Please join the Tivoli User Community for a live Webcast, Best Practices in Data Center Infrastructure Management with the new IBM and Emerson Network Power Solution, on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM ET USA.
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IBM and Emerson Network Power have recently partnered to provide an end-to-end Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) solution. This solution combines Tivoli's IT Service Management expertise with Emerson's real-time infrastructure optimization capabilities, enabling holistic management of the data center ecosystem. Join this live webcast to learn:
The definition of real-time DCIM
The state of the data center today
Primary challenges facing the data center
Benefits of DCIM and how DCIM is being adopted
How the combination of IBM Tivoli and Emerson Trellis deliver visibility, control, and automation to all of the components of the data center
Vikul Banta, Strategy and Product Management, IBM Software Group, Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure
Sean Nicholson, VP and General Manager, Worldwide IBM Tivoli Business, Emerson
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IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator, the first new private cloud offering based on OpenStack and other cloud standards, is now available. Users are looking for Cloud solutions that increase agility, cost savings and offer a competitive advantage. IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator exceeds those needs:
Patterns of expertise learned from decades of successful Client and Partner Engagements - SmartCloud Orchestrator captures best practices for complex tasks, abstracted not hardcoded. Built in best practices KPIs, Measurement & Policies in the patterns to allow for semi-automated or automated vertical scaling up & down. Deploy applications rapidly with repeatable patterns across private and public clouds: SmartCloud Orchestrator enables third-party software deployments and custom pattern creation to “build once” and deploy across private and public clouds.
Robust, automated, high scale cloud provisioning - requested VMs will be up and running in under a minute using standard hardware
SmartCloud Orchestrator includes OpenStack!
End to End Orchestration, bridging domains, cloud, infrastructure, back-end integration, processes, service processes, etc. Dynamic at runtime to ensure you have the latest Human and Automated Interaction.
Lower operational costs by leveraging existing hardware and hypervisor - single management platform across different infrastructures reduces complexity and operational cost. Integrates compute, network, storage and application delivery: enable organizational integration
Get started today!
SmartCloud Orchestrator Analyst and PressCoverage:
Beta code is now available for testing for the next release of OMEGAMON XE on z/VM and Linux, which is currently under development.
There are options to download and install the Beta code in your test/sandbox environment, or remotely access an IBM hosted environment.
Any feedback you have on the product features can be provided directly to the Development team.
Education is available through recorded web conferences and product documentation drafts, and one method of feedback available is through a discussion forum.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Nate Gaffaney (email@example.com).
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Below is the original case study created by the internal Tivoli IT team and outlines our journey to the cloud.
With over 40 sites worldwide, IBM® Tivoli® IT faced high capital, management, and administration costs, and less than optimal efficiency. Lack of a virtualized IT environment limited the organization’s ability to reuse and share IT resources and best practices. Predominantly manual request workflows, and capacity management and administration processes drove up management costs and resulted in average delivery times for new resource requests of weeks to months. Additionally, the organization’s physical resources were largely underutilized, with average utilization of 5-6 percent.
IBM Tivoli IT consulted with IBM cloud computing and systems technology experts to create a geographically dispersed and secure cloud that can be monitored and managed through centralized tooling. This approach is helping to reduce IT expenses, capital requirements, security administration, and setup and deployment time for resources. Through this initiative, the organization moved its existing servers into virtualization pools and deployed new virtual machines, consolidating the total number of worldwide labs from 12 infrastructure anchor sites. It then leveraged IBM Integrated Service Management solutions based on Tivoli software to automate end-user services, provide users with a catalog of available services to choose from, and efficiently monitor, manage and secure the environment.
This private cloud provides developers and testers with predictable, rapid access to securely reserve, provision and deploy development and test environments. It also gives them the ability to manage images that can be certified, stored, centralized and published. The central monitoring and management component maintains effective and efficient service delivery across the entire cloud. It monitors all of the resources, service requests, operating systems and energy usage. And it centralizes IT asset information so staff can define and implement detailed lifecycle workflows to track and manage assets from cradle to grave.
Information is collected and presented through customized dashboards. These dashboards allow administrators to track performance, availability, utilization and capacity of resources, and to proactively forecast and plan for future needs. For example, administrators can easily track the usage of resources based on the services requested and provide that information to development and test managers so they can adjust resource reservations to support their projects. With all asset information in a single application, staff can quickly search, identify and deploy inactive assets from a base of more than 30,000 virtual systems to meet a development need worldwide. When needed, capacity can be increased simply by “plugging in” a virtualized infrastructure anywhere in the world. Users are authenticated against IBM’s employee directory to quickly provide secure access to this private cloud.
