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.
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I've been writing about the step by step approach to Cloud till now. The rate at which I see cloud computing being adopted inside and outside the Enterprise, I think we really need to get out of our step-by-step approach and start riding the wave. IBM has implemented may be over 2000 cloud engagements in the last year and are managing over 1 million virtual machines today. We have identified the customer cloud adoption patterns and entry points to cloud and have lots of lessons learnt and experience to share. So won’t it be nice if we could talk to you about the things as well as share the best practices with you. All of it is difficult to discuss through a blog. So You have a better option – The IBM Software Universe 2011 – The Next Big Wave.
Yes, the 7th edition of IBM India’s largest annual software conclave is happening this year Oct 19th and Oct 20th. I believe it would be time well spent to learn from our learnings and accelerate your adoption of cloud. We have some interesting sessions on Private Cloud [R]Evolution which will discuss some of the key trends and technologies to look at for building the cloud insider your firewall. If you are looking to understand how to expand your existing Data Center capabilities to have better visibility, control and automation across your physical and virtual environments then “Integrated Service Management – Thinking Beyond the Data Center” is a must attend session. If you are one of those business or Enterprise IT Manager who is looking to start with the cloud – you don’t want to miss the “Get Your Head in the Cloud” session which can tell you how you could get some of your collaboration requirements from the cloud.
Finally it is wonderful opportunity for you to talk to some of the Distinguished Engineers and IBM Fellows who can spend 1:1 time with you to listen about your issues/problems as well as discuss the future roadmap. For instance, Bala Rajaraman who is the Distinguished Engineer with responsibilities including the architecture and design for Cloud & Service Management solutions is going to be in India and it is your opportunity to catch up with Bala.
Last but not the least, there is going to be Solution Expos that will be setup for you, so you have a opportunity to touch and feel the cloud solutions. This should include industry specific demos and technology/product demos from IBM as well as partners.
So be there on Oct 19, 20th at the IBM Software Universe 2011. It is going to teach you a new skill – How to ride the next big wave… the cloud wave..
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Join us for the Managing the Cloud Webcast series to learn more about best practices, technical approaches and capabilities to help solve your business and technical challenges in the cloud. Sign up for these free 1 hour webcasts today.
Best practices for cloud service management - Nov 8, 12-1EST
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.https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/signup.do?source=swg-tivoli-nov8managingcloud Performance management in the cloud - Nov 15, 12-1EST Cloud services can leverage everything from databases to mainframe transactions to SOA services, so the ability to see how all these different touch points are performing is critical. See how integrated service management can provide the capabilities you need to monitor and manage today's cloud based services and help you meet your service level goals.https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/signup.do?source=swg-tivoli-nov15managingcloud
Performance management in the cloud - Nov 15, 12-1EST
Cloud services can leverage everything from databases to mainframe transactions to SOA services, so the ability to see how all these different touch points are performing is critical. See how integrated service management can provide the capabilities you need to monitor and manage today's cloud based services and help you meet your service level goals.https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/signup.do?source=swg-tivoli-nov15managingcloud
Chapter 19 – Tivoli Process Automation Engine
As we discussed in the previous post, it is important that the all the processes work together to bring successful automation in the cloud management platform. A process workflow automation engine is what makes this possible. In this chapter we will discuss more about Tivoli process automation engine that’s form the base for IBM process automation in the cloud space.
process automation engine provides a user interface, configuration services, workflows and the common data system needed
for IBM Service Management products and other services. As we already know IBM
Service Management (ISM) is a comprehensive and integrated approach for
Service Management, integrating technology, information, processes, and people
to deliver service excellence and operational efficiency and effectiveness for
traditional enterprises, service providers, and mid-size companies. Tivoli process automation engine, previously known as Tivoli base services, provides
the base infrastructure for applications like Tivoli Maximo Asset Management,
Change and Configuration Manager Database (CCMDB), Tivoli Service Request
Manager (SRM), Tivoli Asset Management for IT (TAMIT), Tivoli Proivisioning
Manager as well as Tivoli Service Automation Manager. Any product that has the Tivoli process automation engine as its foundation can be
installed with any other product that has the Tivoli process automation engine.
IBM Service Management (ISM) comprises of
Through having a common process automation engine, the we can successfully link Operational and Business services with Infrastructure through a single (J2EE) platform. We can also leverage current investments through linking this engine with existing process automation technologies and products. So by building a unified platform to automate processes, we have taken data integration to the next level where sharing data between applications has never been easier. This integrated process automation platform can support the repeatable IT functions like Incident Management, Problem Management, Change Management, Configuration Management all the way through to Release Management. All of these processes tie into the CMDB where they share consistent data via bidirectional integration. The platform supports best practices such as ITIL and other Industry best practices. This facilitates an automated approach across the IT management lifecycle. It's also forms the basis for automating repetitive tasks that can be handled by the system instead of requiring human (costly) intervention. TPAE through the adapters provide data federation from multiple sources that you already have and translating the information into usable data that can be leveraged by internal process and workflow.
