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In this topic, I will talk about how to setup a Virtual Server and Bare Metal server mixed environment on Softlayer. It could provide the compute-bound or I/O-bound service to customer. I will describe how to use the hybrid environment in development and production phase.
The Virtual Machine and Bare Metal server are both hosted by Softlayer. The mixed environment provide flexible capability for calculation, are easy to scale up and save the infrastructure cost. Softlayer supports to migrate the env from... [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]
In this new post I would like to introduce a new function added in
Image Construction and Composition Tool (ICCT) 1.2, it is the capability to extend a Windows base image available in IBM Smart Cloud
Provisioning 2.1. In fact in ICCT 1.2 it's possible to: - import a Windows base image available in IBM Smart Cloud
Provisioning 2.1 - extent it adding Windows bundles created using ICCT 1.2 - capture it in order to have in IBM Smart Cloud
Provisioning 2.1 a new extended Windows image It is provided using the same User Interface and the... [More]
The solution Endpoint security for SmartCloud Provisioning v2.1 has been published on IBM Integrated Service Management Library (ISML). The purpose of Endpoint security for SmartCloud Provisioning v2.1 is to demonstrate how IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager can be integrated with the IBM SmartCloud Provisioning Infrastructure. Endpoint security for SmartCloud Provisioning will generate the components required by IBM SmartCloud Provisioning 2.1 to automatically install IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager agents when deploying virtual systems. This will... [More]
In this new post I would like to describe how you can script the building of virtual images using the Image Construction and Composition Tool provided by IBM Smart Cloud Provisioning.
The upcoming release of IBM Smart Cloud Provisioning 2.1 embeds, among other things, a new version of the Image Construction and Composition Tool. Image Construction and Composition Tool allows to build virtual images that are self-descriptive, customizable and manageable; at the end it produces Open Virtualization Appliance (OVA) images that can be... [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]
In this new blog post I would like to
describe a root-cause detection scenario using IBM Smart Cloud
Given the ever increasing number of
virtual machine instances and VM images in a cloud ecosystem it is
becoming more and more important to track each of virtual image's
contents and configuration mainly for standardization and
Another situation where tracking this
content may also be useful is when there is the need to identify the
"drift" between a deployed virtual machine and 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]
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]
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]
I'm a big fan of standardization. I'm a big fan of using non-persistent images as well. They just make my life so much easier. The only issue I see with them is the need anyway to provide to the end user some configuration and customization possibilities. It could be something trivial like having your own screen saver, or a special keyboard and language configuration or it could be something like connecting the softwares inside the image to some specific devices, disks or additional, external software. I even do not want to think about having a... [More]
The IBM® Image Construction and Composition Tool is a web application that simplifies and automates virtual image creation for public and private cloud environments, shielding the differences in cloud implementations from its users. This white paper provides Software Specialists and other product experts with helpful tips and techniques to plan, design, and create software bundles in the Image Construction and CompositionTool.
We’re getting really good at deploying images. The new SmartCloud Provisioning product makes
image deployment faster and easier then ever.
While the speed and simplicity is cool, left unchecked, image sprawl
issues may catch up with you faster than ever.
Virtual image sprawl is a reasonably new phenomena derived
from the ease of capturing and creating new virtual images. Virtualization and cloud computing make it
very easy to create new virtual images.
As image catalogs grow, finding and locating the right images... [More]
As part of the transparent development initiative, IBM SmartCloud Provisioning (formerly known as IBM Service Agility Accelerator for Cloud) launches a series of daily demos, starting from November 7th. Every session will take about one hour. In this way you can have a look in almost real time at what is happening in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning development, learn about new and enhanced capabilities. If you are interested in joining the sessions, here is the schedule in Central European Time (CET): Monday at 4:00 PM Tuesday at 11:00 AM... [More]