In just 10 months, the team deployed a secure private cloud that enables the organization to get more use out of existing resources and avoid significant capital expense. So far, Tivoli IT has avoided more than $4.5 million in capital expenditures and saved more than $3 million in operational expenses with its move to cloud computing. Average server utilization has risen from 5 percent to as much as 60 percent. Additionally, the organization can provide increasingly better service to its users—delivering services more rapidly, consistently and with fewer errors. Average delivery times for new resources have been reduced from months and weeks to days and hours. This improved service enables developers and testers to complete higher quality work and deliver products to market faster. This results in increased competitiveness and higher revenue for the company. The organization anticipates management and administration costs will continue to decline as service delivery processes are increasingly automated and staff is redirected to work on high-value activities and innovation projects.
IBM products and services that were used in this case study.
Tivoli Common Reporting, Tivoli Business Service Manager, Tivoli Usage and Accounting Manager, Tivoli Directory Server, Tivoli Service Request Manager, Tivoli Monitoring, Tivoli Asset Management for IT, Tivoli Service Automation Manager, Tivoli Identity Manager, Tivoli Change and Configuration Management Database, Tivoli Access Manager for Operating Systems, Tivoli Provisioning Manager, Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus, IBM Systems Director Active Energy Management
Chris Rosen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
IBM Education Assistant
A new flash module in Overview category titled Exploring the User Interface
see it: http://ibm.co/16dXYRB
What is IEA?
The IBM Education Assistant (IEA) integrates narrated presentations, Teach Me Demonstrations, tutorials, and resource links to help you successfully configure and use IBM software products.
In detail, the information provided in IEA is role and task based to demonstrate how to accomplish "specific" tasks in your software product(s). The term coined for this is aptly named "Just in Time" training.
IEA consists of:
Presentations - Technical overviews that provide background on a topic (some are audio enabled)
Teach Me Demos - guided demonstrations that show how to complete a specific task
Tutorials - step-by-step instructions to follow for completing a task
Additional reading material - links that organize product documentation, Redbooks, and white papers
A Control Center for Next Generation IT Asset and Service Management
Please join the Tivoli User Community for a live Webcast
and opportunity for Q&A, Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM ET USA and 6:00
PM ET USA.
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In 2012, IBM
introduced the IBM SmartCloud Control Desk, a unified platform for IT Service
In Feb 2013,
we released updates to SmartCloud Control Desk, adding more features, and
another step towards the vision of a true control center for your enterprise.
Key new features include
- Ability to set up an internal “enterprise app
store” with automated back end fulfillment of the applications
- Map integration which enables ability to narrow
down the geographic location of incidents and assign nearby resources
- “What-if” impact analysis to model potential
changes to the environment before they happen to identify high risk
- Usability improvements that help IT become more
Chris Dittmer, Worldwide Sr. Market
Manager, IBM Tivoli IT Service Management
CJ Paul, Senior Technical Staff Member and Chief Architect, IBM IT
Service Management Solutions
The Official Tivoli User Community is the
largest online and offline organization of Tivoli professionals in the world –
home to over 160 local User 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 Tivoli products. The Tivoli User Community
offers the opportunity to learn and collaborate on the latest topics and issues
that matter most. Membership is complimentary. Join NOW!
The challenges of
virtualized environments are driving the shift to greater integration of
service management capabilities such as image and patch management, high-scale
provisioning, monitoring, storage and security. Join us for this webcast to learn how
organizations can realize the full benefits of virtualization to reduce
management costs, decrease deployment time, increase visibility into
performance and maximize utilization.
If you're in North America, register here for the April 16th session:
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The enterprise monitoring space
offers a diverse portfolio of feature rich monitoring options, each
providing a myriad of different metrics, graphs, and pieces of data. In
this diverse environment one of the market leaders is IBM Tivoli Monitoring (ITM),
a longtime mainstay in the monitoring space because of its stability,
diverse feature set, wealth of integrations with IBM and 3rd party
technologies, and overall platform maturity. One of the facets of ITM
that makes it so desirable for a large enterprise is the diversity of
the platforms that it has the ability to monitor and manage, via the
many “agents” produced by IBM and it’s partners. With that in mind we
are very excited to discuss with you some of the exciting new features
contained in the latest version of the ITM for Virtual Environments
XenApp Agent, version 7.2 – a solution that Blue Medora co-develops with IBM.
In version 7.2 the ITM for VE XenApp Agent retains all of the
functionality of the previous version, version 7.1, so administrators
can still quickly see an overview of their individual XenApp servers ,
wrapped up in a single location. 7.2 introduces two new capabilities
that dramatically expand the scope and depth of the XenApp agent.
