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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
Have you ever wanted access to what the development team is planning for the future, along with the ability to provide direct feedback on each item within a planned release? With Tivoli's shift towards transparent development, now you can. Transparent Development is the ongoing, open engagement between IBM development and our users on the development of our products. The emphasis is on being open and transparent about our direction and providing you with open access to key release content, including:
IBM SmartCloud Application Performance Management is one of the first products to adopt transparent development within Tivoli. Through the new project dashboard on Service Management Connect, you can view the current release plan and provide direct feedback on what the team is developing. All you need is a developerWorks ID and password to access the release plan, and to provide your feedback. To access the IBM SmartCloud Application Performance Management project dashboard and see what's ahead, click here. To post comments and other feedback on the forum, click here.
How do I find out if my warehouse has all the tables/views needed to run a report or create a custom report?
A new set of reports have been added under the folder "Prerequisites Checking" in ITMfVE 7.1 for the VMware VI agent which provide you with a prerequisite scanner that checks if the list of all tables/views needed to run the predefined reports and the ones needed to support custom reporting are available in the Tivoli Data Warehouse. It also checks the VMware VI agent version and lets you know if the available version is up-to-date or not. The reports also point you to appropriate documentation which can be helpful in enabling historical collection and summarization and pruning, creating IBM_TRAM schema, Time Dimension and other shared dimensions like WEEKDAY_LOOKUP, MONTH_LOOKUP and ComputerSystem and populating Time dimension. In addition to this, the report also provides the list of attribute groups for the VMware VI agent to guide the users while enabling historical collection.Please note that in spite of having all the prerequisite tables/views in the Tivoli Data Warehouse, you may not be able to run the reports [Continue Reading]
Are your queries taking an unusually long time to run for the amount of data that you've in your Tivoli Data Warehouse? Do your Cognos based reports take forever to render the screen with some results? There are several tweaks that can be made to the data model and the reports to get optimum performance while running your reports. Some of the best practices to be followed while developing your custom reports and data models are discussed here.
Editing the data model using Framework Manager to optimize performance of queries: [Continue Reading]
This is part of a series of meetings meant to increase knowledge of SmartCloud Orchestrator capabilities and functionalities.
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I really liked the post “Rapid deployments with IBM
SmartCloud Provisioning” that explains
how simple and fast it is to deploy instances using SmartCloud Provisioning.
IBM SmartCloud Provisioning provides in the launch instance panel, and also using the CLI, the “user_data” text field that can be used for this scope.
It is inspired to the Amazon EC2 instance metadata and here you can find an interesting article on it: http://alestic.com/2009/06/ec2-user-data-scripts
The “user_data” field is a free text field so for example it can contain:
The launched instance can easily retrieve the user data field invoking the predefined URL http://169.254.169.254/latest/user-data and processes it according the needs.
It can be achieved by exploiting the current integration between IBM SmartCloud Provisioning and the Image Construction and Composition Tool (ICCT), available in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning version 1.2, creating a new bundle, the User-Data consumer bundle that contains a script that retrieves the “user-data” and process it based on his needs.
An interesting scenario is the capability of passing directly one or more scripts to be invoked at deployment time to have a really dynamic configuration. In this way, a new image can be configured/customized at deployment time.
If you want to have more information on user-data capabilities and examples take a look at the Ubuntu cloud-init component described here https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CloudInit
For further information about IBM SmartCloud Provisioning and Image Construction and Composition Tool see IBM SmartCloud Provisioning Information Center.
SmartCloud Orchestrator (SCO) provides cloud management services that enable customers to accelerate delivery of cloud-based solutions. Included within SCO is IBM Business Process Manager (BPM). A feature-rich offering, BPM is both powerful and complex. While BPM can present a challenging learning curve, the things it enables you to do are well worth the journey.
I have developed four videos that demonstrate an easy way to get started using BPM to build processes within IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator. Each video shows how to use a variety of out-of-the-box functionality to develop, deploy and run business processes quickly--from scratch. A basic understanding of business process and Cloud technology concepts is helpful, but not required.
