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... [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]
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]
New extensions released
for TSAM 7.2.2 extend core capabilities and offer customers
secure customer networks
response, effectiveness and adaptation to Cloud users
storage costs managing shared virtual file systems
Extension for Juniper
Extends TSAM Network device
support with Juniper firewall and F5 Big-IP Load balancer Increases security by creating
firewall configuration rules within TSAM Increases resource utilization
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: you do not feel comfortable with our schedule you would like to discuss with us about functionalities that are not covered by the current agenda you would like to join an exclusive, fully dedicated to you usability session 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... [More]
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... [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]
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... [More]
Service Management Extensions for Hybrid Cloud is now available!
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... [More]
Got Technical Questions? Get your
questions ready for the next Ask the Expert (ATE) event will be held on
November 8th, 2011 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time USA. Register for this event The " Ask the Experts Online Jam"
(ATE) is a valuable opportunity for Global Tivoli User Community (TUC)
Members to connect with real-world experts on a range of Tivoli
products. These experts, many from... [More]
Ok, I admit, I was among the early adopters of the late nineties to
get hooked on VMWare. In fact, as an open source advocate I remember
playing with " freemware" , qemu, bochs, openVZ, and several
other x86 virtualization technologies. Likewise, I was among the first
to start using Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). I've been hooked
by x86 commodity hardware virtualization for a long time, and I thank
VMWare and Ed Bugnion in particular for that. But why choose VMWare
now? Ten years ago when the
CPUs made it... [More]
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... [More]
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: Launch windows persistent instance failed: after launching windows persistent instance, the instance will be in stopped status and not able to run. Not able to run persistent instance on VMware hyper node Lack of support for windows 7 and 2008 sysprep-ed images: not able to... [More]