TSAM 723 is now available. Passport Advantage Online Web site has complete images of the following
release of Tivoli Service Automation Manager offers a set of new features and
enhancements to the existing functions:
System p enhancements:
more advanced VIO configuration scenarios:
This feature allows you to exploit more advanced networking features for load
balancing , backup, and high availability. It allows you for more sophisticated
network VIO configurations.
Added support for volume groups based on multiple LUNs:
Support for large file systems that are based on multiple small LUNs, for
examlple SAN disks. Such small LUN are often imposed by customer policies. Two
main new scenarios are supported:
- You can create large volume groups based on multiple
- You can add new LUNs to the existing volume
Multithreading/Multitasking improvement during z/VM
For z/VM configurations in which the flashcopy was not enabled, you can now
run administrative commands while the image copy is in progress.
Time to Value improvements
complexity and duration for a new Tivoli Service Automation Manager installation
by about 35%:
This time reduction can be achieved by including Tivoli Provisioning Manager
7.2.1 base installation in Tivoli Service Automation Manager 7.2.3 and by
removing Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Images from the standard Tivoli Service
Automation Manager installation.
Support for new management
server operating systems:
- System x: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1
- System p: AIX 7.1
- System z: Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Support for new administrative workstation operating
- System x: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10.3
- System p: AIX 7.1
KVM on System x:
- SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11.2
- Windows 2008
- Windows 2008 R2
Performance, Configuration, and RAS
and more robust reservation:
Depending on the complexity of the environment, the reservation algorithm
performance is improved and uses less system resources. The overall throughput
is increased considerably by having lower end to end service times. The new
algorithm is up to 15 times faster compared to Tivoli Service Automation Manager
7.2.2 and the system load on the management server is reduced up to 10%.
Consumability improvements in cloud configuration applications:
Configuration time and complexity are reduced thanks to the following new
- Displaying of current resource consumption
- New capabilities related to network configuration
and cloud pool revisions and auditing
- Improved VMware discovery performance by
introducing cluster scoped discovery
Improved RAS and
- Continuous improvement of the general system
- Improved error handling of failed Tivoli
Provisioning Manager workflows to avoid unexpected rerunning of workflows in
- Improved messaging for partially resolved service
requests, for example in a situation when provisioning of a virtual machine
succeeds but installation of additional software fails
Since February, I have been speaking to many customers about our new capacity management and planning reports that are available in ITM for Virtual Servers v6.2.3 (click here for demos & whitepapers on the subject
). One common theme that has been popping up is in the form of this question - How do I take this information and automate the change I need to make to optimize my system? For example, one customer said they loved the report that shows a list of LPARs that could be right sized (LPARs that have been over allocated CPU, Memory), but they have 3,500 LPARs in their environment - who is going to take the time to make that adjustment - even if it is just 10% of the workloads that need to be adjusted, that is 350 LPARs that need to be reconfigured. Good point I thought. Computers are supposed to do the work for us, aren't they?
Thank goodness our smart PhDs are actively working on that problem now - by taking information and transforming it into recommendations. Using the above example, this customer wants to right size their VMs to optimize their environment - i.e. the goal is to free up space to add additional workloads in the future, or to lengthen the time to purchase additional hardware. Taking this business policy into account, the software will provide recommendations for configuration changes and where to place workloads in the environment to optimize hardware utilization.
This approach to solving the problem will require different thinking on behalf of our IT personnel from "give me the data" to thinking in terms of compliance to business policies - is the goal to reduce hardware costs, energy costs or to ensure application A does not sit on the same server as Application B.
If this topic is interesting, I invite you to join in the conversation by adding to the list of what other kinds of business policies would you like actionable recommendations. If you are really, really interested in this topic, I invite you to join our beta program (contact our beta manager Gary @ email@example.com).
In the context of the development activites for the SmartCloud Orchestrator content pack for Web Applications we have been experiencing the differences between public and private IBM clouds, carving out a set of practices for deploying the same application seamlessly on both SmartCloud Orchestrator and IBM BlueMix.
We collected what we learned from this experience in this just published article, where out J2EE case study application is implemented via a Virtual Application Pattern in SmartCloud Orchestrator and via the Libery profile + SQLDB services in BlueMix.
Code, deployment automation and design choices are explained in detail, keeping the focus on how to avoid tying your application to the target deployment infrastructure. Check it out at https://ibm.biz/dwjavabmsco.
This webcast will be held on June 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM ET USA
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Virtualization, cloud computing, and the consumerization of IT continue to drive fundamental shifts in data center management priorities. Many organizations are implementing multi-hypervisor architectures and hybrid public and private cloud strategies.
Advanced automation and orchestration solutions are key to helping IT data center operations teams effectively manage increasingly complex enterprise computing environments.
Join this webinar to learn more about IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator, one of the industry’s first cloud solutions built on OpenStack technology. IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator can support a broad range of hypervisors, storage, network and compute resources, allows companies to quickly deploy applications onto the cloud infrastructure of their choosing by lining up the virtual and physical compute, storage and network resources, to quickly deploy and manage consistent and compliant cloud services.
