I've recorded a couple demo movies to show the capabilities of the new IBM Virtual Image Library v1.1 that comes with the SmartCloud Provisioning v1.2 product. You can use the links below to go directly to the movies:
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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 allow cloud administrators to easily maintain compliance over their virtualized network.
IBM SmartCloud Provisioning v2.1 as well as IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager v8.2 need to be available. If you are participating in the IBM SmartCloud Provisioning v2.1 beta and have IBM Tivoli Endpoint Manager, consider using Endpoint security as well.
Demo videos about Endpoint security for SmartCloud Provisioning v2.1 can be found here: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/servicemanagement/cvm/cmi/security.html
This solution is available via the IBM Integrated Service Management Library (ISML). You can find it here -> Endpoint security for SmartCloud Provisioning v2.1 Beta Trial.
We welcome any and all feedback.
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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 most cases by various solutions that have been added on over time as needs increase. Even for organizations that take a transformational approach -- jumping to an advanced cloud to optimize their data centers -- the management of heterogeneous environments with disparate systems can be a challenge not simply addressed by automation alone. As the saying goes, “If you automate a mess, you get an automated mess.”
The need to orchestrate really becomes clear when various aspects of cloud management are brought together. The value to the organization at this stage of cloud is simplifying the management of automation – otherwise a balancing act to manage multiple hypervisors, resource usage, availability, scalability, performance and more -- based on business needs from the cloud, with the ultimate goal of delivering services faster.
With orchestration, the pieces are woven together and can be managed more effectively to ensure smooth and rapid service delivery -- and delivered in a user-friendly catalog of services easily accessible through a single pane of glass. In essence, cloud orchestration = automation + integration + best practices.
Without cloud orchestration, it’s difficult to realize the full benefits of cloud computing. The stitching together of best practices and automated tasks and processes becomes essential to optimize a wide spectrum of workloads types.