We are looking for customers and business partners who are interested in participating in a Beta program for Tivoli zEnterprise Monitoring and Discovery. The Beta program provides participants with the opportunity to get an early look at this future product capability with new problem solving capabilities for the IBM zEnterprise platform and provide feedback directly to the Development team.
There will be 2 options offered to Beta program participants:
Participants can download Beta code from a web site and install it in their own test environment. This option has specific pre-reqs.
Participants can test the Beta code running in an IBM hosted Cloud environment which includes a simulated IBM zEnterprise environment. This would allow participants to test and provide feedback on the Tivoli functionality.
Participants are welcome to take advantage of either or both of the options to test the early code.
Customers and business partners are not required to have zEnterprise hardware currently installed in order to participate in testing Beta code via the IBM hosted environment. However, knowledge of zEnterprise architecture (z196 CEC, ZBX, zManager) and of the Tivoli monitoring platform is recommended.
The Beta will include communication with the Development team via web conference and web discussion forum. The Development team is eager to get feedback from customers and business partners on the enhancements in the release. Feedback will be used to validate and shape this release and also future releases of the product.
We understand that participants have primary duties to perform at their companies and many demands on their time, there is no minimum time commitment in order to participate in the Beta program.
Participant benefits of a successful Beta Program include:
The opportunity to influence this product release and future directions
The ability to validate product code and documentation to ensure compatibility
The opportunity to obtain support from Development during the Beta Program
Please contact Nate Gaffaney (email@example.com) if you would be interested in this Beta or if you have any questions. The two steps to register are to complete a form with background information and to agree to an online Beta license.
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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.
With the most recent additions, there are now several extensions available for Tivoli Service Automation Manager (TSAM) which you might find useful for extending your TSAM solution:
Particularly interesting to customers who are running a cloud solution based on Tivoli Service Automation Manager 7.2.1:
Fixpack 5 for Tivoli Service Automation Manager 7.2.1 is now available for download from IBM Support Fix Central
This is an important quality fixpack which also contains performance improvements, for example in the area of
IBM Tivoli Monitoring support.
Tivoli Service Automation Manager – Network Extensions development are pleased to announce the release of two extensions:
IBM® Tivoli® Service Automation Manager - Extension for Juniper SRX Firewall, and,
IBM® Tivoli® Service Automation Manager - Extension for F5 BIG-IP Load Balancer
These network extensions deliver out-of-the-box automation in infrastructure cloud services for configuring security access (Firewall) and scalability and redundancy (Load Balancer).
IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager - Extension for Juniper SRX Firewall
This extension enables customers to configure network security settings automatically when a project is provisioned, and manage security configuration over the lifetime of the project. Through use of security zones and traffic management policies all virtual networks resources are secured and access to applications and VMs within a project is customizable throughout the project life cycle.
A Juniper SRX Firewall implementation was chosen because of its large diffusion among service providers who are either using or evaluating IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager.
The Juniper SRX Firewall extension provides the following functionality:
- Create/Delete Projects with Servers – automatically apply default network security settings (based on predefined traffic management policies) to all VMs provisioned within a project, immediately securing inbound and outbound traffic flows.
- Create/Delete Customers – automatically register a customer with a firewall device. All subsequent customer projects are then managed within the customer’s security zone.
- Modify a Firewall Policy – allows management of traffic policies and rules on a per-project basis.
The screenshot below shows a typical firewall setup.
IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager - Extension for F5 BIG-IP Load Balancer
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).
The BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager is the F5 product that performs load balancing across servers in a single data center providing intelligent load balancing and traffic management as well as advanced application security, acceleration, and optimization.
The F5 BIG-IP Load Balancer extension provides the following functionality:
- Reserve/Release Virtual IPs –Virtual IPs (VIPs) can be reserved on a project subnet so that load balancer policies can be created between projects
- Create/Modify/Delete a Load Balancer Policy
- Policies can be created, which are used to reach an application running on a pool of VMs
- VIPs and ports are associated to the VMs that will run the application
- Specific BIG-IP device parameters can be set (e.g. load balancing algorithm)
The screenshot below shows one of the load balancer setup screens.