About the Speaker:
Marco Sebastiani, Product Manager for IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator and Cloud Solutions, at IBM Tivoli/IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure.
Join us for the Managing the Cloud Webcast series to learn more about best practices, technical approaches and capabilities to help solve your business and technical challenges in the cloud. Sign up for these free 1 hour webcasts today.
Best practices for cloud service management - Nov 8, 12-1EST
Organizations today are looking to cloud computing to deliver cost savings and faster service delivery. However, most organizations are still struggling to have the basic IT infrastructure that is necessary to take the leap to a robust cloud. This session will explain how service management can help provide the essentials to maintain service levels in the cloud and best practices based on IBM's work with customers. This information will provide the foundation for building and managing a cloud to meet your business objectives and transform IT.https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/signup.do?source=swg-tivoli-nov8managingcloud
Performance management in the cloud - Nov 15, 12-1EST
Cloud services can leverage everything from databases to mainframe transactions to SOA services, so the ability to see how all these different touch points are performing is critical. See how integrated service management can provide the capabilities you need to monitor and manage today's cloud based services and help you meet your service level goals.https://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/iwm/web/signup.do?source=swg-tivoli-nov15managingcloud
Today IBM announced new SmartCloud Foundation capabilities to help organizations realize the potential of cloud computing. Watch the replay of the IBM SmartCloud launch webcast, to learn more about how the new announcements, including IBM SmartCloud Provisioning (delivered by IBM Service Agility Accelerator for Cloud), can help customers move beyond virtualization to more advanced cloud deployments.
IBM has entered several papers to be presented at VMworld 2011. If you are attending VMworld and would like to hear what IBM has to offer to manage, automate and optimize VMware virtual and cloud environments, go to this link to vote for the IBM sessions (search IBM): www.vmworld.com
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Since our recent acquisition of UrbanCode, I am frequently asked “Does uDeploy work with SmartCloud Orchestrator”? My answer, with no hesitation, is YES, you can start today!
The design of uDeploy allows you to quickly and easily use SmartCloud Orchestrator provisioned resources as the target of uDeploy environments. The simplest way to do this is to add the uDeploy agent into a virtual system pattern, configure the agent to point to your uDeploy server, and deploy the pattern. After the pattern is up and running, just go into your uDeploy environment definition and map your application components to the agent(s) that were deployed within pattern and you’re all set.
If you wish, the version management intelligence within uDeploy even allows you to deploy new versions of the application into the same virtual system instance, incrementally, without need to redeploy the pattern each time. This saves you time as you rapidly iterate changes and agent will take care to align the system.
In addition, the flexibility to map uDeploy environments to different resources allows you to target more than just one SmartCloud Orchestrator provisioned environment. You can target SmartCloud Orchestator Amazon EC2 environments for Dev, SmartCloud Orchestrator VMware environments for staging, and physical servers for production. It’s all up to you, and is done using the same uDeploy automation process.
Please watch our short YouTube video showing how easy it is to get started using uDeploy with SmartCloud Orchestrator. This is just the beginning – watch this space for additional scenarios and integrations as the acquisition progresses. SmartCloud Orchestrator information is available on our website.
Even though server proliferation can be partially addressed through virtualization, the usage of virtual and physical assets becomes complex to accurately assess or manage. Cost management is crucial to integrate into overall service management, especially with a move into cloud. This webcast discusses how to implement a financial management roadmap and the key requirements for cloud transparency-- the ability to allocate IT costs, usage, and value.
TUC Webinar - come learn
Please join the Tivoli User Community for a live Webinar
and opportunity for questions, this coming Thursday, April 26, 2012 10:00
am, ET USA
Webinar: Managing the Smarter
Physical Infrastructure with the IBM SmartCloud Control Desk
Overview: In this free webinar, the Tivoli User Community is given an exclusive opportunity to see a demonstration of this new SmartCloud offering and ask questions of the IBM product team. IBM SmartCloud Control Desk is a unique new offering that
provides integrated management, and analytics-driven ITIL process
automation. SmartCloud Control Desk
provides a single platform—at a single price point—for managing incidents,
problems, service requests, changes, configuration, releases, assets,
procurement, service levels and licenses, and includes a service catalog. It is available in a wide range of delivery
models, including traditional install, Software-as-a-service, and virtual
This webinar will cover some of the innovative new features in Control
Desk that allow it to "automate ITIL at cloud speed" and extend the
management to smarter physical infrastructures.Learn More
About The Speakers:
- CJ Paul, Senior Technical Staff Member and Chief Architect, IBM IT
Service Management Solutions
- Chris Dittmer, Worldwide Sr. Market Manager, IBM Tivoli IT Service
- Rich Johnston, Product Manager, Tivoli Change and Configuration
Management Database, IBM SmartCloud Control Desk
Click Here to Register Webcast replays will be posted here
Spend the day in the cloud! This webinar is the hour following the presentation and demo session for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning BetaThe Official Tivoli User Community is the largest online and offline
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Communities and dozens of virtual/global groups from 29 countries – with more
than 26,000 members. The TUC community offers Users blogs and forums for
discussion and collaboration, access to the latest whitepapers, webinars,
presentations and research for Users, by Users and the latest information on
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