Figure 1 Tivoli process automation integrated portfolio
The Tivoli Process Automation Engine Wiki provides details on each of the components and capabilities that make up this integrated portfolio.
The Certification Study Guide Series : Foundations of Tivoli Process Automation Engine is a IBM® Redbooks publication that can guide you to get an IBM Professional Certification on Tivoli Process Automation Engine.
Brocade and Avnet Technology Solutions Bring Simplified Server and Desktop Virtualization Solutions to the Channel Through the Brocade CloudPlex Architecture
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In a cloud service provider environment, there are various business processes and compliance that needs to be addressed before the environment can go live / operational. The following are the areas that need to be designed are the following:
IBM's strategy differentiates from other vendors in that it is focused on bridging business and IT processes using a common software framework with common services, including process automation and security services. IBM Service Management is built on the Tivoli Service Management Platform and wrapped with best practices, methodologies and services, to help you deliver services to your customers effectively and efficiently.
We provide an Integrated Solution that represents the full management of data, processes, tooling and people. The key differentiator is a common data model that all the core solutions can share for simple data sharing. It is important that the all the processes work together. A process workflow automation engine is what makes this possible. We will discuss more about this common workflow process automation engine in the next post.
FleetCor Selects Brocade to Provide Cloud-Optimized Network Services for 500,000 Commercial Accounts
Leading Fuel Card Provider Values Brocade Market Leadership, Reliability and Network Security
SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 07/19/11 -- Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced that FleetCor, a leading independent global provider of specialized payment products and services to businesses, commercial fleets, major oil companies, petroleum marketers and government fleets, has selected Brocade as the vendor to build its cloud-optimized network. This new network enhances FleetCor's ability to securely process millions of transactions monthly and ultimately better serve its commercial accounts in 18 countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Millions of commercial payment cards are in the hands of FleetCor cardholders worldwide, and they are used to purchase billions of gallons of fuel per year. Given this volume of network-based transactions, network reliability, scalability and security were critical factors for FleetCor to consider in its selection process to maintain superior customer satisfaction.
In addition, FleetCor selected Brocade as its networking expert to help evolve its data center and IT operations into a more agile private cloud infrastructure. Brocade® cloud-optimized networks are designed to reduce network complexity while increasing performance and reliability. Brocade solutions for private cloud networking are purpose-built to support highly virtualized data centers.
"When we evaluated networking vendors to build our private cloud, we looked at market leadership and non-stop access to critical data," said Waddaah Keirbeck, senior vice president global IT, FleetCor. "Brocade cloud-optimized networking solutions are perfect for our data centers because they allow us to optimize applications faster, virtually eliminate downtime and help us meet service level agreements for our customers. Moving to a cloud-based model also provides us the flexibility to make adjustments on the fly and access secure information virtually anywhere and anytime."
FleetCor installed a Brocade MLXe router for each of its three data centers, citing scalability as a major driver for the purchase. This approach enables FleetCor to virtualize its geographically distributed data centers and leverage the equipment it already has, at the highest level, to achieve maximum return on investment. The Brocade MLXe provides additional benefits for FleetCor by using less power and has a smaller footprint than competitive routers; critical in power-and space-constrained locations in order to allow for growth. The Brocade MLXe also enables continuous business operation for FleetCor based on Multi-Chassis Trunking, massive scalability supporting highest 100 GbE density in the industry with no performance degradation for advanced features like IPv6 and flexible chassis options to meet network and business requirements.
The Brocade ServerIron ADX Series of high-performance application delivery switches provides FleetCor with a broad range of application optimization functions to help ensure the reliable delivery of critical applications. Purpose-built for large-scale, low-latency environments, these switches accelerate application performance, load-balance high volumes of data and improve application availability while making the most efficient use of the company's existing infrastructure. It also delivers dynamic application provisioning and de-provisioning for FleetCor's highly virtualized data center, enables seamless migration and translation to IPv6 with unmatched performance.
As an added benefit for its bottom line, through the use of Brocade ADX Series switches and Brocade MLX™ Series routers FleetCor has eliminated thousands of costly networking cables, saving it hundreds of thousands of dollars and allowing the company to segment, streamline and secure its network. FleetCor has also been able to easily integrate Brocade network technology with third-party offerings already installed in the network, for complete investment protection. FleetCor anticipates moving to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) solutions for its backbone switch in the near future.
"We wanted a dependable, secure, redundant, 24 by 7 backbone switch in each of our data centers to help us leverage the benefits of cloud computing and the Brocade MLXe delivered on all fronts," said Keirbeck. "By virtualizing our data center, Brocade allows for non-stop access to the mission-critical data that FleetCor and its customers rely on every day. We chose the Brocade MLXe because of the tremendous results we already saw from our existing Brocade solutions and the exceptional support and service."
According to a report from analyst firm Gartner, "Although 'economic affordability' is an immediate, attractive benefit, the biggest advantages (of cloud services) result from characteristics such as built-in elasticity and scalability, reduced barriers to entry, flexibility in service provisioning and agility in contracting."(1)
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(1)Gartner " Cloud-Computing Service Trends: Business Value Opportunities and Management Challenges, Part 1" February 23, 2010
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