- New capacity planning reports for recommendations on workload placement, highlighting potential energy and server costs savings while adhering to co-location policies. You can now use benchmarking data, results simulation, and a policy framework to more intelligently assess where workloads should be placed, instead of relying solely on resource availability in the virtual host farm.
- Busy administrators can make rapid assessments of server, storage, network components, showing physical and virtual performance, and change history via default settings via a new Web 2.0 dashboard.
- Diversified virtualization investments can extend Tivoli virtual environment performance and availability monitoring to Citrix XenApp and XenDesktop via newly delivered agents.
- If you have invested in the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) platform, you can now monitor performance and availability attributes of UCS systems, including chassis and blade health, network fabric health, and storage management integration.
Improve server density and proactively address capacity bottlenecks across physical and virtual server, storage and network resources
Exciting news!! We announced this week the upcoming availability of IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Virtual Environments v7.1 (formerly known as ITM for Virtual Servers). Why did we change the name? Previously, our focus was on ensuring the health of the virtual server environment - VMs & hosts and virtual storage and network elements like data store capacity, etc. With this release, we are now focused across the virtual environment to include physical network and storage performance, thus, providing a holistic view of all physical and virtual shared resources across the virtual environment. This offering will be generally available November, 23rd. Enhanced capabilities include:
Check out the official announcement:
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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 gets harder. Existing images quickly become out of date. Creating a new image is often easier than figuring out what existing image might be reusable. This all leads to a sprawl of images, and corresponding management issues.
To control, and proactively prevent image sprawl, we just added two new capabilities, the Virtual Image Library and the Image Construction and Composition Tool, into the SmartCloud Provisioning 1.2 beta program. The Virtual Image Library provides a central view of all your images and instances – across any SmartCloud Provisioning deployment as well as your existing VMware environments. With Virtual Image Library you can quickly understand the content of your images, search, and run comparison reports for both differences and similarities. This will help you find images to reuse (instead of creating yet another image), and begins to proactively identify consolidation candidates. In addition, Virtual Image Library supports a central repository for your master images, allowing you to perform version control, check-in and check-out operations across your different environments.
While image library helps you control and manage your images, the Image Construction and Composition Tool is a proactive step to prevent image sprawl. With the tool, you can construct images to share and reuse across your cloud. The tool makes it easy to create an image that is reconfigurable during the deployment process. You can choose to expose configuration parameters such as user names and ports, and even different configuration choices. The SmartCloud Provisioning 1.2 instance creation dialog automatically displays these parameters and passes them through to run your customization scripts. For example, we use this technique to have one WebSphere Application Server image that at deploy time is configured as a stand-alone node, or a custom node, or a deployment manager node, or even an IBM HTTP Server node - all from the same image. In addition to building images for Smart Cloud Provisioning 1.2, the tool builds images on the SmartCloud Enterprise public cloud, and builds image for combination in virtual system patterns using IBM Workload Deployer.
I hope you’ll take a look at these new beta capabilities and provide feedback on the SmartCloud Provisioning Open Beta Forum. Let's tame the image sprawl monster.
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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 Provider
The following screenshots illustrate how the new cloud cost management capability delivers solutions to these problems. The new TSAM Extension for Usage and Accounting is available to download now via the ISM Library.
See the Prices for the different Cloud offerings and compare different options
The first dropdown in the view shown below shows the Offerings that are available to the customer. Offerings can be anything the Cloud provider chooses to make available, for example: Virtual Servers, Storage or even PaaS or Saas offerings. The consumer can see up front what the different rates are for each component, and compare these across different offering types.
See what it would cost per month to run a new project in the Cloud
In this example, we want to have one machine to run an Application Server and one machine to run a Database and we need additional Tier1 storage in order to store the database data. The calculator shows how much this will cost per month overall and in terms of the two Service Offerings that this particular Cloud provides.
Different customers can be assigned to different subscriptions
A subscription is a means to segment your customers into different groups such as by geography or customer type (direct, business partners etc).
In this example, the RATIONAL and TIVOLI customers are assigned to the US (United States) subscription. Customers with this subscription share the same set of available offerings and pay the same price for those offerings.
Offerings are defined once and then added to Subscriptions
Once they are part of a subscription, the actual rate values (price per unit) can be defined for each element of the offering template.
If you wish to join the TUAM group to get more involved in reviewing new features and testing beta capability, then let me know and I can send you an invite.
New extensions released for TSAM 7.2.2 extend core capabilities and offer customers
• More secure customer networks
• Faster response, effectiveness and adaptation to Cloud users
• Lower storage costs managing shared virtual file systems
Network Extension for Juniper
Additional Virtual Disk Extension
Power is supported within Tivoli Service Automation Manager 7.2.2
Load Balancer Extension
Load balancing is one of the key values of any cloud project. The load balancer extension enables the definition of rules to automatically distribute the workload amongst VMs in the project whilst providing a single entry point (Virtual-IP) to external users (i.e. it presents itself as a single powerful machine to the user). Key Features include:
Two more TSAM extensions for Netapp Storage and Costing Preview will be available in December 2011.
The TSAM 7.2.2 extensions are available free of charge and can be downloaded from the IBM Service Management Library using the links bellow.