These extensions can be leveraged and verified through testing with other Juniper and F5 devices (with the same use cases). If you have other devices and/or other use cases you may wish to create your own custom extension by using these extensions as a starting point or example.
The diagram below gives and overview of the extension plug-points.
For more information about the Firewall and Load Balancer Extensions, please refer to the Information Center.
The extensions are available free of charge and can be downloaded from IBM’s Integrated Service Management Library (Firewall and Load Balancer Extensions).
IBM SmartCloud Provisioning (previously known as IBM Service Agility Accelerator for Cloud) fully embraces the transparent development philosophy.
Starting from today, you can join our open beta program. This Program is intended to raise awareness of IBM SmartCloud Provisioning with the widest possible
audience and provide a feedback mechanism to let you tell us what you like about the product, and what we could improve.
The code is downloadable from https://www14.software.ibm.com/iwm/web/cc/earlyprograms/tivoli/P2044/index.shtml
Due to the open nature of this beta program, the code is time bombed, you can use it until december 31st 2011.
You can discuss issues related to the code drop into this forum: http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/forums/forum.jspa?forumID=2673
Attending this event is a smart and
efficient way to catch up on key messages and up to date technical
content in just 3 compact days.
The symposium agenda offers a choice of more than 150 knowledge-packed
technical sessions and hands-on training.
Interim fix 1 for IBM Service Agility Accelerator for Cloud 1.1 (
1.1.0-TIV-ISAAC-IF0001) has been published.
It addresses three defects related to the deployment of windows images.
More in details, if fixes the following issues:
- Launch windows persistent instance failed: after launching windows persistent instance, the instance will be in stopped status and not able to run.
- Not able to run persistent instance on VMware hyper node
- Lack of support for windows 7 and 2008 sysprep-ed images: not able to change the administrator's password if it is prepared by sysprep.
For further details read the readme file associated with the interim fix
There's still time to sign up for the IBM webcast: Managing the Cloud – Best practices for cloud service management
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.
Ok, I admit, I was among the early adopters of the late nineties to
get hooked on VMWare. In fact, as an open source advocate I remember
playing with "
freemware", qemu, bochs, openVZ, and several
other x86 virtualization technologies. Likewise, I was among the first
to start using Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). I've been hooked
by x86 commodity hardware virtualization for a long time, and I thank
VMWare and Ed Bugnion in particular for that. But why choose VMWare
Ten years ago when the
CPUs made it hard to virtualize efficiently, VMWare was great. After
2003 if you were mostly interested in linux (king of the cloud) Xen was
an excellent open source alternative to virtualize x86 commodity
servers. In 2006 Amazon launched their EC2 service which would become
the defacto cloud standard. EC2 is built on Xen and is probably the
single biggest x86 virtualization environment in the world. Several
hundred thousand of my closest friends have found EC2 to be a fantastic
compute platform that goes beyond server virtualization, all without a
trace of VMWare. So why choose VMWare now?
modern CPUs include specific support for virtualization making it
easier to deliver efficient virtulaization without Xen's paravirt trick
or VMWare's innovative code patching. Current linux kernels include
support for KVM and I believe upstream kernels will again support Xen
natively. I remember when RedHat bought Qumranet,
developer of KVM, SPICE, and SolidICE (a desktop virtualization
technology) in 2008. Back then KVM didn't compare to VMWare. It
certainly was not "
back then. Three years later, KVM has matured extremely well. I think it really is "
for commodity OS virtualization. In my cloud development efforts I've
run hundreds of thousands of VMs on Xen and KVM during the past 2 1/2
years. While I really respect Xen, I've come to like and appreciate KVM
on modern CPUs since it's just so simple and easy to use. Today there
are so many "
choices for x86 virtualization from
Xen, KVM, and VirtualBox to Hyper-V, which Microsoft is practically
giving away just to keep Windows relevant in the datacenter. So why
choose VMWare now?
Is low end disruption
a threat for VMWare? Linux and Apache are certainly well established
in the datacenter preventing Microsoft's dominance over the desktop to
spill into the datacenter. Ten years ago when Windows had 90-something
percent market share of desktop computers, I myself considered Microsoft
an untouchable giant. Today, however, I think they're doomed because
Apple is cooler, all the kids have 'em along with iphones and and
ipads. By analogy, VMWare should be very concerned. IMHO, they can and
will lose their dominance and I think they'll do so by the classic Innovator's Dilemma
VMWare continues to cater to their traditional high end customers.
