The residency team is pleased to announce the release of their IBM Redbooks publication - IBM Technical Computing Clouds - A draft IBM Redbooks publication located in the ITSO Redbooks website: http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/Redbooks.nsf/RedpieceAbstracts/sg248144.html?Open . The team would like to hear from your with your comments on this publication. Enjoy the publication.
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The residency team invites you to download and read the draft of the IBM PowerHA SystemMirror 7.1.2 Enterprise Edition for AIX Redbooks publication.
This publication delivers the following table of contents:
Part 1 - IntroductionChapter 1. Concepts and overview of the IBM PowerHA SystemMirror 7.1.2 Enterprise Edition
Chapter 2. Differences between PowerHA Enterprise Edition 6.1 and 7.1.2
Chapter 3. Planning
Chapter 4. Implementing DS8800 HyperSwap
Chapter 5. Cross-site LVM mirroring with PowerHA Standard Edition
Part 3 - Extended disaster recovery (linked clusters)Chapter 6. Configuring PowerHA SystemMirror Enterprise Edition linked clusters with SVC replication
Chapter 7. Configuring PowerHA SystemMirror Enterprise Edition with XIV replication
Part 4 - System administration, monitoring, maintenance, and managementChapter 8. Migrating to PowerHA SystemMirror 7.1.2 Enterprise Edition
Chapter 9. PowerHA 7.1.2 Systems Director plug-in enhancements
Chapter 10. Cluster partition management
Part 5 - AppendicesAppendix A. Configuring PowerHA with IPv6
Appendix B. DNS change for the IBM Systems Director environment with PowerHA
This IBM Redbooks publication can be downloaded at the following website:
In 2013, we continue providing our clients with additional reference documentation utilizing IBM PowerHA SystemMirror as the key to help our IBM Power Systems clients with high availability solutions for their enterprise applications. Comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome as we continue to promote the adoption of IBM PowerHA SystemMirror across our clients environments.
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This residency kicks off on May 6, 2013. The objective of this project is to highlight IBM Technical Computing Solutions as a flexible infrastructure for clients looking to reduce capital expenditure, reduce operational expenditures, energy optimization of resources, re-use the infrastructure, and get the most of their current and future hardware purchases to continue developing their business. Technical Computing is not just for High Performance Computing (HPC) clients, but for commercial clients who want to use the advantages of technical computing, for example, to analyze large quantity of data in their enterprise.
The residency team encourages you provide any comments on your opinion about IBM Technical Computing, any areas you might think can be studied during the residency, or any topic you would like to discuss with the team.
Keep an eye on this blog as the residency team continues to explore this area and the benefits IBM Technical Computing brings to the industry.
Announcing the IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX 7.1.3
The IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX Standard Edition is the IBM Power Systems data center solution that helps protect critical business applications from outages, planned or unplanned. PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX Enterprise Edition includes the Standard Edition plus advanced capabilities such as failover to back up resources at remote locations.
PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX 7.1.3 enhances and adds new capabilities, including the following key features:
1. HyperSwap for active-active two-site configurations
2. HyperSwap for single-node clusters
3. Support for clustering with unicast communications
4. Capability to dynamically modify the host name of a clustered node
5. Operator-managed manual failover policy for multisite linked clusters
6. Graphical Cluster Simulator
7. Enhanced and flexible high availability management support for SAP
For additional information, refer to the IBM PowerHA System Mirror for AIX website at: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/power/software/availability/aix/
I have a few question to help me influence and steer the residency team for the upcoming IBM PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX residency.
1. What are the challenging your customer face?
2. What are the gaps in technical content which can be developed during the residency?
3. Where can we make a big bang during this residency?
From a business perspective, field perspective? Your perspective! What is missing? gap?
Please let me know your comments so I can relay the message to the residency team.
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In response to: Residency Announcement: PW-3001-R01 Technical Computing CloudsWould you like to know what Technical Computing Clouds is about? We encourage you to listen to the video
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The residency team encourages you to download and read the IBM PowerHA SystemMirror Standard Edition 7.1.1 for AIX Update Redbooks publication. This publication contains information, scenarios, and useful information that can help you compare the features in previous versions of PowerHA Standard Edition with the new release. Thus helping you plan with your clients upcoming upgrades, and new implementation opportunities.
Chapter 7 is a very special chapter because for the first time the residency team covers the Smart Assist for SAP in a implementation scenario. Chapter 7 couples with Appendix E to provide as much detail on how to implement SAP and PowerHA.
