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I wanted to let everyone know that a Trial Virtual Machine is available for the SmartCloud Monitoring version 7.2 FP1 product. The Trial provides a 90 day trial of the software to monitor your virtualized environment and includes the Capacity Planning tools for VMware and PowerVM. These tools can help you optimize your virtualized environment and save money.
Within a few hours you can have the Virtual Machine up and running and monitoring your Virtualized environment.
This is a... [More]
IBM made a significant commitment to OpenStack by joining the OpenStack Foundation as a Platinum Member. The IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator v2.2 product has adopted OpenStack to provide enterprises the functionality needed to effectively create and manage their cloud implementations.
The IBM Cloud Labs team is innovating in the area of cloud analytics. A new feature has been created named Information Hub for SmartCloud Orchestrator that adds exciting new reporting dashboards. The new... [More]
Is Cloud the Next Utility , hmmm there's an interesting thought. I know many of us are still trying to define "what is Cloud" and "what does Cloud mean for my business." I spend my days in IBM's Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure team working on bringing "Cloud Solutions" to our customers. This turns out to be simply helping customers use what they have, maybe with a little twist, to build out their data center in a more robust, efficient manner. It's all about helping them meet... [More]
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Virtualization, cloud computing, and the consumerization of IT continue to drive fundamental shifts in data center management priorities. Many organizations are implementing multi-hypervisor architectures and hybrid public and private cloud strategies.
Advanced automation and orchestration solutions are key to helping IT data center operations teams effectively manage increasingly complex enterprise computing environments.
I am pleased to announce that we have a new public forum for SmartCloud Orchestrator where users can discuss technical topics related to the product and address questions they might have.
SmartCloud Orchestrator has just been released. It is IBM's new private cloud offering based on OpenStack and other cloud standards.
You can read more about it in the Announcement Letter and we would be very happy to see you join the SmartCloud Orchestrator beta program.
This forum is a discussion platform and does... [More]
Please join the Tivoli User Community for a live Webcast, Best Practices in Data Center Infrastructure Management with the new IBM and Emerson Network Power Solution , on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM ET USA.
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IBM and Emerson Network Power have recently partnered to provide an end-to-end Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solution. This solution combines Tivoli's IT Service Management expertise with Emerson's real-time infrastructure... [More]
IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator , the first new private cloud offering based on OpenStack and other cloud standards, is now available. Users are looking for Cloud solutions that increase agility, cost savings and offer a competitive advantage. IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator exceeds those needs:
Patterns of expertise learned from decades of successful Client and Partner Engagements - SmartCloud Orchestrator captures best practices for complex tasks, abstracted not hardcoded. Built in best practices KPIs, Measurement & Policies... [More]
A Control Center for Next Generation IT Asset and Service Management
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In 2012, IBM
introduced the IBM SmartCloud Control Desk, a unified platform for IT Service
In Feb 2013,
we released updates to SmartCloud Control Desk, adding more features, and
another step towards... [More]
The challenges of
virtualized environments are driving the shift to greater integration of
service management capabilities such as image and patch management, high-scale
provisioning, monitoring, storage and security. Join us for this webcast to learn how
organizations can realize the full benefits of virtualization to reduce
management costs, decrease deployment time, increase visibility into
performance and maximize utilization.
If you're in North America, register here for the April 16th session: http:// bit.ly/Y1X32g If you're in... [More]
My team and I have been heads down working to get Smart Cloud Orchestrator , our newest cloud offering, to market. Last week we had our annual Pulse conference in Vegas. I'm just recovering from its aftermath now and wanted to write a short blog about the experience. It should be no surprise that folks like James Governer of Redmonk offered some interesting perspectives along with Infoworld , and Wired . While I am very pleased to hear the overwhelmingly positive press coverage, I am truly stoked about the direct customer feedback I... [More]
Determine the right cloud orchestration strategy to
address the unique needs and pain points of your organization while increasing
productivity and spurring innovation. And learn more about the recently announced orchestration capabilities from IBM that leverage OpenStack to manage heterogeneous hybrid environments. Sign up today!
Here at Pulse the best part, for
me, are the client conversations. The efforts of clients to understand our IBM
categories and for me to understand the customers’ scenario have led to
interesting exchanges and raised some strange questions. Talking to a business partner,
I found myself asking "What is the shape of your computation?" Does
it look like a banana or a dolphin ? A whale tail or a multi-drop jet ? A rhizome or a Pacific atoll map ?
