by C.J. Meidlinger On or about the beginning of March 2013, the IBMers known as 'lab proctors' will set out from their homes all over the globe, converge on Las Vegas, and test their lab environments one last time before opening them up to the thousands of Pulse 2013 ( http://www-01.ibm.com/software/tivoli/pulse ) participants. A typical day for a lab proctor is pretty long. The lab room is often open for business before the first lecture session of the day and there are always a few hangers-on at the end of the day trying... [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.
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]
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]
TPM toolkit for SmartCloud Orchestrator, part 1
by C. J. Meidlinger
While teaching a SmartCloud Orchestrator (SCO) workshop recently, a student asked about calling Tivoli Provisioning Manager (TPM) from SCO. Although SCO certainly provides tools for building such integrations, it is easier and faster to use integrations built by others. If SCO does not provide a ready-to-use integration for TPM out of the box, the first place one should look is the ISM Cloud Marketplace . A quick check there showed us the IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator... [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]
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]
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]
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]
in the Cloud, part 2
C omputer-on-a-board provides a home network solution
automated, secure data backup at a low cost
mentioned in the previous posting, I wanted to take advantage of
cloud technology benefits, but was leery of having extremely private
information compromised. To get the best of both worlds, I elected
to go with an in-home cloud, and I got to play with some pretty slick
stuff along the way.
had an in-home backup... [More]
in the cloud
use of cloud technologies
questions and concerns for the average consumer
and working with cloud technologies, I see presentations from
executives, sales professionals, service folks, and my immediate
colleagues. I look at implementation plans and understand the
benefits to moving infrastructure, services, processes and storage to
cloud environments. I also see the challenges that cloud can
present. In working with... [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]
Never a dull moment :
and Course Development offer challenges but provide rewards
by John Crawford
As a technical enablement specialist for IBM, my duties and
those of my colleagues are many and varied. When I think about the things I do
in a given week, thoughts quickly turn to a juggler or someone holding a rather
tall stack of hats of various shapes and sizes.
That is one aspect of the job that makes it extremely
enjoyable. Historically, in my life prior to working... [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]
This article originally appeared in IBM's "Thoughts on Cloud" blog which can be found here: http://thoughtsoncloud.com/ September 27,
5 considerations when moving to the cloud
While there is great appeal for moving to the cloud, you might want to be on
the lookout for some of the following considerations. While these are the top
ones, they do not constitute an exhaustive list.
1. Monitoring: can I see what I have and monitor it?
This is an essential part of assessing how your... [More]