This IBM Redbooks publication contains the following table of contents:
Chapter 1. Introducing IBM PowerHA SystemMirror 7.1.1
Chapter 2. Cluster Aware AIX
Chapter 3. PowerHA 7.1.1 basic installation and configuration
Chapter 4. Cluster administration
Chapter 5. Smart Assists for PowerHA SystemMirror
Chapter 6. Migration scenarios
Chapter 7. IBM PowerHA SystemMirror Smart Assist for SAP
Chapter 8. Workload partition and PowerHA scenario
Appendix A. AIX upgrades and PowerHA SystemMirror 7.1.0
Appendix B. Configuring the PowerHA cluster by using clmgr
Appendix C. Creating the hardware environment by using command-line tools
Appendix D. Replacing the failed repository disk if any nodes are not joined to the cluster
Appendix E. IBM PowerHA SystemMirror Smart Assist for SAP accessories for Chapter 7
Appendix F. PowerHA and workload partition examples
This IBM Redbooks publication can be downloaded at the following website:
If you have any suggestions, comments, or any feedback, please let us know via this blog. The team that developed this Redbooks publication looks forward to receiving any feedback.
The nomination period for the IBM Cluster Health Check residency is still open. I encourage you to submit your nomination to this residency or send comments on any particular area you would like the residency team to research, implement, test, and document.
During the residency, the team will customize, test, check and verify the Cluster infrastructure configuration and document how to monitor the overall health check of the Cluster infrastructure to deliver clients cost-effective, highly scalable, and robust solutions. The residency team will test and document topics to provide infrastructure health checks, check the cluster configuration, verifying functionality of the common subsystems (nodes or servers, switch fabric, parallel filesystem, job management, problem areas, etc.).
For any suggestion, comment, feedback, please add your comments to this blog.
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The IBM HPC Cluster Health Check Redbooks publication has been released to introduce the IBM Cluster Health Check tools. This IBM Redbooks publication documents how to monitor the overall health check of the Cluster infrastructure to deliver the Technical Computing clients cost-effective, highly scalable, and robust solutions. The publication covers many topics and information discovered during the residency. The IBM residency team would like to announce that the draft publication can be found at the following website:
Comments on the publication are welcome.
For more information on the IBM Cluster Health Check tools, manuals, and how you can access the tools, visit IBM HPC Central at:
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5 Things You Should Know About IBM HPC Central
1. Delivers information on how to start to learn about IBM High Performance Computing (HPC)
2. Contains technical documentation on IBM High Performance Computing (HPC) hardware and software solutions
3. Provides information on best practices in particular on Cluster administration best practices
4. Direct channel to provide feedback, and receive feedback on technical computing topics
5. Focuses on IBM High Performance Computing (HPC) announcements, how-to details, and special information for anyone involved with IBM Technical Computing
The High Performance Computing (HPC) Central is a joint IBM/Customer accessible and editable forum to provide improved HPC technical communications. To access this site, refer to the following website:
IBM Platform HPC simplifies the application integration process so that users can focus on their work instead of managing a cluster. IBM Platform HPC for System x delivers the following key benefits:
1. Faster time to cluster readiness
2. Reduced infrastructure and management costs
3. Optimal resource usage
4. Improved user and administrator productivity
5. High availability of the cluster to minimize downtime and reduce operational and productivity loss
6. Improved cluster provisioning through embedded xCAT technology
7. Shorter time to results
For additional information, refer to http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/technicalcomputing/platformcomputing/products/hpc/index.html
5 Things You Should Know about IBM Platform HPC:
1. IBM Platform HPC is an easy to use, comprehensive cluster management software for technical computing clusters
2. IBM Platform HPC runs on a variety of hardware and operating environments
3. IBM Platform HPC helps improve application performance by intelligently scheduling resources based on workload characteristics
4. IBM Platform HPC for System x V4.1.1 is compatible with most cluster technologies. Compatibility is limited by the operating systems supported.
5. IBM GPFS can also be deployed with IBM Platform HPC to deliver improved file system performance for technical computing applications running on distributed parallel file systems
For more detailed information on IBM Platform Computing solutions including IBM Platform HPC, refer to:
The IBM RedPaper - Deploying PowerHA Solution with AIX HyperSwap, REDP-4954-00 (http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/abstracts/redp4954.html?Open) provides additional information on how to help you plan, install, tailor and configure the new PowerHA with Hyperswap clustering solution. IBM PowerHA with HyperSwap adds transparent storage protection for replicated storage, improving overal system availability by masking storage failures. Please share any experiences you might have had with IBM PowerHA and the AIX HyperSwap solution.
The IBM Redbooks publication: IBM PowerHA SystemMirror Standard Edition 7.1.1 for AIX Update, SG24-8030-00 (http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg248030.html?Open) was recently updated (a few sections where the change bar is turned on) to clarify the technical information of hostnames in PowerHA and hostnames in the content of IBM AIX CAA (cluster aware AIX).
In response to: Residency Announcement: PW-3001-R01 Technical Computing CloudsThe residency team is pleased to announce the release of their IBM Redbooks publication - IBM Technical Computing Clouds - A draft IBM Redbooks publication located in the ITSO Redbooks website: