C&SI IT, the leader in providing enterprise cloud infrastructure, is announcing the General Availability of the next major evolution in Cloud deployment; the Continuous Delivery Cloud powered by SmartCloud Orchestrator (SCO) 2.2.
Much of today's use of the C&SI IT virtual infrastructure is classified as enterprise virtualization. C&SI has achieved outstanding capital and expense cost avoidance using this infrastructure. Moving ahead and truly embracing cloud requires a cultural change as well as a technological change. C&SI IT is leading that change by deploying IBM SCO and IBM Continuous Delivery products to enable development, test, and support teams with the tools required for DevOps and dynamic cloud use.
The new Continuous Delivery Cloud environment enables teams to create and deploy production-like environments in minutes...not weeks or months! Based on IBM's SmartCloud Foundation, this environment provides numerous new features:
- Automated Delivery: Create, configure, and automate a continuous delivery process to build, deploy, and test in the cloud using virtual system patterns.
- DevOps: Leverage production-like cloud environments throughout the development lifecycle to support agile development.
- Self Service: Construct, deploy, and manage cloud resources directly.
- Dev Tools: Use the Rational Team Concert integrated set of tools directly in the cloud, with support for UrbanCode and Green Hat coming soon.
- Manage Assets: Ensure the right code gets into the right images and patterns with a version controlled Virtual Image Library management system.
The infrastructure is running on nine IBM x3850s with XIV SAN with a capacity of approximately 2000 virtual machines. The installation proved quite easy and robust after locating adequate physical hardware to host the SCO services. Part of the install creates four service VMs running the various components of SCO: Virtual Image Library, Image Construction and Composition Tool, Business Process Manager, and DB2. One configuration issue that I encountered was defining the network with the correct size even though the subnet mask was provided.
- nova-manage network create --fixed_range_v4=9.x.y.0/23 --network_size=512 --gateway=9.x.y.1 --label VLAN2xy --vlan=2xy --bridge=br4090 --dns1=9.a.b.c --dns2=9.a.b.d
Another issue that I ran into was related to quotas and it is important to verify user (nova quota-show id) and project quotas (nova-manage project quota id).
I also opted to recreate my “flavors” to something that was more meaningful to me. Within SCO, the flavor determines the hardware resources for the deployed VM.
- nova flavor-list
- nova flavor-delete 2
- nova flavor-create CSI.1CPU.2GB_RAM.25GB_HD 18 2048 25 1
The environment is currently onboarding various test, development, and support teams. Stay tuned for user feedback on the new cloud environment.
The project background can be found in the original blog post at https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/blogs/9e696bfa-94af-4f5a-ab50-c955cca76fd0/entry/tivoli_it_transformation_drinking_our_own_champagne?lang=en.
Additional information can be found in the Cloud Provisioning and Orchestration community (https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/groups/service/html/communityview?communityUuid=e5a54efe-3c9f-491b-af2a-e5400516b5aal).