I recently found this article which discusses the rationale for cloud adoption: http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2011/10/31/5893685.htm. One factor listed is capacity management - "Users are considering cloud for capacity management issues including periodic demand peaks and better management of data center growth, power, and cooling issues." This statement speaks to the maturity of clients surveyed who are considering cloud in that they have the visibility into their virtual environment to understand workload usage trends such as predicting peaks and projecting growth of data center resource consumption. In other words, before clients can leverage cloud for adding capacity for periodic demanding peaks, they first must have capabilities in place for visibility of existing infrastructure. I am curious to understand if any of those surveyed have optimized their virtual environment; meaning, have they rightsized their workloads and placed workloads in a way to maximize available capacity.
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Would you like to show and charge for usage of your IBM Power Systems server?
You may already be aware of the concept of a virtualized system and virtual machines. This might be used by your organization as a means to share physical resources or form the basis for your cloud infrastructure. The usual goal of virtualization is to centralize administrative tasks while improving scalability and work loads. The question is how do you analyze the usage of such resources and charge appropriately where required?
The Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager (TUAM) team is pleased to announce that the TUAM IBM Hardware Management Console (HMC) collector also supports collecting usage information from IBM Systems Director Management Console (SDMC) and facilitates analyzing, reporting, and billing based on the usage and costs of this metering data. This provides a means for enterprises to migrate from HMC to SDMC and ensure continuity of showback/chargeback solutions based on TUAM. Future versions of the HMC/SDMC collector will exploit SDMC specific features.
Capabilities of the collector include
What is IBM Systems Director Management Console (SDMC)?
The SDMC provides hardware, service, and virtualization management for your Power Systems server. The SDMC is the successor to the HMC and the Integrated Virtualization Manager (IVM), and shows how IBM Systems Director is going to take an increasingly important role for administrators. For more information on SDMC, see this blog.
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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
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
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.
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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.
To register for this event, visit: http://bit.ly/odEFh2
Interim fix 1 for IBM Service Agility Accelerator for Cloud 1.1 ( 1.1.0-TIV-ISAAC-IF0001) has been published.
You can download it from FixCentral
It addresses three defects related to the deployment of windows images.
More in details, if fixes the following issues:
The 2011 IBM Cloud Computing Technical Symposium will take place November 28-30, 2011, at Darmstadt, Germany.
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.
IBM SmartCloud Provisioning (aka IBM Service Agility Accelerator for Cloud) started the open beta program
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
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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).
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:
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:
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.
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.
As a quick update in connection with the blog entry How extensions expand the reach of your Tivoli Service Automation Manager and IBM Service Delivery Manager solution:
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:
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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.