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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]
If you ever observed babies playing, you'll notice that at a certain point in their development, the idea of property comes into the game: "this is my toy, I'll not let you play with that". Usually parents needs to invest some time to make the baby understanding the value of sharing things: "the toy remains yours, but you can enjoy sharing it with other babies... If you are kind and polite the other babies may share in their turn their toys with you". Usually this trick work. The next step will be that they will start... [More]
A new beta drop for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning is available. Here below you can see the list of key functionalities included: Live migration: move persistent images across compute nodes Evacuate deployed VMs running on a compute node through "pause migration" virtual
machines take over: start managing images you have on the hypervisor
even if they've not been created by SmartCloud Provisioning Group level administration: share images, networks, volumes, and elastic IPs among users belonging to the same group Deploy persistent... [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 presentation and demo session for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning held on thursday, April 26th at 3:00 PM central european time (CET) The presentation will be around architectural changes in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning.
The demo will be about registering High Scale Low Touch as cloud group in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning. If you would like to join, using your web browser, connect to http://www.ibm.com/collaboration/meeting/join?id=LMT71CA No password is required To join the conference call: Partecipant pass-code: 44575493 Country ... [More]
A new beta drop for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning is available. Here below you can see the list of key functionalities included: Live migration: move persistent images across compute nodes virtual machines take over: star managing images you have on the hypervisor even if they've not been created by SmartCloud Provisioning Group level administration: share images, networks, volumes, and elastic IPs among users belonging to the same group Integration with Microsoft Active Directory Deploy images with multiple volumes Diagnostic tool for problem... [More]
One of the messages behind cloud computing is "pay-per-use": the adoption of a virtualized, standardized, self service and automated environment should come with the possibility to be charged only for the used resources. IBM SmartCloud Provisoning comes with an idea of low complexity, low administration and ease of use. Keeping these messages in mind, I was thinking at how to extract metering information. I had in mind something easy, doable also by people who definitely do not want to invest in programming, that does not need any... [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]
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
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]
If you would like to try out IBM SmartCloud Provisioning 1.2 core functionalities but you are worried you do not have time to spend installing it or you do not have enough hardware, you can download a special demo package from Integrated Service Management Library It gets installed in a single physical box. The system must use x86_64 processors that support virtualization. In addition to that you need at least 3 GB memory and 30 GB disk space The required operating system for this installation is Linux CentOS 6.0 64 bits. In addition to that... [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]