IBM SmartCloud Cost Management
from internal and external sources
to create reports
by Paul Quigley
IBM SmartCloud Cost Management (formerly known as IBM Tivoli
Usage and Accounting Manager Enterprise Edition) provides enterprises and cloud
service providers cost management capabilities for their Infrastructure as a
Service (Iaas), Platform as a Service Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service
(SaaS) by leveraging internal and external data sources.
IBM SmartCloud Cost Management provides... [More]
IBM leverages OpenStack features;
SmartCloud Orchestrator benefits
by John Crawford
For the last few months, the recently renamed Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure Cloud Enablement team (formerly Tivoli Cloud Enablement) has been creating the training material for SmartCloud Orchestrator (SCO). As a part of the SCO team, I have attended meetings, created slides, written speaker notes, reviewed other people’s slides, commented on them and eventually as a team, conducted a T3 or “Train the Trainer”... [More]
Chef uses cooking analogies
To build environments rapidly
by Budi Darmawan
This time, I’ll talk like a foodie… about chef, cookbooks and recipes. Well, this is not exactly about food though. The chef here would ‘cook’ the recipe to build a distributed server environment. This blog post describes my journey in understanding chef and its implication for a distributed system implementation.
Chef is owned by Opscode, Inc., ( www.opscode.com... [More]
This article originally appeared in the IBM "ThoughtsOnCloud" blog earlier this fall. You can visit www.thoughtsoncloud.com for other interesting and pertinent articles Drivers and inhibitors in the journey to the cloud
While many companies are considering moving their applications to the cloud,
there is still reluctance to do so in light of some considerations and the
potential pitfalls that might be encountered.
So let’s have a look at some of the inhibiting and driving factors to move to... [More]
can streamline provisioning;
virtual machines and bare-metal servers using the same infrastructure
by Paul Quigley
Many customers have a need to provision bare metal servers
as well as virtual servers in the cloud. The customers want to use the same
self-service user interface for both types of resources.
Bare metal provisioning is different than virtualization.
The term virtualization refers to the creation of a virtual (rather... [More]
Five Last Minute
Packing Tips for Pulse
by Erik Anderson
You’ve heard about all of the speakers, live hands on labs, built your agenda, and purchased your registration, right? What? You didn’t register? Don’t worry it’s not too late. You can still do so here . NOW, you’re registered, and it’s time to pack. Sure you brought your usual clothes, your laptop or tablet, and your cell phone charger, but do you have these five things that you... [More]
Following standards matters—
whether in motors or the cloud
by David Ross
This past weekend I spent parts of three days working on my son's car, and gained another insight and appreciation for standards in general. This activity also got me to musing on the recent IBM push for building our products based on Open Standards.
You don't have to dig far to see why having a standard interface and platform can be beneficial. At the risk of sounding like a commercial, I have to give high praise to the... [More]
Let's talk about cloud...
Determining Resource Usage
And Managing Costs
By Paul Quigley
IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator (SCO) provides an open and extensible cloud management platform for managing heterogeneous hybrid environments. IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator provides the following features and benefits:
Standardization and automation of cloud services through a flexible orchestration engine and a self-service portal.
Reusable workload... [More]
an interesting IT exercise:
explaining Cloud Computing to your significant other by Erik Anderson
I set off on a mission a few weeks ago to explain what I
work on at IBM to my spouse. In doing so, I realized that the first thing I
needed to do to actually succeed at that was to relate cloud computing to something that she could understand.
In the end, I decided on using rental cars as an analogy.
As it turned out, this example resonated very well with
many different people, and I received several comments and... [More]
users with virtual desktops addresses some issues
there are some “gotchas” that you need to consider
By Budi Darmawan
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is an attempt to
provide enterprise wide employees a unified, managed environment for their
workspace. The virtual desktop allows each employee to have his or her desktop
system within the datacenter (i.e.: in the cloud), while they connect to it
using a secure connection from their pervasive devices such as smart phone,... [More]
Pulse Labs behind the
exercises is an iterative process;
Constant testing and updates result in a
positive user experience
by John Crawford
This article will focus on the process of developing the
labs that will be available at Pulse in 2013. Specifically, I will discuss the
testing and care that goes into making sure the steps in each lab work are a
fair representation of how the product will be used in the real world and... [More]
Pulse labs offer many opportunities to test drive IBM Cloud solutions: SmartCloud Provisioning, SCP Virtual Image Library and SCP Image Construction and Composition Tool
by Pam Geiger Come
visit the enablement team at Pulse and “get your hands dirty”. Everyone knows
that Pulse is a great place to see demos, attend presentations and discussions
and network You should also know that the enablement team will be there with
hands on self paced exercises for a majority of the hot Tivoli solutions. There is no... [More]
Self-service Virtual Server Provisioning in the Cloud
with IBM Service Delivery Manager
by Paul Quigley
IBM Service Delivery Manager (ISDM) is a software appliance
solution that brings together, into an integrated platform, the capabilities of
Tivoli Service Automation Manager, integrated with advanced monitoring of
virtual environments from Tivoli® Monitoring and Tivoli Monitoring for Virtual
Servers, and with enterprise metering and cost accounting capabilities provided
by Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager.
Pulse labs behind the scenes
How to decide between Windows
or Linux as a lab platform:
Size, speed and ease of management
are determining factors
by David Ross
This is the second in a series of postings
that will show you some of the effort that goes into hosting live code
exercises at a conference such as IBM Pulse. The first article in the series
can be found by clicking this link .
This series includes articles on:
Where to host the labs: Local? Remote?... [More]
The Training Bus
A dead end in the evolution
of service delivery
toward cloud computing?
by: C.J. Meidlinger
While on a recent long drive, I remembered an idea for a training delivery solution that some colleagues and I brainstormed back around the turn of the century. The idea was to put a classroom on wheels and bring the training to students. In the form of a trailer or bus, this classroom would have server grade computer hardware, projector and screen, dry erase boards, and... [More]