Network Extension for Juniper – Download here
Additional Virtual Disk Extension – Download here
If you are interested in attending our daily demo sessions (see https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/9e696bfa-94af-4f5a-ab50-c955cca76fd0/entry/new_schedule_and_agenda_for_daily_demo_sessions_of_ibm_smartcloud_provisioning2?lang=en) but:
Please post your request on the open beta forum
I recently found this article which discusses the rationale for cloud adoption: http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2011/10/31/5893685.htm. One factor listed is capacity management - "Users are considering cloud for capacity management issues including periodic demand peaks and better management of data center growth, power, and cooling issues." This statement speaks to the maturity of clients surveyed who are considering cloud in that they have the visibility into their virtual environment to understand workload usage trends such as predicting peaks and projecting growth of data center resource consumption. In other words, before clients can leverage cloud for adding capacity for periodic demanding peaks, they first must have capabilities in place for visibility of existing infrastructure. I am curious to understand if any of those surveyed have optimized their virtual environment; meaning, have they rightsized their workloads and placed workloads in a way to maximize available capacity.
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Would you like to show and charge for usage of your IBM Power Systems server?
You may already be aware of the concept of a virtualized system and virtual machines. This might be used by your organization as a means to share physical resources or form the basis for your cloud infrastructure. The usual goal of virtualization is to centralize administrative tasks while improving scalability and work loads. The question is how do you analyze the usage of such resources and charge appropriately where required?
The Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager (TUAM) team is pleased to announce that the TUAM IBM Hardware Management Console (HMC) collector also supports collecting usage information from IBM Systems Director Management Console (SDMC) and facilitates analyzing, reporting, and billing based on the usage and costs of this metering data. This provides a means for enterprises to migrate from HMC to SDMC and ensure continuity of showback/chargeback solutions based on TUAM. Future versions of the HMC/SDMC collector will exploit SDMC specific features.
Capabilities of the collector include
What is IBM Systems Director Management Console (SDMC)?
The SDMC provides hardware, service, and virtualization management for your Power Systems server. The SDMC is the successor to the HMC and the Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM), and shows how IBM Systems Director is going to take an increasingly important role for administrators. For more information on SDMC, see this blog.
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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):
The sessions will be focused on image management.
No password is required
New VMware Additional Disk Extension gives the customer the ability to:
* Map one or more VMware datastores to a TSAM Cloud Storage Pool for provisioning additional disks
* Associate those Storage Pools with one or more customers
* Apply a per customer quota at a Storage Pool level
* Control whether disks are thin provisioned at a Storage Pool level
* Create and automatically format/mount extra disks (Windows drives or Linux mount points) from a Cloud Storage Pool when provisioning a new virtual machine
* Backup and restore server images including any additional disks
The extension was released in October and is available free of charge for download in the IBM Service Management Library.
Download VMware Additional Disk Extension here - http://www.ibm.com/software/ismlibrary?NavCode=1TW10TS0B
IBM’s hybrid cloud offering now enhanced with Tivoli extensions to monitor, secure, manage resources on both public and private clouds
Service Management Extensions for Hybrid Cloud is now available!
IBM’s hybrid cloud offering is now enhanced with Service Management extensions from Tivoli to monitor and secure the management of resources on both public and private clouds.
Service Management Extensions for Hybrid Cloud extend the capabilities of Tivoli service management and delivery solutions, including IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager, which enables users to request, deploy, monitor and manage cloud computing services to create a more modern and dynamic data center. IBM Tivoli Monitoring Software helps optimize IT infrastructure performance and availability. The extensions can help increase control over owned resources, better manage costs and data relocation processes, and help ensure the security of critical data and other assets.
Leveraging Service Management Extensions on Tivoli Service Automation Manager and Websphere Cast Iron Integration software, the Hybrid Cloud solution provides key capabilities that:
• Control and management: Define policies, monitoring and performance rules for the public cloud in the same way as on-premise resources. As a result, organizations can more easily control costs, IT capacity and regulatory concerns.
• Data Integration: Monitor, provision and integrate to support “cloud bursting”--dynamic relocation of workloads from private environments to public clouds during peak times.
• Security: Enable better control of users’ access by synching the user directories of on-premise and cloud applications. The automated synchronization means users can only gain entry to the information they are authorized to access.Service Management Extension are available free of charge via the IBM Integrated Service Management Library.
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There's still time to sign up for the IBM webcast: Managing the Cloud – Best practices for cloud service management
Organizations today are looking to cloud computing to deliver cost savings and faster service delivery. However, most organizations are still struggling to have the basic IT infrastructure that is necessary to take the leap to a robust cloud. This session will explain how service management can help provide the essentials to maintain service levels in the cloud and best practices based on IBM's work with customers. This information will provide the foundation for building and managing a cloud to meet your business objectives and transform IT.
To register for this event, visit: http://bit.ly/odEFh2
Interim fix 1 for IBM Service Agility Accelerator for Cloud 1.1 ( 1.1.0-TIV-ISAAC-IF0001) has been published.
You can download it from FixCentral
It addresses three defects related to the deployment of windows images.
More in details, if fixes the following issues: