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Today IBM announced new SmartCloud Foundation capabilities to help organizations realize the potential of cloud computing. Watch the replay of the IBM SmartCloud launch webcast , to learn more about how the new announcements, including IBM SmartCloud Provisioning (delivered by IBM Service Agility Accelerator for Cloud ), can help customers move beyond virtualization to more advanced cloud deployments.
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]
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]
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: IBM Virtual Image Library v1.1 - Introduction IBM Virtual Image Library v1.1 - Search
Starting from December 9th 2011 IBM SmartCloud Provisioning 1.2 is available for download. The key features introduced in this release are:
Full product install through an interactive tool:
IBM SmartCloud Provisioning can now be installed using a graphical
wizard. Two flavours of the installer minimal and custom. The custom
installation allows to specify the number of instances of HBASE and
Zookeeper to be deployed. Moreover it allows to automatically configure
ESXi servers as compute node. The creation of the management... [More]
Modern Cloud infrastructures are built leveraging thousands of highly distributed servers, used to provide services directly to customers over the Internet. The service provider has two extremely important objectives, which, unfortunately, are to some degree contrasting: a) ensure continuous availability of the Cloud service, and b) contain the cost of the infrastructure and administration (CAPEX and OPEX). There are several factors that have an impact on the availability of services, mostly related to infrastructure failures. Failures are not... [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]
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]
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 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]
SmartCloud Provisioning is an infr astr uctu re-a s-a- serv ice cloud able
to work with different types of hypervisors. You can easily install
and configure new compute nodes to run your virtual images on KVM,
VMWare and Xen.
is a very interesting sentence, and it seems to be very useful. First
time I read it, I thought: “Do I need to have 3 different images?
Can I have same image running on any hypervisor?” Answers are yes
to both question. Depending on how you would run your image you could
need have different images for... [More]
SmartCloud Provisioning is designed to minimize the use of a centralized “command and control” approach, in favor of scale out management, where endpoints can participate in management activities and do not depend on a single configuration management database. This allows SmartCloud Provisioning to handle multiple provisioning tasks in parallel, across an unlimited number of servers. Cloud users can request deployments of virtual machines and have access to the provisioned systems in very few seconds, thanks to the parallel and distributed... [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
We're pleased to make available as a beta Service Health for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning. As this is a beta we welcome any and all feedback. Service Health (Beta) for IBM® SmartCloud Provisioning provides prebuilt integrations between IBM SmartCloud Provisioning and IBM SmartCloud Monitoring. This solution allows you to easily monitor your IBM SmartCloud Provisioning infrastructure to identify and react to issues in your environment. This solution is available via the IBM Integrated Service Management Library( ISML ). You can find... [More]