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I really liked the post “ Rapid deployments with IBM
SmartCloud Provisioning ” that explains
how simple and fast it is to deploy instances using SmartCloud Provisioning.
But if is also important to have a flexible way for passing parameters during
the deployment in order to configure and/or customize the deployed instances. IBM SmartCloud Provisioning provides in the
launch instance panel, and also using the CLI, the “user_data” text field that
can be used for this scope.
inspired to the Amazon EC2 instance metadata and... [More]
The open beta program for the upcoming IBM SmartCloud Provisioning release started: Freely download the code , run it unattended in your premises without the need to sign a non-disclosure agreement Discuss what you think about that on a dedicated forum Watch demonstrations of IBM SmartCloud Provisioning capabilities in the work and tell us if you like or do not like the newest features just clicking a button. Join our community to get early access to and provide feedback on cloud provisioning and orchestration technologies Stay tuned to the... [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]
A usual adoption
pattern for cloud computing are desktops. It's really straight
forward because in general each company has standardized desktops:
only some specific version of the operating system are supported,
only specific flavours, only some applications are allowed and
typically everything is managed by the IT team.
If we think at the
benefits of adopting desktop cloud, some of them really jump
powerfully in front of the eyes: the IT team can really enforce
standardization (e.g. you can select as desktop only one of... [More]
The fix is downloadable from Fix Central and it is identified as 1.2.0-TIV-ISCP-IF0001 It addresses the following problems:
The Activation Engine inside images built with Image Construction and Composition Tool hangs on configNTP.
The size of images checked out from Virtual Image Library in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning is zero.
Blank instance row in the webconsole
Instances running on the hypervisor are not shown in the output of iaas-describe-instances
Capturing the instance hosting Virtual Image Library... [More]
We're pleased to make available as a beta Service Health for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning. As this is a beta we welcome any and all feedback. Service Health (Beta) for IBM® SmartCloud Provisioning provides prebuilt integrations between IBM SmartCloud Provisioning and IBM SmartCloud Monitoring. This solution allows you to easily monitor your IBM SmartCloud Provisioning infrastructure to identify and react to issues in your environment. This solution is available via the IBM Integrated Service Management Library( ISML ). You can find... [More]
There is a brand new demo for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning 1.2. It is launchpad based hence allowing you to dive into various capabilities individually with a short and quick overview. It covers the main IBM SmartCloud Provisioning capabilities: fast virtual image provisioning easily extending your cloud infrastructure fault tolerance low touch image management: controlling image sprawl drift analysis image search Enjoy it clicking here
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]
SmartCloud Provisioning is an infr astr uctu re-a s-a- serv ice cloud able
to work with different types of hypervisors. You can easily install
and configure new compute nodes to run your virtual images on KVM,
VMWare and Xen.
is a very interesting sentence, and it seems to be very useful. First
time I read it, I thought: “Do I need to have 3 different images?
Can I have same image running on any hypervisor?” Answers are yes
to both question. Depending on how you would run your image you could
need have different images for... [More]
Cloud systems have made a huge
improvement in terms of tracking and performance. In “Rapid deployments with
IBM Smart Cloud Provisioning” blog, we have shown that virtual machines or
appliances can be started and configured in a matter of seconds. It has never
been so easy to create a virtual machine (VM), install software, and configure
middleware. However, with great power comes great responsibility… it is now
possible to create a VM, but what is its lifecycle? Will it be destroyed after
being used, is the starting image deprecated, or... [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]
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]
I've been impressed by the speed of
provisioning a set of virtual machines in just a few tens of seconds
using IBM Smart Cloud Provisioning. In most cases you can get a
running virtual machine in less than one minute.
The Smart Cloud Provisioning technology
has been devised and particularly optimized for managing the
following cloud infrastructure scenarios:
Infrastructure composed of
High level of standardization with
a relative small set of master images used to provision many
instances from the... [More]
IBM® Tivoli® Service Automation Manager (TSAM) 7.2.2 introduces the concept of extension, a set of TSAM software components that can implement a new IT service automation solution (known as a service definition) or add capabilities to existing service definitions. This article ( Deploy a J2EE app with TSAM extensions ) defines a scenario in which the desired result is to securely deploy a three-tiered enterprise application (a J2EE app) to the cloud. It demonstrates how to set up and provision extensions in TSAM as the first step to... [More]
With December's release of IBM SmartCloud Monitoring, Tivoli's venerable IBM Tivoli Monitoring product family, proven in data centers at the world's largest corporations, begins to adopt a "Cloud" posture. Sure, "Cloud" is a term bereft of a clear operational definition that we can apply at any given moment, and customers, analysts and vendors tend to bandy it about pretty freely these days. However, if we don't get too hung up what Cloud is or isn't, we can probably agree that it represents a migration from our... [More]