Pulse 2014 - What can you learn by taking a hands-on lab?
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What can you learn
By Paul Quigley
Pulse is an annual event, with worldwide attendance from many customers, IBM Business Partners, and IBM employees. This year, Pulse runs from Sunday, Feb. 23rd through Wednesday, Feb. 26th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Attendees can choose from among several venues – technical overviews, case studies, panel and group discussions, meet the experts, birds of a feather, general sessions, the SolutionExpo and even a few receptions.
Did you know that there is a room where you can test drive many products and solutions at Pulse? It’s called the hands-on lab room. Hands-on labs provide an opportunity to gain first-hand technical experience with IBM’s products and solutions. This blog highlights several of the more than 130 hands-on labs, representing 60 products.
Some hands-on labs are taken directly from one of our enablement courses while others are developed specifically for Pulse.
Suppose you are interested in SmartCloud Control Desk. We have 10 labs for SmartCloud Control Desk. For example, A03: SmartCloud Control Desk - Fulfilling a Service Request. In this hands-on lab, you use the Service Desk to work with a user issue from the initial report through service request, incident, problem ticket creation, and finally to the resolution of the issue. You order the request through the Self Service Center, which uses the capabilities of the Service Catalog to handle the request. This lab is Introductory and should take approximately 60 minutes to complete.
Suppose you are interested in monitoring. You can choose hands-on labs that provide experience with the IBM Application Performance Management and Tivoli Monitoring products. We have 16 labs focusing on the monitoring family of products.
If you are new to monitoring, you might consider F01: IBM Tivoli Monitoring - Introduction to Enterprise Portal. During this lab exercise, you learn about workspaces and views. You navigate the interface to locate critical information about performance and availability of enterprise resources. This lab is Introductory and should take approximately 60 minutes to complete.
Perhaps, you need to understand how to write monitoring “situations.” F05: IBM Tivoli Monitoring - Writing Effective Situations is a lab you should consider. This step-by-step lab exercise covers how to create situations in Tivoli Enterprise Portal to monitor your enterprise. During this exercise, you will experience different usage scenarios for each type of situation, including Standard, Correlated and Embedded. You need a good understanding of Tivoli Enterprise Portal and how to navigate workspaces to get the most outof this lab exercise. This lab is Intermediate and should also take 60 minutes to complete.
If you are familiar with monitoring and need to understand how to best monitor your cloud resources, take lab K03: SmartCloud Orchestrator - Monitoring Your Cloud. In this lab exercise, you learn how to monitor resource usage in the cloud. You use SmartCloud Orchestrator to deploy a virtual machine with an IBM Tivoli Monitoring agent to collect and feed data to an existing Tivoli Monitoring infrastructure. Before the deployment, you use the Image Construction and Composition Tool (ICCT) to configure SmartCloud Orchestrator to deploy monitoring agents on to virtual machines as they are provisioned. This lab is Introductory and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.
While we are on the subject of provisioning cloud resources, another topic of interest might be lab K02: SmartCloud Orchestrator - Managing your Cloud Costs. In this lab exercise, you use SmartCloud Cost Management to define rates for the cost of using cloud resources. Then you use those rates to determine the cost of a user’s cloud resources deployed with SmartCloud Orchestrator and create an invoice to bill the user for the cloud resources that were used. This lab is Introductory and also takes 45 minutes to complete.
If you need to implement multi-tenancy in your SmartCloud Orchestrator environment, consider taking lab K13: SmartCloud Orchestrator - Implementing Multi-tenancy for Resource Segregation. In this lab exercise, you implement the multi-tenancy features included with SmartCloud Orchestrator. You create a new domain to completely segregate resources between two customers. This lab is Intermediate and will take 60 minutes to complete.
Maybe you’ve heard about virtual application patterns, but you don’t know what they are. Consider taking lab K11: IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator Autoscale Your Applications in the Cloud. In this lab session, you deploy a virtual application under SmartCloud Orchestrator and monitor its progress. This exercise demonstrates the power and flexibility of a virtual application pattern deployment. A virtual application instance can automatically scale out to deploy more virtual machines in the event of heavy load and to scale in when the load decreases. This lab is Intermediate and will take 60 minutes to complete.
There are 16 hands-on labs for SmartCloud Orchestrator. The ones discussed in this blog are just a sample of what you can learn.
Other hands-on labs provide practical experience with IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, IBM Security Access Manager, IBM Security Identity Manager, IBM PureFlex, IBM Tivoli Netcool, IBM Endpoint Manager, and more.
Hands-on labs location and hours:
Come to the hands-on lab room at your convenience and can take as many labs as you have time for. You can come during lunch. You can come instead of attending a session, or even at the end of your day. All lab exercises are designed to be self-paced and most take between 45 to 60 minutes each.
You can’t get to Pulse, unless you register. If you haven’t already registered, here is the link:
I hope to see you at Pulse 2014!
About the author
Paul Quigley is a Senior Technical Enablement Specialist with the IBM Cloud and Smarter Infrastructure Enablement team, with expertise in Tivoli Service Automation Manager, Tivoli Provisioning Manager, and Smart Cloud Orchestrator.