I was flying above the clouds headed for Tokyo after working on our Redbooks Publication IBM SmartCloud Storage Access V1.2 Implementation Guide in Shanghai. It was a very uneventful flight and then I saw something looming in the distance rising up through the clouds. Although I tried to tie the object up ahead to an analogy of my storage cloud work I quickly figured out that we were doing an amazing fly by of Mt. Fuji from 20K+ ft.
Recently, I published a draft of a new Redpaper, IBM Private, Public, and Hybrid Cloud Storage Solutions, that describes storage cloud and the functions needed for a smart storage cloud. It also highlights the IBM System Storage solutions and how they are making it easier for clients to use in the cloud by supporting OpenStack®. OpenStack and offerings like it, provide a means for traditional IT to quickly adopt newer cloud computing workflows and best practices. The image of Mt. Fuji rising above the clouds came to mind but still no direct correlation to our storage cloud Redbooks and Redpapers. I don't think we want a volcano tied to what is inside a storage cloud.
Snow capped Mt. Fuji from 20K+ ft.
Back to the new Redpaper. The IBM Storage Driver for OpenStack is a software component that integrates with the OpenStack cloud environment and enables the usage of storage resources that are provided by the following IBM storage systems:
IBM Storwize® Family
Here is an example shown in the Redpaper of how IBM has contributed to support the DS8870 in an OpenStack cloud environment.
IBM contributes DS8870 support to OpenStack Cinder
I mentioned at the beginning of the blog the recently published draft of IBM SmartCloud Storage Access V1.2 Implementation Guide. SCSA is included in the Redpaper in the Automated Provisioning section and here is a diagram that shows how it can help cloud administrators and users easily manage both block and file data.
SCSA deployment architecture
To complete the picture of IBM storage in the cloud we discuss the major offerings which now includes SoftLayer (An IBM Company) and IBM Cloud Managed Services (formerly SCE+). The figure below shows the breadth of IBM Cloud Managed Services and SoftLayer together in offering complete cloud solutions.
IBM SmartCloud Offerings
Keeping the size of the Redpaper to around 100 pages when describing the storage cloud possibilities is like trying to get your arms around Mt. Fuji.