast seat now
About this Webcast:
Challenges with virtualized environments are driving the shift to
increased integration of service management capabilities such as image
and patch management, high-scale provisioning, monitoring, storage and
security. In this webcast, learn how organizations can... [More]