It has bee a long few weeks traveling to Dublin, Las Vegas, Slovenia, Germany and Sweden to give lots of presentations. Six Weeks and five countries and the expenses are piling up on my desk.
I was presenting a core set of topics like POWER7+ announcement summary, VIOS Shared Storage Pools (SSP3), Workload Partitions (WPAR) and Versioned WPARs to run AIX 5.2 and AIX 5.3, quick introduction to PowerSC (security tools), a Techie "what you need to know about" Systems Director for AIX, and Quick Dips in to Active Memory Deduplication (AMD), Active Systems Optimizer (was ASO now called DSO), the three and a half Performance Advisor tools to recommend quick improvements for VIOS, LPAR and Java and a challenge: Do you have a valid reason to have not switched on the POWER and AIX advanced features? Or are you just a Luddite?
I was thinking that there is no point in hiding these presentations. Of course, just the slides below will not include get my "sparkling personality" nor all the jokes that I tell (that might be a lucky escape)! Here are the presentations for you to download from Sweden (the country only effects the first slide):
- POWER7+, Power770/780 and other recent Announcements Summary <- Click the titles for the slides
- Mostly slides from my friendly guru's Patrick O’Rourke and Mark Olson
- Covering the new POWER7+ chip and the machines using it Power 770 and Power780
- Then lots of Power 795 enhancements.
- A couple of CoD improvements.
- AME compressions in the hardware.
- New SSD Drawer = 11 TB in 1U rack height and "gob-smacking" performance.
- The optional "Crinkle-Cut" doors - Oh how we laughed !! Rumours of an MES upgrade to get them flattened are not true!
- RDX removable disk units - I use one for my internal Wiki website AIX.
- HMC & firmware update
- VIOS Shared Storage Pools 3
- Covers the basics and at the end the new features for phase 3
- The big one is December's Systems Director 6.3.2 include VMControl allocating disk space from the SSP3 and Linked-Clones
- But there is also better pool use stats, more alerts and better RAS and repository recovery.
- WPAR Introduction and Versioned WPARs for running AIX 5.3 and 5.3
- I get continues interest in WPARs like they were something new but they arrived in 2007 with AIX 6 !!
- Questions like are the mature and production ready are starting to annoy me - they are old technology
- The Versioned WPAR are amazing - we have run projects trying it for customers. Bring in a mksysb on USB memory stick by lunch time its all running = very easy to test.
- PowerSC for the Security and Compliance toolset
IBM Systems Director 6.3 for AIX Techies about to implement it
- This is a quick look at the first 5 plus the 2 new (Nov 2012) tools
- There is far to much to say in an hour but there is a DeveloperWorks page for more information
- Trusted Firewall Short-cut, Trusted Network Connect and fix, Trusted Logging, Trusted Boot, Trusted AIX Profile Manager ISD Plug-in to roll-out aixpert & ARTEX profiles and check.
- New tools are the Trusted Surveyor (phase 1 of lots more to come) and Real-Time security alerts - don't wait for the next audit - get informed of a security change in less than a second so you can tell the guy off :-)
- We expect a Redbook on PowerSC very soon - it has all the missing documentation you need to get started
Quick Dips - ten minutes of a few hot topics to get you interested in looking in more depth
- This is my regular session updated for ISD 6.3
- Lots of practical advice and concept setting, pre-reqs, concentrating on the core Systems Management practice function (not the advanced plug-in features) and ends with how to plan adoption
- Don't forget you can Download it now and it takes 1 hour to install (on a suitable AIX with 2 shared CPU, 6 GB RAM, 6 GB paging and 50GB disks suitably spread across disks).
- Don't delay, Do it today ... but watch the movies first!
- I have 1 hour sessions on each of these but this gives you a quick look
- Active Memory Deduplication this feature is part of AMS, which has been out for years. If you don't over commit you can gently free up many GB's of memory and allocate it to new virtual machines or add RAM to important running ones with no fear of performance sapping paging.
- Active System Optimizer renamed to Dynamic Systems Optimizer (DPO) just switch it on and it improved performance for large multi-core, multi-chip VMs in ways that humans can't. Now automatic use of 16MB pages (no more pre-allocating).
- A quick reference to the Performance Advisors. Download them from DeveloperWorks, run the collector, get the .xml to a browser and get excellent Advice from the easy to read report. It found a few thing on my VIOS's - it was a shock!
- Then a quick look at Game Changing Technology and POWER7, AIX, PowerVM and related stuff. IBM adds advanced features to save you time, add flexibility and save you money - are you missing loads of good tricks
Well I hope you download and enjoy the slides, cheers Nigel