The videos should be watched in order, as content covered in each one is leveraged in the ones that follow. Currently the videos contain no audio.
Part 1 - Building and deploying a simple Self-Service Offering
This video covers these important steps:
Part 2 - Basic functionality to control your process flow
This video covers these important steps:
Part 3 - Integration of toolkit components into your process flow
This video covers these important steps:
Part 4 - Customization of an existing Self-Service Offering
This video covers these important steps:
You can also find the entire set of videos via the following playlist link on youtube:
Improve server density and proactively address capacity bottlenecks across physical and virtual server, storage and network resources
Exciting news!! We announced this week the upcoming availability of IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Virtual Environments v7.1 (formerly known as ITM for Virtual Servers). Why did we change the name? Previously, our focus was on ensuring the health of the virtual server environment - VMs & hosts and virtual storage and network elements like data store capacity, etc. With this release, we are now focused across the virtual environment to include physical network and storage performance, thus, providing a holistic view of all physical and virtual shared resources across the virtual environment. This offering will be generally available November, 23rd. Enhanced capabilities include:
Check out the official announcement:
A new beta drop for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning is available.
Here below you can see the list of key functionalities included:
If you would like to try out the new features without the effort of installing the product, join the community and play with our hosted beta
If you would like to download the code, go here
cynthyap 110000GC4C Tags:  provisioning patch cloud cloud_computing security cloud-computing 4,910 Views
Hosted by developerWorks: 27 September 2012, 10:30 a.m.
Most organizations are embracing virtualization and some level of cloud computing. They are facing the inevitable problems associated with security and VM sprawl which results from the rapid proliferation of virtual machines. Two of the most critical problems to address in virtual machine management are the patching of all these new virtual systems and ensuring that they are complaint with corporate and security standards.
Join this session to learn how the combination of IBM SmartCloud Provisioning and IBM Endpoint Manager can help you to better manage both virtual and physical environments, and improve endpoint security while driving to higher levels of automation. Register now!
Mike Gare is a Product Manager with IBM with almost 20 years experience in a variety of information technology areas including: telecommunications, mobile technologies, data center automation and Cloud Computing. Mike has performed a variety of leadership roles, many that involved working directly with customers to help them understand, compare, and choose the best business solution for their needs. He has worked in software product management throughout IBM and is currently responsible for Tivoli Provisioning Manager as well as some newer Cloud and Server Automation solutions.
Noah Salzman is a Product Manager for the IBM Endpoint Manager product line, formerly known as BigFix. Noah has been part of the Endpoint Manager team for the last five years and has seventeen years industry experience working with enterprise software - spanning systems management, data encryption, and network security technologies. Noah's work at BigFix and IBM has focused on security architecture, Government certification programs, and the security and compliance product line. Previously, Noah has worked on software development teams at Apple, PGP, and nCircle.
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This shows how to setup a an existing SCCD configuration:
After creating an account here, follow the steps mentioned in their instruction manual about the usage on that portal.
Once you have SmartCloud Control Desk 7.5 Demo configuration.
1. open a network settings of this machine and attach a Public IP to it.
2. Use the public IP to access the VM via putty.
3. On the terminal enter commands
- cd /opt/IBM/scripts
4. Access http://<Public IP>/maximo to access SCCD
Helpful pointers: Keep auto suspend to 30 min when idle to avail max benefit.
Remember to suspend VM when not in use.
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If you ever observed babies playing, you'll notice that at a certain point in their development, the idea of property comes into the game: "this is my toy, I'll not let you play with that". Usually parents needs to invest some time to make the baby understanding the value of sharing things: "the toy remains yours, but you can enjoy sharing it with other babies... If you are kind and polite the other babies may share in their turn their toys with you". Usually this trick work. The next step will be that they will start adding "special conditions": "you can use my blocks but only the blue ones" or " you can play with this doll but I'll not borrow you the pink dress". A different stories comes when sharing can make you save a lot of money: you do not need to buy the same toy your baby saw another baby is using if they can share it...
Did you ever try to apply this model to cloud computing?
I know it may sound strange at a first glance, but there are some similarities...
