Interim fix 1 for IBM Service Agility Accelerator for Cloud 1.1 (
1.1.0-TIV-ISAAC-IF0001) has been published.
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 change the administrator's password if it is prepared by sysprep.
For further details read the readme file associated with the interim fix
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Particularly interesting to customers who are running a cloud solution based on Tivoli Service Automation Manager 7.2.1:
Fixpack 5 for Tivoli Service Automation Manager 7.2.1 is now available for download from IBM Support Fix Central
This is an important quality fixpack which also contains performance improvements, for example in the area of
IBM Tivoli Monitoring support.
With the most recent additions, there are now several extensions available for Tivoli Service Automation Manager (TSAM) which you might find useful for extending your TSAM solution:
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IBM Service Agility Accelerator for Cloud V1.1.0 delivers an entry-level cloud solution to fulfill demand for rapid deployment of virtual machines (VM) and associated server images in high-volume or low-volume environments. It enables VM deployment and low-touch characteristics for businesses to provide cloud services within dynamically changing environments.
IBM Service Agility Accelerator for Cloud V1.1.0 capabilities for high-scale, low-touch VM deployment allows enterprises and cloud service providers to give their users fast and flexible access to VMs and storage on demand over the network. It is highly resilient both to failures of the service and to failures of the components underpinning the cloud infrastructure. Conflicts are reduced because load and demand balancing are carried out based on the real system state.
Differentiating characteristics of IBM Service Agility Accelerator for Cloud:
- Rapid image deployment
- Rapid automated recovery from provisioning errors since failures are retried automatically with little or no manual intervention (compared to hours or even days for traditional manual recovery)
- Scalable to handle high volumes of simultaneous requests, over 4,000 VMs per hour (compared to 20 to 200 VMs per hour using traditional deployment)
- Increased time-to-value implementation by leveraging virtual images to install the solution, which translates into an installed solution in hours compared to weeks or months using traditional software installation methods
- Designed to provide enhanced return on investment (ROI) for virtualized environments
- Can provide low cost, lightweight introduction to cloud technology with highly automated, fault tolerant, rapid deployment of VMs
- Can help improve performance against service level agreements (SLAs) through highly automated, fault tolerant parallel deployment of VMs
- Can help reduced operational expense through self-service UI, fault tolerance, and automatic error recovery
- Is designed to deliver rapid time to value and unmatched automation and performance.
More details here in the Announcement Letter
With our 7.2.2 release we enhanced our extensibility model. What does this mean for you?
- private and public cloud service providers can extend their solution by adding extensions to their environment. For example they may want support for specific network or storage use cases.
You will see extensions appear over the next weeks and months on the ISM library.
- ISVs, SIs, customers and IBMers can contribute to the extension community by building and uploading their accelerators.
How you build Tivoli Service Automation Manager extension is described in the extensions guide.
Extension can vary in value and complexity depending on the business and technical objectives.
You can just change the UI branding or implement sophisticated custom workflows.
Here an overview of the extension points:
IBM® Tivoli® Service Automation
Manager (TSAM) has delivered a new extension to configure
extra disks in addition to the boot disk when requesting virtual machines
within a Project with VMWare servers. Downloading the installation package from
the Integrated Service Management Library and installing it on top of TSAM 7.2.2
platform enables the cloud administrator to prepare and manage a multi-tenant, customer-segregated
environment for hosting the additional disks. In particular, the cloud
administrator can select the VMWare data stores that he wants to use for
additional disks grouping them in TSAM storage pools that can be then
associated with one or more customers (*), meaning that only those customers
can carve storage from the data stores. She can also limit the amount of
storage that each customer can use on a TSAM storage pool. Finally, the cloud
administrator can flag this type of TSAM storage pool to be thin provisioned.
Once the cloud administrator has
prepared the environment, then the users of the cloud can request virtual
machines equipped with extra disks – in addition to the boot disk, taken from
one of the TSAM storage pools they are authorized to. The extension
automatically formats and attaches the disks to the virtual machines, so when
the users log in they can start working.
The life-cycle of the extra disks is
tied to the life-cycle of the virtual machine to avoid any inconsistency of
data, which means that they are saved, restored, and deleted together with the
The Extension for Additional
Disk has some gaps that should be filled in one of next releases: the
users cannot expand extra disks and cannot modify the configuration of a
virtual machine to attach or detach extra disks.
(*) This article focuses on a public
cloud solution, where the service provider sells services to his customers. The cloud administrator is the administrator of the entire cloud platform.
After releasing Tivoli Service Automation Manager 7.2.2 in July with a great deal of new capabilities to cover customer use cases, now IBM Service Delivery Manager 7.2.2 is available.
In addition to leveraging Tivoli Service Automation Manager V7.2.2, it
- Adds new monitoring capabilities of the virtualized infrastructure
through Tivoli Monitoring
for Virtual Servers V6.2.3
- Provides enhanced metering and accounting capabilities, leveraging Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager
- Is delivered as a set of virtual machines for simplified deployment
and can help recognize faster time-to-value
More details here in the Announcement Letter
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In case you have not come across this interesting application of Cloud Computing: the economy in Bari and its territory (the southern Italian region of Puglia) is based on small and medium-size businesses, primarily in agriculture and food products. To help sustain development, the University of Bari
built a system that enables fishermen, wine growers and others to contract for services through a portal decreasing time-to-market, reducing transportation costs and the amount of products wasted.
You will find a video with more details about this solution in this article
Fixpack 5 for Tivoli Service Automation Manager 7.2.0 was just made available for download from Fix Central
. It is recommended that customers upgrade to this latest quality fixpack.