Karen Durston (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote this post. She is a WebSphere Education course developer and instructor.
I got a surprise package in the mail last week: a new book. I worked on a Redbook last year and it has been published.
I enjoy the times, when working on jigsaw puzzles, when I suddenly realize how two big chunks of the puzzle relate to each other. I’ve worked in both Tivoli and WebSphere education so this Redbook project was a lot like that jigsaw experience for me. It involves multiple products: Tivoli’s Service Management Extensions for Hybrid Clouds, IBM Tivoli Monitoring and WebSphere Cast Iron, among others!
The hybrid cloud in this case is an enterprise which has both a private cloud and a public cloud. Suppose, for example, that the company uses the public cloud to accommodate peak loads, commonly called a cloud burst. The same workload is running on the private and public cloud.
The enterprise wants to be able to monitor resource usage in the public cloud just as it does on the private cloud. These extensions allow administrators to monitor virtual machines running in the public cloud along-side private cloud resources. (The extensions also provide other plug-ins such as provisioning and directory synchronization, but that was not my part of the puzzle.)
The WebSphere Cast Iron component does the data integration between the public and private clouds. Plug-ins are installed on the appliance which understands the format of the monitoring data, for example, IBM Tivoli Monitoring is used to display resource usage from both clouds, on the same portal.
To learn how to do this, download the Redbook. Here is a description of the Service Manage Extensions for the Hybrid Cloud.