IBM SmartCloud Provisioning 2.1
provides enhanced capabilities including Infrastructure as a Service
by Pam Geiger
IBM released SmartCloud Provisioning version 2.1 in early August. As with the last release, customers are given an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud platform. However, this IaaS capability is greatly enhanced with additional functionality.
Specifically, the added functionality includes such things as the capability to quickly deploy multiple virtual systems in the form of patterns. The use of patterns enhances the capability of the solution, enabling users to deploy entire virtual systems – more than just a virtual machine - in a matter of minutes. In addition, the Image Construction and Composition Tools component simplifies the process of constructing virtual images. This version of the component introduced the concept of image personalities, which helps to keep the total number of managed images to a minimum.
IBM SmartCloud Provisioning 2.1 also includes a Virtual Image Library component. The Virtual Image Library gives users the capability to manage all of their virtual images from a single location. It is designed to warehouse virtual images and ease lifecycle management of those images.
In addition to the KVM, ESX, and XEN hypervisor support in SmartCloud Provisioning 1.2, SmartCloud Provisioning 2.1 adds support for Hyper-V and PowerVM hypervisors providing a single management platform across different infrastructures. This single solution across platforms reduces complexity and operational cost. The SmartCloud Provisioning solution allows users to design and deploy consistent and repeatable composite applications into a cloud of virtualized hardware running any of the supported hypervisors.
In the main interface, the pattern editor allows users to
· Drag and drop virtual images into a pattern
· Insert add-ons to create user identifiers (IDs) and passwords in the virtual machine
· Add additional network interface controllers (NICs)
· Add additional storage volumes upon deployment of the pattern.
Further, script packages can also be included, allowing for anything from simple customization of existing components to installation of entire applications at deployment time.
The High Scale Low Touch (HSLT) cloud, included with the product, allows users to deploy a highly scalable and reliable private cloud in a matter of hours, which can then be managed by SmartCloud Provisioning. SmartCloud Provisioning is ideal for those customers who are new to cloud computing and looking to quickly implement a private cloud with near-zero downtime.
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Pam Geiger is a Senior Enablement Specialist with IBM Software Services for Tivoli. She develops and presents course material for IBM employees and clients. She has been with IBM for 27 years.