This is the default setup option in the TSAM installation and TSAM-VM-image which is included in the ISDM solution.
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The DBMS placement in Cloud Solutions based on Tivoli Provisioning Manager (TPM) / Service Automation Manager (TSAM) / Service Delivery Manager (ISDM), plays a significant role into overall product function, performance, and how this relates to the evolving workload.
A typical setup approach is to install TPM/TSAM with the DBMS co-located.
This is the default setup option in the TSAM installation and TSAM-VM-image which is included in the ISDM solution.
Over time, based on increasing workload, capacity planning, or production requirements, it may be desirable to move the local database to a remote node, with the goal to achieve greater scale and to exploit additional resources.
A white paper is available for this purpose in the Integrated Service Management Library.
The referenced paper, has been recently updated to version 2.4, and describes how to relocate the DBMS in existing TPM / TSAM / ISDM solutions.
A very interesting Cloud Computing case study of the Capgemini Infrastructure as a Service delivery platform project has been recently published on the Web:
The case study shows how one of the world’s leading infrastructure outsourcing providers has seen the business opportunity of offering to its clients a cloud-based solution that combines the benefits of a high-value infrastructure service provider with the cost advantages of Cloud computing. Capgemini focused the new cloud based services on delivering to their clients Infrastructure as a Service capabilities with much higher flexibility and substantial cost-efficiency.
In partnership with IBM, Capgemini built a fully integrated cloud delivery platform for clients in the UK and USA leveraging the Tivoli Service Delivery Manager solution that includes the IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager, Tivoli Monitoring and Tivoli Usage Accounting Manager products. On top of the IBM hardware BladeCenter HS22V and XIV Storage System technologies.
The key aspects of the solution built by Capgemini has been:
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IBM® Tivoli® Service Automation Manager (TSAM) has delivered yet another cloud extension that provides service offerings for automating the provisioning of network attached storage (NAS) with an NFS export name. The file systems can then be mounted into virtual machines provisioned within TSAM Virtual Servers Projects. The extension introduces the concept of Storage-only Project, which allows managing the entire life-cycle of the file systems (create, expand, set access, and destroy), in a secure multi-tenant environment. It works in integration with IBM N series and NetApp FAS series storage systems as sketched in the picture below.
Once you download the installation package from the Integrated Service Management Library (http://www.ibm.com/software/ismlibrary?NavCode=1TW10TS0F) and install it on top of TSAM 7.2.2 platform, your cloud administrator can easily configure the Extension for Network Attached Storage to provision NFS-mountable file systems. In fact, the extension provides a plug-in to the Cloud Storage Pool Administration TSAM application where she can enter the hostname of the workstation running the OnCommand NetApp management software, and the credentials to access it. Then the extension automatically discovers all the storage resources (NetApp Datasets) from the underlying storage systems and makes them visible as TSAM Storage Pools. At that point the cloud administrator can regulate access to the storage resources using the TSAM way of associating storage pools and quotas to customers, and that’s it, the extension is configured. Now you can delegate to your customers the management of storage up to the assigned quota: the customer administrators can start requesting storage for their virtual servers by creating storage projects and add, expand, and delete file systems. The entry point for this is the Tivoli Self Service Station – Storage Management folder (showed in the picture below).
Selecting the Create Storage Project offerings brings a simple user interface for requesting file systems and assigning them to teams of users (see example pictures below).
The customer administrator has to enter a prefix for the NFS export name, a TSAM Storage Pool from which to carve the storage, and the size of the file system, that’s it. She can decide to create many file systems with same characteristics by increasing the value of the “Number” spin control. She can decide to make the file systems available to all the teams of the customer by checking the “Access to All Teams” box: by default the storage is only visible to the team of users that owns the storage project.
Note that once the storage project has been created, the file systems cannot be mounted yet into virtual servers because there is no ACL set on the IBM N series boxes for them. To do so, the customer administrator creates TSAM Projects with Virtual Servers, and associates file systems to the virtual machines belonging to the project: the extension automatically updates the access control list (ACL) of the NFS export name adding the IP address of the virtual machines. When the user logs in, she can mount the file systems and use them (she gets the information of the NFS export name with a notification e-mail).
In summary, the predefined functions that you get with the TSAM Extension for NAS storage are:
- Service offerings for managing the entire life-cycle (create, expand, destroy, set access) of shared file systems accessible with the NFS protocol;
- Service offering for authorizing virtual servers to mount storage;
- Administrative graphical user interface for discovering NetApp Datasets into TSAM Storage Pools and restricting usage by customer.