In the Citrix environment the license server is a critical
component that meters the distribution of license throughout the
environment, so the first feature we would like to highlight is XenApp
License Server Monitoring. The License Server monitoring feature is
displayed with-in it’s own sub-node and displays detailed metrics on
configuration, CLS Events, and most importantly license availability and
usage . XenApp License server monitoring allows an administrator to
easily, and quickly gain insight into their licensing without ever
having to navigate away from a Tivoli Enterprise Portal Console.
Conversely the XenApp 7.2 agent also gathers an extensive amount of
warehouse data, which can be aggregated by reporting tools such as
Tivoli Common Reporting.
The second feature we would like to highlight is the newly-added
remote farm monitoring functionality. With this new functionality, an
administrator is now able to install the XenApp agent on a Windows
System anywhere in the Domain and monitor a XenApp Farm remotely along
with high-level dashboard views of the XenApp Zones, WorkerGroups, and
shared XenApp Applications, with no additional software footprint on the
XenApp Server. The new XenApp remote farm node provides additional
workspaces for applications, farm, worker group, and zone information.
In addition to standalone remote monitoring, version 7.2 can also
provide remote farm monitoring, license server monitoring, and local
monitoring all from a single agent instance.
The ability to seamlessly gain insight into an entire XenApp deployment
through a single pain of glass and with only a few clicks is an exciting
proposition for both administrators and managers alike. In the
subsequent posts in this blog series on the XeApp v72 Agent, we will
explore in more detail some of the features that we have briefly
discussed above. We will go in depth, and provide examples of how the
7.2 Version of the ITM for Virtual Environments XenApp Agent will help
to streamline your infrastructure monitoring and increase productivity
and efficiency, all through the IBM Tivoli Platform that IT
professionals and managers alike can depend on.
My team and I have been heads down working to get Smart Cloud Orchestrator
, our newest cloud offering, to market. Last week we had our annual Pulse conference
in Vegas. I'm just recovering from its aftermath now and wanted to write a short blog about the experience. It should be no surprise that folks like James Governer of Redmonk offered some interesting perspectives
along with Infoworld
, and Wired
. While I am very pleased to hear the overwhelmingly positive press coverage, I am truly stoked about the direct customer feedback I got during the event.
Between sessions, Vegas dinners, and the occasional shut eye, I had a lot of customer meetings. Since we first announced our involvement with OpenStack, Chris Ferris, Todd Moore and I have been meeting with customers all over the world. Most of these discussions were with customers already working with OpenStack on their own. Last week, we had the band together again meeting with customers together and independently. What was interesting for me was that it's no longer just the bleading edge early adopters! Many customers are realizing that OpenStack is the future of the datacenter and they don't want to get left behind. Similarly, more and more of our enterprise customers have seen the benefits of DevOps and its relationship to cloud technologies. Things really have changed a lot during this past year!
While standardizing on the IaaS is a critical first step, I was thrilled to hear how many customers are using Chef
These arguably represent the second step towards the fruits of DevOps. It really feels like we're finally ready for the next step in this journey. Ironically, less than two weeks before Pulse, OpenStack Heat was voted in as a core OpenStack project
after a year of incubation. Heat
was started by RedHat as an open source implementation of Amazon's Cloud Formations
which enables users to easily combine multiple cloud resources together to form more meaningful solutions, applications, or services. Just as OpenStack compute moved past its original Amazon compatible APIs onto its own truly open APIs, I expect we'll see the same evolution in Heat. In fact, there is already an Oasis standards technical committee working on this very problem called TOSCA
. I really think these two efforts need to converge so that TOSCA is the open standard specification and Heat is the open source reference implementation. The Heat team has been talking about this since its inception.
I really liked the way Jesse Andrews
, one of the OpenStack founders
, put it. Jesse has long been using the analogy of the linux kernel to describe OpenStack and does not want it to stray from this for its own good. When we talked about heat last week he again used an analogy from linux. This time he chose the debian package manager tool APT
to describe heat as the package manager for the cloud operating system. I think this is a brilliant analogy, because the success of any operating system hinges upon the applications that run on it. Similarly, the value of cloud is in the applications or services that run on it.
I'm excited about heat and I'm looking forward to the next OpenStack summit
to discuss its evolution. Our Smart Cloud Orchestrator is all about open reusable automation content
. Be it native packages, chef recipes/cookbooks, virtual images, TOSCA templates, or BPMN standards
we want our customers, partners, and open source communities to be able to share and reuse cloud automation. I hope heat and TOSCA become the enabler for distributing and operating cloud applications and services. Anyone interested to help on this, please contact me and join me next month at the Havana summit!
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