This is part of a series of meetings meant to increase knowledge of SmartCloud Orchestrator capabilities and functionalities.
The session will provide an overview of the SmartCloud Orchestrator 2.3 network management.
Speaker: Shuang Men
Date: August 20th 2014, from 16:30 to 17:30 ZE8
Meeting password: 12358
Call participant numbers: https://www.teleconference.att.com/servlet/glbAccess?process=1&accessNumber=08000001018&accessCode=23229148
Call participant code: 23229148
This is part of a series of meetings meant to increase knowledge of SmartCloud Orchestrator capabilities and functionalities.
Recommendations on Customers with Enterprise wide APM solutions that also want best of breed for SMEs
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I just posted the following blog that I thought this group might be interested in. It discussed the challenges of meeting the requirements of the lines of business and SME's while keeping down the costs of running a monitoring suite.
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You’re probably wondering what the classic cue for a film take has to do with DevOps. Well in fact there are many similarities between it and continuous software delivery. But before we go into movie making let’s set the stage. The emergence of big data, cloud and mobility to address today's business challenges is driving a proliferation of new applications on top of the core business applications from vendors such as SAP, Microsoft and Oracle. As a consequence, IT environments are becoming much more complex, more diverse, delivered across multiple form factors … and they are becoming even more interconnected and interdependent.
Now, DevOps plays a critical role in addressing the execution gap between the innovation seekers and those delivering the application innovation. It’s imperative to resolve this gap when you consider that nearly 50% of applications are rolled back after they are released to production. This problem is further exacerbated by the fact that minor code changes can take several weeks to be released to customers.
The good news is that IBM has developed a blueprint for continuous delivery of software innovation that helps resolve the execution gap. This is achieved by expanding the traditional notion of DevOps to unite customers, business owners and IT teams (development and operations) in a continuous feedback loop that balances quality, cost and speed. The result is higher productivity, quicker time to value and happier customers.
Looking under the DevOps covers you’ll see that lights are critical for continuous software delivery. These lights enable the developer to determine what is needed on the set prior to application deployment – essentially establishing the underlying environment.
With Continuous Release & Deployment, developers can request an application environment from the service catalog and provision and configure the servers and middleware to automate deployments and manage releases for test and production.
So the lights are turned on but you now need a camera to see the entire stage and zoom in on certain aspects of the set. The problem is that not all cameras are created equally and many don’t have the right lenses to provide both a micro and macro view of the environment. Similarly, many organizations today are managing their mission-critical applications in a fragmented manner with highly customized management solutions which lack automation and visibility across the complex landscape. The impact of a fragmented, incomplete service management strategy is staggering. Organizations are unable to assure service levels which leads to significant business disruptions that manifest themselves in multiple ways including lost revenue, customer dissatisfaction, and compliance/regulatory issues.
By driving visibility across the stage, organizations are able to truly transform their business and provide Continuous Monitoring across their entire infrastructure. Developer and IT operations teams are able to better understand the performance and availability of their applications and early feedback lowers cost of errors and change, and helps steer projects toward successful completion.
The lights are shining, the camera is turned on and the director yells out action! Scene 1 is taking place but the director notices that the lead actor just screwed up one word of his first line. Or perhaps one of the stage props fell during the shoot. No problem….the prop is reset, the actor gets his lines right and take 2 is successful.
In the DevOps domain, Continuous Feedback and Optimization is embedded into the structure so that problems are resolved fast and customer expectations are met. Collaborative incident management enables operations teams to check the status of defects affecting production, and to instantly notify development teams of problems found in production for faster resolution.
DevOps enables organizations to seize new market opportunities by quickly and efficiently deploying software innovation. This is achieved by embedding lights, camera and action into the architecture ie continuous deployment, monitoring and optimization. This continuous feedback loop helps drive quicker time to value of software and higher quality which in turn translates to improved customer satisfaction.
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TUC Webcast: Top 5 Reasons to check out the ‘Jazz For Service Management’ Beta!
This Webcast will introduce the Top 5 reasons TUC members should check out the Jazz for Service Management beta. The webcast will include a realtime, live demonstration of Jazz for Service Management, showcasing the value of linked data for simplifying integration across existing multivendor tools. It will also preview integration of IBM Tivoli Monitoring, Tivoli Application Dependency Discovery Manager, SmartCloud Control Desk, Tivoli Business Service Manager, and Omnibus.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS:
John Dinger is a Distinguished Engineer with IBM, focusing on Tivoli product development since 1999. John has worked in the field of management solutions and networking protocol development for over 30 years. His teams have built and delivered management products and solutions for Telecommunications and traditional Enterprise clients.
Christopher Lazzaro is the chief programmer of Jazz for Service Management. In this role, he leads the implementation of the services, and helps drive the cross product integration strategy at Tivoli.
The Official Tivoli User Community is the largest online and offline organization of Tivoli professionals in the world – home to over 160 local User Communities and dozens of virtual/global groups from 29 countries – with more than 26,000 members. The TUC community offers Users blogs and forums for discussion and collaboration, access to the latest whitepapers, webinars, presentations and research for Users, by Users and the latest information on Tivoli products. The Tivoli User Community offers the opportunity to learn and collaborate on the latest topics and issues that matter most. Membership is complimentary. Join NOW!