There are no predefined features to create and manage NetApp Datasets neither vFilers to create customers silos. For example, what if you want to automate the creation of a vFiler and of a couple of storage pools – gold and silver, upon on-boarding of a new customer?
There are no predefined features to authorize the shared file systems to anything but a virtual server within virtual servers’ project. What if you want to automatically attach a file system to a VMWare Cluster as backend data store for VM images upon creation in a storage project?
Well, the TSAM Extension for NAS storage provides low-level Tivoli Provisioning Manager (TPM) Workflows and Tivoli Platform Automation engine (TPAe) Runbooks that can be used to implement such automations in custom extensions that you can write based on best practices described in the TSAM platform extensibility guide.
 This article focuses on a public cloud solution, where the service provider sells services to his customers. So, the cloud administrator is the administrator of the entire cloud platform, end the customer administrator is the administrator of the customer segment of the cloud.
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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 Provider
The following screenshots illustrate how the new cloud cost management capability delivers solutions to these problems. The new TSAM Extension for Usage and Accounting is available to download now via the ISM Library.
See the Prices for the different Cloud offerings and compare different options
The first dropdown in the view shown below shows the Offerings that are available to the customer. Offerings can be anything the Cloud provider chooses to make available, for example: Virtual Servers, Storage or even PaaS or Saas offerings. The consumer can see up front what the different rates are for each component, and compare these across different offering types.
See what it would cost per month to run a new project in the Cloud
In this example, we want to have one machine to run an Application Server and one machine to run a Database and we need additional Tier1 storage in order to store the database data. The calculator shows how much this will cost per month overall and in terms of the two Service Offerings that this particular Cloud provides.
Different customers can be assigned to different subscriptions
A subscription is a means to segment your customers into different groups such as by geography or customer type (direct, business partners etc).
In this example, the RATIONAL and TIVOLI customers are assigned to the US (United States) subscription. Customers with this subscription share the same set of available offerings and pay the same price for those offerings.
Offerings are defined once and then added to Subscriptions
Once they are part of a subscription, the actual rate values (price per unit) can be defined for each element of the offering template.
If you wish to join the TUAM group to get more involved in reviewing new features and testing beta capability, then let me know and I can send you an invite.
IBM’s hybrid cloud offering now enhanced with Tivoli extensions to monitor, secure, manage resources on both public and private clouds
Service Management Extensions for Hybrid Cloud is now available!
IBM’s hybrid cloud offering is now enhanced with Service Management extensions from Tivoli to monitor and secure the management of resources on both public and private clouds.
Service Management Extensions for Hybrid Cloud extend the capabilities of Tivoli service management and delivery solutions, including IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager, which enables users to request, deploy, monitor and manage cloud computing services to create a more modern and dynamic data center. IBM Tivoli Monitoring Software helps optimize IT infrastructure performance and availability. The extensions can help increase control over owned resources, better manage costs and data relocation processes, and help ensure the security of critical data and other assets.
Leveraging Service Management Extensions on Tivoli Service Automation Manager and Websphere Cast Iron Integration software, the Hybrid Cloud solution provides key capabilities that:
• Control and management: Define policies, monitoring and performance rules for the public cloud in the same way as on-premise resources. As a result, organizations can more easily control costs, IT capacity and regulatory concerns.
• Data Integration: Monitor, provision and integrate to support “cloud bursting”--dynamic relocation of workloads from private environments to public clouds during peak times.
• Security: Enable better control of users’ access by synching the user directories of on-premise and cloud applications. The automated synchronization means users can only gain entry to the information they are authorized to access.Service Management Extension are available free of charge via the IBM Integrated Service Management Library.
How extensions expand the reach of your Tivoli Service Automation Manager and IBM Service Delivery Manager solution
With our 7.2.2 release we enhanced our extensibility model. What does this mean for you?
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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 boot disk.
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
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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:
The following table shows the evolution in the TSAM/TUAM integration.
The diagram below show how the Usage and Accounting v1.0 extension facilitates the integration between TSAM and TUAM.
For more information about the Usage and Accounting v1.0 extension, log on to the Information Center.
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The IBM® Cloud Integration Lab has published a technical integration note titled CSP² Technical Integration Note: Managing the core system.
This technical integration note provides a general introduction to the IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform (CSP²) integrated solutions, and describes the Phase 1 solution in detail.
This technical integration note provides a Cloud Administrator with guidance on how to exploit the following capabilities in a cloud environment:
This technical integration note provides information about the following integration items for Phase 1:
To read this paper, click here.
To download the example files described in Appendix A, click here.