Does it matter? It is
certainly a useful insight to visualise the general... [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
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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]
Please join the Tivoli User
Community for their next webcast on IBM Smartcloud Consumer Monitoring. This webcast will be held on
Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 11:00 AM ET, USA. Reserve your webcast seat now
IBM SmartCloud Consumer Monitoring is a new product
developed for cloud consumers and service providers. An innovative new architecture embeds
monitoring technology in library images, so newly deployed VMs are discovered
and monitored within seconds of being instantiated. “Fabric Nodes” used innovative... [More]
Even though server proliferation can be partially addressed through virtualization, the usage of virtual and physical assets becomes complex to accurately assess or manage. Cost management is crucial to integrate into overall service management, especially with a move into cloud. This webcast discusses how to implement a financial management roadmap and the key requirements for cloud transparency-- the ability to allocate IT costs, usage, and value. Register today: http://bit.ly/VXXxl3
Are you a cloud addicted? Do you want to be always updated on the latest technologies? Do you want to contribute to development decisions in the IBM SmartCloud Provisioning world? Are just curios to see what's cooking in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning development? If you answered "yes", have a look at the Upcoming Feature page in the IBM SmartCloud Provisioning WIKI . It starts getting populated with recorded demos and screenshots showing what is currently into the developers'mind. Each page is equipped with a set of buttons to... [More]
My three favorite things about OpenStack are
The People The Innovation The Interoperability
San Diego was my second OpenStack summit. Many of the same faces were in the design
summit sessions I attended, but there were many new faces as well. One of the most exciting observations from
the Folsom design summit was the incredible talent pool assembled. The Grizzly summit was no different – it’s
great to interact with so many incredibly smart, deep and experienced
people. I’m convinced that a single
company could... [More]
DevOps has become something of a buzzword lately but the idea behind it can be truly powerful. Using a combination of technology and best practices to increase collaboration between development and operations teams can accelerate the application development lifecycle while improving software quality and reducing costs. For many, the development process has become more complex and segregated from operations. Factors such as inefficient communications, manual processes and poor visibility into the deployment process result in production... [More]
Was out for a few drinks last week with friends from the
local tech community where we try to solve the world’s problems. We were enjoying sitting in the sunshine and
warm weather on the patio of a local brewery discussing the interesting topics
of the week. Before we got into the
presidential election the talk turned to virtualization, of course, and the
current directions their companies are taking.
Everyone has heard about the pricing actions from VMware causing major
concerns from their customers, but these topics to me always... [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]
Earlier today, IBM shared its point of view on the future of the data center with Smarter Computing V3 , a cross-IBM set of products and technologies that ena ble a smarter planet through Cloud, Data and Security.
A central focus is IBM Enterprise Systems (zEnterprise EC12 and Power)
and their ability to deliver exceptional value through a Cloud-optimized
IT infrastructure. We've seen how organizations have been able to
leverage IBM Enterprise Systems to achieve significant benefits. Take
the City of Honolulu for example which was... [More]
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While virtualization can produce significant cost savings as a result of
reducing infrastructure overhead, it does not address the single-largest cost
element for most data centers—the labor to manage this environment—which can be
as high as 40 percent of the overall cost. If not controlled, management costs
can negate the cost savings realized through... [More]
Hosted by developerWorks: 27 September 2012, 10:30 a.m.
11:30 a.mEST Most organizations are embracing virtualization and some level of
cloud computing. They
are facing the inevitable problems associated with security and VM
sprawl which results from the rapid proliferation of virtual machines.
Two of the most critical problems to address in virtual machine
management are the patching of all these new virtual systems and
ensuring that they are complaint with corporate and security standards. Join
this session... [More]
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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,
Orchestration can be one of those ambiguous concepts in cloud computing, with varying definitions on when cloud capabilities truly advance into the orchestration realm. Frequently it’s defined simply as automation = orchestration .
But automation is just the starting point for cloud. And as organizations move from managing their virtualized environment, they need to aggregate capabilities for a private cloud to work effectively. The automation of storage, network, performance and provisioning are all aspects handled in... [More]
Do you know that a special limited time offer went live on August 14th 2012? The offer ends on November 14th 2012 The promotion cuts 50% list price for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning. For example, for USA, the price gets down from 250 USD per RVU to 125 USD per RVU. Moreover you can download from here a 60 day no charge trial. IBM SmartCloud Provisioning seamlessly integrates with key IBM offerings for advanced levels of monitoring, security, storage and cloud optimization. Join the cloud management integrations community and learn more about... [More]
Get involved with the new IBM DevOps project and beta on Jazz.net-- IBM SmartCloud Continuous Delivery is an agile, scalable and flexible solution for end-to-end lifecycle
management and automation, creating an environment that takes
collaboration between Development and Operation teams to the next level. Learn 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]
Being VMware one of most used hypervisor, it is a common scenario to have an already exiting cloud environment based on a vCenter hypervisor manager and a new cloud environment based on IBM SmartCloud Provisioning. In this scenario end user would usually starts to sue new environment but working with already existing images, containing known software as well as all required settings fulfilling company rules. Manually running this task could not be so easy especially if new IBM SmartCloud Provisioning environment is only based on KVM... [More]