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Get involved with the new IBM DevOps project and beta on Jazz.net-- IBM SmartCloud Continuous Delivery is an agile, scalable and flexible solution for end-to-end lifecycle management and automation, creating an environment that takes collaboration between Development and Operation teams to the next level. Learn more.
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Using IBM SmartCloud Provisioning end users can easily create and use new virtual machines without taking care about how they are running and where they came from. Users just pick up an image to be deployed from a catalog and run it. These means that in order to fulfill all requests the catalog should be as wide as possible. Theoretically it should contains all possible combination of Operative System plus software. Meaning that cloud administrators must manage thousands and thousands of image. Number of base images increase quickly improving management costs, which may lead to a much more expensive solution rather than a cost saver infrastructure. Looking to INTERNET, there are several suggestion to consolidate your image catalog to be as smaller as possible.
Best way to create and to maintain a small image catalog is to create few standard configuration depending on the user's job role. For example a developer could require an Ubuntu systems with Lotus Notes and Rational Software Architect installed on it, while a tester may need a Windows system with TEM agent, DB2 and some other middleware to run his test scenario. In this case we can define a standard so that any user can ask for end usage driven Virtual Image deployment. She/he will require to deploy an image not selecting it by its content, but based on its job.
Even if it is a good suggestion, it could not be easy to implement. In fact if you are creating your cloud solution from scratch you can force end user to select in a small catalog the best image fitting their requirement. But if you already have your cloud environment up a running for a while and your image catalog is already out of control, its consolidation could not be an easy job. Cloud administrators should open all virtual images to look into them, understanding their content. And than decide which is the most representative, making them master templates. Just think to do this job for thousands of image.
Luckily IBM Virtual Image Library will help you in this work.
One of key features for IBM Virtual Image Library is the capacity to introspect virtual image understanding their content and allowing loud administrators to compare between them. In this way they will be able to understand how much two images are similar. When you register an operation repository to IBM Virtual Image Library, a discovery process starts. During this phase information about all images and virtual machines are retrieved from remote repository. At this time only meta data about remote objects are stored locally. Moreover virtual images are indexed, reading their contents remotely.
Once registration has finished you have possibility to start working with your catalog. Most useful operation are:
As you can imagine having a so powerful tool it will be an easy job to define your master images (defining standard configurations). And to consolidate them by merging similar images reducing them to a smaller and manageable set.
Core function for previous feature is IBM Virtual Image Library capability to introspect remote images. There are two types of analysis available:
In both cases IBM Virtual Image Library will not copy any image locally, but simply connect to remote hypervisor data store to read image disk. Reducing time and network traffic spent during this operation.
IBM Virtual Image Library allows you to introspect remote images to consolidate their number removing the unnecessary one. One you consolidated them you can also import the smallest catalog into IBM Virtual Image Library reference repository allowing you to move across hypervisors. As mentioned in Image portability across hypervisors
Interim fix 1 for IBM Service Agility Accelerator for Cloud 1.1 ( 1.1.0-TIV-ISAAC-IF0001) has been published.
You can download it from FixCentral
It addresses three defects related to the deployment of windows images.
More in details, if fixes the following issues:
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Webcast Description: The benefits from cloud computing seem clear: cost reduction, better flexibility, scale to meet business demands, etc. However, getting to cloud involves a lot of decisions. Learn how some of your colleagues are leveraging Tivoli solutions to automate virtualized environments and move to private clouds.
Speakers: Moe Abdula, IBM Director of Service Automation and Cloud Solutions and Bowman Hall, IBM Director, Cloud Computing Client Engagements
Interim Fix 2 for the ITM VMware VI agent version 7.1.0 is available. This interim fix is cumulative so customers will not need to install Interim Fix 1. For a list of APARs fixed in IF 1 see this list. Interim fix 2 includes fixes for problems described by APARs
In addition to APAR fixes this interim fix includes new attributes that were requested by customers. These attributes provide further insight into the memory demands of executing virtual machines and the CPU utilization on the host server. Added for virtual machines are usage, active, shared and granted memory attributes. For the host, CPU core utilization (vSphere 5.0 or higher is needed) has been added.
Interim Fix 2 may be downloaded from IBM Support Fix Central. More information may be found here.
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 @ firstname.lastname@example.org).
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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
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
The fix is downloadable from Fix Central and it is identified as 1.2.0-TIV-ISCP-IF0001
It addresses the following problems:
After the iFix installation the IHC component will be upgraded form version 0.20.2 to 1.0.0
For further details read the readme file associated with the interim fix
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):
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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.
