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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... [More]
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... [More]
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]
I wanted to let everyone know that a Trial Virtual Machine is available for the SmartCloud Monitoring version 7.2 FP1 product. The Trial provides a 90 day trial of the software to monitor your virtualized environment and includes the Capacity Planning tools for VMware and PowerVM. These tools can help you optimize your virtualized environment and save money.
Within a few hours you can have the Virtual Machine up and running and monitoring your Virtualized environment.
This is a... [More]
Service Health for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning has officially GA'ed and is now available on IBM Integrated Service Management Library ( ISML ). Service Health provides pre - built integrations between IBM SmartCloud Provisioning and IBM SmartCloud Monitoring utilizing a custom agent, OS agents, and the ITMfVE agents. A product provided navigator offers a concise overview on the health of the IBM SmartCloud Provisioning infrastructure enabling the ability to identify and react to issues in your environment quickly minimizing the impact, such as... [More]
With December's release of IBM SmartCloud Monitoring, Tivoli's venerable IBM Tivoli Monitoring product family, proven in data centers at the world's largest corporations, begins to adopt a "Cloud" posture. Sure, "Cloud" is a term bereft of a clear operational definition that we can apply at any given moment, and customers, analysts and vendors tend to bandy it about pretty freely these days. However, if we don't get too hung up what Cloud is or isn't, we can probably agree that it represents a migration from our... [More]
With the proliferation of cloud computing, many businesses are starting to adopt a service provider model—either as a deliberate strategy to establish new revenue streams or, in some cases, inadvertently to support the growing needs of their organizations. This is especially true for companies with diverse needs, whether they’re tech companies with dev teams churning out new apps and services, or business owners driving requirements for SaaS services and cloud capabilities to enhance their data center operations. In any event, the distinction... [More]
My three favorite things about OpenStack are
The People The Innovation The Interoperability
San Diego was my second OpenStack summit. Many of the same faces were in the design
summit sessions I attended, but there were many new faces as well. One of the most exciting observations from
the Folsom design summit was the incredible talent pool assembled. The Grizzly summit was no different – it’s
great to interact with so many incredibly smart, deep and experienced
people. I’m convinced that a single
company could... [More]
The IBM® Image Construction and Composition Tool is a web application that simplifies and automates virtual image creation for public and private cloud environments, shielding the differences in cloud implementations from its users. This white paper provides Software Specialists and other product experts with helpful tips and techniques to plan, design, and create software bundles in the Image Construction and CompositionTool.
Is Cloud the Next Utility , hmmm there's an interesting thought. I know many of us are still trying to define "what is Cloud" and "what does Cloud mean for my business." I spend my days in IBM's Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure team working on bringing "Cloud Solutions" to our customers. This turns out to be simply helping customers use what they have, maybe with a little twist, to build out their data center in a more robust, efficient manner. It's all about helping them meet... [More]
The new capacity planning tool, now available in Beta, will unlock the value of Tivoli Monitoring and Warehouse and enable a rich set of analytics on the existing data. This new capability will enable you to Understand and plan your virtual environments pro-actively , initially for VMWare Minimize risks in your plan Optimize how you use capacity in the environment with intelligent workload sizing and placement Apply business and technical policies to keep your environment efficient and risk-free Make changes in a what-if analysis framework and... [More]
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]
With the barrage of cloud news constantly hitting the market, it can be challenging for organizations to differentiate between all of the solutions and capabilities out there. But with the latest cloud offering from IBM, the value proposition is quite simple—you get a low-cost, low-risk entry to cloud computing with compelling features. This is especially important for organizations who are still trying to leverage the cost savings of virtualization. Our customers have told us they’re looking to cloud computing to increase agility—the ability... [More]
It’s been estimated that the number of virtual machines in data centers has increased at least tenfold in the last decade. More than fifty percent of virtualized environments now have more than one brand of hypervisor. The hypervisor promise of cutting infrastructure expense has given way to increases in licensing costs of more than three hundred percent. And the average number of images destroyed? Nobody knows. In short, the challenges of managing virtualized environments are mounting. The benefits of virtualization—from cost and labor savings... [More]
As customers consolidate and virtualize application workloads along their journey toward Cloud, the cost savings that they had envisioned often prove elusive. True efficiency comes from the ability to right-size both the environment and the virtual workloads - in response to actual performance data, rather than theoretical estimates – in order to create an optimized Cloud infrastructure that runs densely enough to provide true consolidation while maintaining application service levels and room for expansion. The migration to a Cloud... [More]