Two new additional reports are now available for IBM SmartCloud Cost Management to help you use the existing reports. These reports allow you to enter your parameter choices once, then call any of the other reports directly without having to re-enter the parameters.
The Navigation – Charge report allows you to run any of the reports that show charge information. These have been grouped to allow you to see the reports showing data across accounts, across rates and across time:
These reports can be downloaded from the ISM Library here.
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There is a new white paper available on the IBM Integrated Service Management Library ( ISML ) that explains how to use Tivoli Storage Manager to back up a VMware virtual machine that was deployed by the Workload Deployer in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning version 2.1.
The white paper explains how to locate, and back up the virtual machine in VMware using IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, and how to restore the virtual machine to the Workload Deployer environment.
The white paper can be downloaded from the IBM Integrated Service Management Library ( ISML ) following this link -> Backing up and Restoring Workload Deployer Virtual Machines Deployed in VMware
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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 services, but now with automated cloud and self service delivery models the teams responsible for change management and security can quickly become the bottleneck due to manual processes and siloed tools.
For example, organizations need the ability to patch all of their systems, both physical and virtual, whether distributed or part of a cloud. Operations teams need better insight into and control of deployed virtual systems, including OS patch levels, installed middleware applications and related security configurations. And there can be too many security exposures with offline and suspended VM’s that haven’t been patched in weeks or months.
A holistic approach is needed that addresses rapid provisioning of services and automation of key security and compliance requirements. Together these capabilities can keep you in control of rapidly changing cloud environments. First let’s look at the capabilities needed in a cloud provisioning solution.
Cloud provisioning should combine application and image provisioning for workload optimized clouds and deliver:
· Reduced costs with automated high-scale provisioning; multiple hypervisor options and HW of choice
· Accelerated time-to-market with standardized pattern-based deployment for workload optimized cloud
· Image sprawl prevention with in-built advanced image lifecycle management capabilities
· Ease of adoption and clear roadmap to move to advanced cloud capabilities
Second, a unified endpoint management approach is required to provide visibility and control of your systems, regardless of context, location or connectivity, and needs to deliver:
· Heterogeneous platform support with seamless patch management for multiple operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Unix, Linux and Mac OS, as well as hypervisor platforms
· Automatic assessment and “single click” remediation, which shortens time to compliance by automatically identifying necessary patches and enabling users to target and remediate endpoints quickly
· Enterprise-class scalability and security to provide proven scalability, including fine-grained authorization and access control capabilities
Explore these capabilities with the new IBM SmartCloud Patch Management.
New extensions released for TSAM 7.2.2 extend core capabilities and offer customers
• More secure customer networks
• Faster response, effectiveness and adaptation to Cloud users
• Lower storage costs managing shared virtual file systems
Network Extension for Juniper
Additional Virtual Disk Extension
Power is supported within Tivoli Service Automation Manager 7.2.2
Load Balancer Extension
Load balancing is one of the key values of any cloud project. The load balancer extension enables the definition of rules to automatically distribute the workload amongst VMs in the project whilst providing a single entry point (Virtual-IP) to external users (i.e. it presents itself as a single powerful machine to the user). Key Features include:
Two more TSAM extensions for Netapp Storage and Costing Preview will be available in December 2011.
The TSAM 7.2.2 extensions are available free of charge and can be downloaded from the IBM Service Management Library using the links bellow.
Network Extension for Juniper – Download here
Additional Virtual Disk Extension – Download here
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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):
The sessions will be focused on image management.
No password is required
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Best practices for cloud service management - Nov 8, 12-1EST
Organizations today are looking to cloud computing to deliver cost savings and faster service delivery. However, most organizations are still struggling to have the basic IT infrastructure that is necessary to take the leap to a robust cloud. This session will explain how service management can help provide the essentials to maintain service levels in the cloud and best practices based on IBM's work with customers. This information will provide the foundation for building and managing a cloud to meet your business objectives and transform IT.https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/signup.do?source=swg-tivoli-nov8managingcloud Performance management in the cloud - Nov 15, 12-1EST Cloud services can leverage everything from databases to mainframe transactions to SOA services, so the ability to see how all these different touch points are performing is critical. See how integrated service management can provide the capabilities you need to monitor and manage today's cloud based services and help you meet your service level goals.https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/signup.do?source=swg-tivoli-nov15managingcloud
Performance management in the cloud - Nov 15, 12-1EST
Cloud services can leverage everything from databases to mainframe transactions to SOA services, so the ability to see how all these different touch points are performing is critical. See how integrated service management can provide the capabilities you need to monitor and manage today's cloud based services and help you meet your service level goals.https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/signup.do?source=swg-tivoli-nov15managingcloud
This week IBM is delivering enhanced capabilities to optimize IT service delivery through a new release of IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager--providing even greater value to customers. TSAM enables a more modern and dynamic data center, allowing users to request, deploy, monitor and manage cloud computing services. Key differentiators include solution transparency, ease of use and cost savings.The new release allows IT service providers to onboard multiple customers, deploy IT services very quickly across multiple platforms and hypervisors, maximize resource utilization and drive cloud operations effectiveness and efficiency by adding storage support and expanding on network integration. http://www-01.ibm.com/software/tivoli/products/service-auto-mgr/