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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.
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SmartCloud Provisioning limited-funciton version download, nice to pratice on this version when you only have 1 HW
SmartCloud Provisioning released its stand-alone, limited-fcunction version here:
If you only has 1 HW, you can play with it.
Nice to have it in hand to understand the product and learn how to use it.
A hotfix for Tivoli Service Automation Manager 7.2.2 that contains a fix to a small but important installation issue as well as some enhancements for migrating from the previous version is now available on the IBM Support Portal.
IBM Tivoli Monitoring for Virtual Servers has reached the Beta stage for the next major release and we are seeking interested Beta participants.
Among the features currently under development, to be highlighted in the beta program, are proposed new dashboards highlighting advancements in analytics as well as policy-driven capacity planning.
ITM for Virtual Servers Beta drop 3 that includes capacity planner was successfully released to WW customers.
This beta drop includes simple 5 step process on PlanningCenter for capacity planning, resource demand generation based on time shift & percentile utilization, topology reports.
The previous beta drop was evaluated by key business partner Orb Data. The product received positive feedback. "We recently participated in the Beta program for Tivoli's upcoming ITM for Virtual Servers release. We liked what we saw with their new dashboard capabilities and particularly the new capacity analytics features. During the Beta program we analyzed the reports that came from the VMware agent, and realized that we had a memory bottleneck. As a consequence we have now upgraded and fixed the issue.", Orb Data.
The Value for You: This program is a great channel for you to connect with development and to affect the future releases of the product.
This Beta program is open to any IBMers, and existing IBM Tivoli Monitoring customers, or Business Partners.
If you are interested please fill out and submit the online beta program nomination form:
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IBM Cloud Orchestrator 2.4 fixpack 1 is available for download from fixcentral ( http://www-933.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/ )
This release contains a large number of fixes on the 2.4 release in addition to the items listed below. This fixpack can be upgraded to from 2.4 and 2.3, as well as being available as a clean install.
- As an end user I want to add one or more NIC to an instance on Windows and on Linux.
- As a cloud administrator I'd like to correctly configure the region server to allow deployment on resource pools
- As a cloud administrator I would like to properly configure the -availability zone to deploy on specified data stores
- As an end user I want to deploy a VM and specify the target VMWare vSphere Cluster.
- Improve VMware documentation describing how to achieve the most common scenarios and provide clarifications on thin provisioning and linked clone support.
As an End User I want to deploy:
- Windows VMs using PCG/Nova with multiple disks in Softlayer
- single node Windows VMs to SoftLayer
- VMs on SoftLayer with multiple disks
- single node Windows VMs to VMs Amazon EC2 cloud
- VMs on Amazon with multiple disks.
As Cloud Administrator I want to connect:
- ICO to SoftLayer public cloud via a proxy
- ICO to Amazon EC2 public cloud via a proxy.
- Linux guests to Hyper-V and Windows guests to Hyper-V
PowerVC 1.2 Support
- Support of basic level of PowerVC
Do you know that a special limited time offer went live on August 14th 2012?
The offer ends on November 14th 2012
The promotion cuts 50% list price for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning.
For example, for USA, the price gets down from 250 USD per RVU to 125 USD per RVU.
Moreover you can download from here a 60 day no charge trial.
IBM SmartCloud Provisioning seamlessly integrates with key IBM offerings for advanced levels of monitoring, security,
storage and cloud optimization. Join the cloud management integrations community and learn more about these solutions.
For more information on IBM SmartCloud Provisioning: http://www-01.ibm.com/software/tivoli/products/smartcloud-provisioning/
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
TUC Webinar: Managing the Smarter Physical Infrastructure with the IBM SmartCloud Control Desk
Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at: http://tivoli-ug.org/events/community_webcasts/c/e/262.aspx
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 machine images.
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:
Spend the day in the cloud! This webinar is the hour following the presentation and demo session for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning Beta
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Framework Manager, a Windows only desktop client is a tool used to customize/extend/create data models. If the user wants to add new or 3rd party data to Tivoli data, he can use the data modeling tool to enhance/create data models that can be used for reporting. However, if the user wants to if the user wants to create reports with the attribute groups supported by the installed agent only, he will not need to use this tool.
Installing Framework Manager: Framework Manager (FM) ships with Tivoli Common Reporting (TCR) and the setup files for installation can be found under the CognosModeling/win32 folder. Make sure to run the setup files under CognosModelingFix/win32 folder once the Framework Manager is installed. This will help you fix the SSL encryption errors that you might encounter after the FM installation. [Continue Reading]