Meanwhile, nearly three quarters of a million developers are using
Amazon's cloud as their platform for new software applications and
services. And the best part is Amazon's cloud doesn't even need or use
VMWare. In fact, neither does Google's AppEngine or Microsoft's Azure.
Sense a pattern? If you believe, as I do, that we're on the cusp of a
new platform war to deliver the next generation of applications and
services, then the key to success is the application development
community. VMWare may have operations teams sold, but developers love
the cloud. Interestingly, they may not even have the ops guys sold
after all. Here's a forum thread titled "VMWare, a falling giant
"According to Ars Technica, 'A new survey seems to show that VMware's iron grip on the enterprise virtualization market is loosening,
with 38 percent of businesses planning to switch vendors within the
next year due to licensing models and the robustness of competing
hypervisors.' What do IT-savvy Slashdotters have to say about moving
away from one of the more stable and feature rich VM architectures
survey found that VMware is the primary hypervisor for server
virtualization in 67.6 percent of shops, followed by Microsoft's Hyper-V
with 16.4 percent and Citrix with 14.4 percent. Wow, this doesn't even
compare to Microsoft's former dominance for which I recall seeing
numbers as high as 98% market share!
So why choose VMWare now? Maybe the question should be, "
Have you tried an open source hypervisor lately?"
Or better yet, "
have you tried a public cloud yet"
Frankly, I don't even like using hypervisors directly anymore as I find
clouds much more powerful and easier to use. Why don't you give ISAAC a try
? You can see what a real cloud is like while also trying out open source hypervisors.
questions ready for the next Ask the Expert (ATE) event will be held on
November 8th, 2011 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time USA. Register for this event
Ask the Experts Online Jam"
(ATE) is a valuable opportunity for Global Tivoli User Community (TUC)
Members to connect with real-world experts on a range of Tivoli
products. These experts, many from IBM development, are recruited to
answer questions on an array of product topics for a concentrated period
of 12 hours
This upcoming ATE event will include experts on Tivoli and Maximo topics including: Cloud
- Tivoli Live (Software as a Service)
- IBM Service Agility Accelerator for Cloud
This session will run from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time USA
To accommodate AP and EMEA members, questions may be submitted 9 hours prior to the event.
To find the time in your city check out the World Clock meeting planner website.
WHY SHOULD YOU PARTICIPATE?
- It's free to attend.
- Your technical questions will be answered directly from the IBM experts themselves, no middleman!
- You may ask as many questions as you'd like.
- You can learn more about your products and gain a competitive edge for yourself and your company.
- Keep up with the next generation technology, and get the scoop on new product release dates and the improvements being made.
ABOUT THE TIVOLI USER COMMUNITYThe Tivoli User Community
(TUC) is the largest network of Tivoli professionals in the world.
With more than 30,000+ members in 138 countries and 160+ local and
special interest groups, the TUC links a global network of users,
developers, business partners, and IBM sales/technical staff. Members
share a common interest in increasing the knowledge of Tivoli and
Maximo software and solutions to solve business problems. Register
to become a member today.
We look forward to your participation.
Service Management Extensions for Hybrid Cloud is now available!
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.
Service Management Extensions for Hybrid Cloud
New VMware Additional Disk Extension gives the customer the ability to:
* Map one or more VMware datastores to a TSAM Cloud Storage Pool for provisioning additional disks
* Associate those Storage Pools with one or more customers
* Apply a per customer quota at a Storage Pool level
* Control whether disks are thin provisioned at a Storage Pool level
* Create and automatically format/mount extra disks (Windows drives or Linux mount points) from a Cloud Storage Pool when provisioning a new virtual machine
* Backup and restore server images including any additional disks
The extension was released in October and is available free of charge for download in the IBM Service Management Library.
Download VMware Additional Disk Extension here - http://www.ibm.com/software/ismlibrary?NavCode=1TW10TS0B
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
- Wednesday at 4:00 PM
- Thursday at 5:00 PM
- Friday at 11:00 AM
The sessions will be focused on image management.
If you would like to join, using your web browser, connect to
No password is required