Welcome to the Cloud/ Virtualization Management Blog, where you can read the perspectives from Cloud and Virtualization experts. This Blog provides insights into the Cloud/Virtualization Management solution, as well as technical details about specific IBM
We know that cloud computing offers a myriad of benefits like rapid service delivery and lower operating costs. But it can also lead to challenges in data governance, access control, activity monitoring and visibility of dynamic resources—in essence, all aspects of IT security. The IT organization must have the capabilities to both deliver services more quickly to meet the demands of the business and be able to provide high levels of security and compliance. In the past the delivery of the services was typically the bottleneck in providing new... [More]
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... [More]
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]
Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager (TUAM) development are pleased to announce the release of the IBM® Tivoli® Service Automation Manager (TSAM) - Extension for Usage and Accounting v1.0. This TSAM extension delivers cloud cost management capability by enhancing the integration, reporting and services between TUAM and TSAM. The extension allows cloud users to view historical invoice reports that show the charges associated with each project. The Usage and Accounting v1.0 extension provides the following features: Easier Cloud Usage Report... [More]
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]
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]
Service Health for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning has officially GA'ed and is now available on IBM Integrated Service Management Library ( ISML ). Service Health provides pre - built integrations between IBM SmartCloud Provisioning and IBM SmartCloud Monitoring utilizing a custom agent, OS agents, and the ITMfVE agents. A product provided navigator offers a concise overview on the health of the IBM SmartCloud Provisioning infrastructure enabling the ability to identify and react to issues in your environment quickly minimizing the impact, such as... [More]
liked the post “ Rapid deployments with IBM
SmartCloud Provisioning ” that explains
how simple and fast it is to deploy instances using SmartCloud Provisioning.
But after the instances are deployed the next question is:
How can I "easily" monitor the
performance and availability of the OS and applications of launched
solution is to integrate IBM SmartCloud Provisioning with IBM
Tivoli Monitoring (ITM) so that all the running instances will be
connected to the ITM Server... [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]
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]
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
V7.3 Is delivered as a set of virtual machines for simplified... [More]
As businesses adopt cloud environments to control IT complexity, pool resources, and improve cost efficiencies, the TUAM development team have been engaged in evolving the usage and accounting capability in IBM Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager (TUAM) beyond traditional Enterprise charge-back. In such a shared cloud environment the ability to accurately assess which IT resources and services are being utilized, how much they are being utilized, and by whom is fundamental if service providers are to justify the cost of the IT resource and... [More]
Welcome to the Cloud/Virtualization Management blog. This
blog is one of several within the Service Management Connect community,
and its purpose is to provide readers with ideas and perspectives about
the Cloud/Virtualization Management solution directly from the
technical experts. Follow this blog, and you can get tips, tricks, and
perspectives on several Cloud/Virtualization Management topics, including: Installation Integration Performance Customization Technical tips and tricks More... If you have specific topics for which... [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]
This webcast will be held on June 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM ET USA
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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.
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
Please join the Tivoli User Community for a live Webcast
and opportunity for Q&A, Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM ET USA and 6:00
PM ET USA.
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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
About this Webcast:
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]