Let's start from the last example, kids sharing the same toys: doesn't it look like familiar to the idea of sharing the same master image? In a lot of cases I do not need my own master image, I can use the same one another user is using.
But the "conditions" apply: "you can use my same master image, but I do not want you to stay on my own network!" or "you can use my same master image, but you cannot use my package scripts!" ... Not a lot of differences from"you can play with my doll but I'll not give you the pink dress" or " you can play with my blocks but you can use only the blue ones"
There will be situations is which you even do not want to share the master image at all: "this is mine, it's my treasure, I have my own information there and I do not want you to see that"...I'm pretty sure you've seen babies doing that with their favorite teddy bear ;-)
I hope these few examples made you look at objects authorizations in a cloud with different eyes...
Anyway, the problem is there, a cloud is typically a shared environment and we do not want to have everybody to have access to everything. Privacy is important.
Let's see one of the ways to resolve this issue. We could give to every individual/user the right to determine who can access his own objects. "who" of course can be a single user or a group of users. Depending on the role of the user he can have access to different objects.
The cloud administrator for example can decide who can access a specific network, who can see a specific cloud group; the cloud catalog editor can decide who can access to which master image, or to which package scripts (package scripts are the building blocks for patterns); the image deployer can decide if somebody else can see the details of his images. In some cases he may also be interested in letting other users accessing his own volumes.
With the same ease a user can decide either to give full access, read-only access or no access at all to each of its own resources/objects.
Using such fine grained access policy makes the cloud software really flexible to fit various adoption models like a classical private cloud or a more complex environment like the ones a cloud service provider may have.
In case of enterprises and cloud service providers, authorization and network segregation are critical prerequisites for building and managing a secure cloud environment.
For this SmartCloud Provisioning is the right choice.
You can also rely on a robust auditing mechanism that allows you to track what is happening in the cloud: who logged in/out, user creation/deletion/update, data access attempts either if they are successful/unsuccessful, virtual machine instance creation/deletion update and far more...
If you are interested in walking through this model, you can have a look at what is included in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning beta code:
IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Virtual Servers has reached the Beta stage for the next major release and we are seeking interested Beta participants.
Among the features currently under development, to be highlighted in the beta program, are proposed new dashboards highlighting advancements in analytics as well as policy-driven capacity planning.
ITM for Virtual Servers Beta drop 3 that includes capacity planner was successfully released to WW customers.
This beta drop includes simple 5 step process on PlanningCenter for capacity planning, resource demand generation based on time shift & percentile utilization, topology reports.
The previous beta drop was evaluated by key business partner Orb Data. The product received positive feedback. "We recently participated in the Beta program for Tivoli's upcoming ITM for Virtual Servers release. We liked what we saw with their new dashboard capabilities and particularly the new capacity analytics features. During the Beta program we analyzed the reports that came from the VMware agent, and realized that we had a memory bottleneck. As a consequence we have now upgraded and fixed the issue.", Orb Data.
This Beta program is open to any IBMers and existing IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Virtual Servers customers, or Business Partners.
The Value for You: This program is a great channel for you to connect with development and to affect the future releases of the product.
If you are interested please fill out and submit the online beta program nomination form: https://www-304.ibm.com/software/support/trial/cst/forms/nomination.wss?id=3243
The fix is downloadable from Fix Central and it is identified as 1.2.0-TIV-ISCP-IF0001
It addresses the following problems:
After the iFix installation the IHC component will be upgraded form version 0.20.2 to 1.0.0
For further details read the readme file associated with the interim fix
There will be a live session held Tuesday June 12 2012 that will provide an overview of the data protection capabilities that IBM Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environments brings to IBM SmartCloud Provisioning.
Come to learn what we have to offer and tell us about your data protection strategies in the cloud and what use cases you have and see value in.
This will be an opportunity to share and provide valuable feedback to the product teams that will shape future capabilities.
Date and Time:Tuesday June 12 2012
US: 6am PDT, 9am EDT
Europe: 2pm BST, 3pm CEST
Follow the below link for details and enrollment.
Scroll down to 'Live Sessions'.
Look for Session Title: Feedback session on automated data protection in the cloud