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So I'm sitting here with a rack of BlueGene/P . 4 racks, actually, and it's on a different continent, but I still have the use of it. And I'm wondering what it can do..
One rack can drive enough data over its external fiber-optics (TCP on ethernet) to support 30,000 domestic broadband video-on-demand links. About 270 Gbit/second. And it has enough memory to hold 1000 movies. You could make a movie rental vending machine; after a couple of hours, load up another 1000 movies and try to rent them. Rinse and repeat, for as long as there is a market.
But IBM isn't going to make movies (that's Disney, and others). And IBM isnt't going to operate the 'last mile' network to the home (that's ATT, and others). IBM is going to manufacture and market the reliable, high-performance servers that you need as one of the vital components of the solution.
So come on, partner businesses. There is opportunity here (I think ... I am just the Scientist aroundhere ... who's the Market Researcher ?). Shall we take it ? Does it make the world a better place if we do ?
A place where there's room to grow. Opportunity. That's the American Dream. Who's coming ?
Cloud developers: Register for a can't-miss virtual event in October to learn indispensible techniques to prepare for the smarter planet
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If you haven’t signed up yet, be sure to check out the October cloud computing for developers virtual event. Participants in this two-day event will learn how to leverage the power of the cloud to tackle the toughest business and technical challenges! This two-day event will be packed with real-world examples and live demos of techniques and products – and you’ll see it all without leaving your desk. It's going to be exciting to have you all there with us getting smarter learning new technical skills to prepare us all for a smarter planet.
Here's some of what's in plan for the event. Remember that you can ask as many questions as you wish to our team of experts about any of our sessions.
That's not all folks, remember we have a full set of sessions on the 2nd day to. Remember, you'll have to register separately for day 2.
We are giving you a choice. Choose the 2-day event best suited to you depending on where you are in the world. Both events will have very similar sessions. Register for the event that is best timed for North American (October 12-13) or European (October 26-27) time zones.
Visit the IBM Cloud for developers group to view the agenda and session descriptions, or register here.
We are looking forward to learning with you so join us this month to get a little smarter.
Chapter 6 - Multiple Entry Points to Deploy and manage Cloud Based Services
Cloud Service Management capabilities are needed to enable visibility, control and automation of cloud services. IBM provides the following open standards based integrated capabilities to implement service management for the cloud.
If you are looking for A la carte software offering/solution for maximum flexibility, you start with IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager. This flexible solution supports user driven service requests and automated resource deployment. The key capabilities
IBM Service Delivery Manager (ISDM) is a new offering which is pre-configured management solution optimized for managing virtual environments and cloud deployments. Like Tivoli Service Automation Manager this again is also“software only” offering. In addition to the IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager features ISDM includes the additional capabilities
IBM CloudBurst compared to Tivoli Service Automation Manager and ISDM not only has the software solution optimized for cloud but also ships the integrated hardware. In addition to what was provided by its sibling offerings, IBM Cloudburst provides the following capabilities.
Thus the three offerings are designed for specific purposes and selecting the right solution is based on the requirement. You can pick from the following list and depending on what all you need, it is easy to select the solution that meets those requirements.
Quite often people are interested to know about IBM WebSphere CloudBurst and how it is different from the three discussed above. While IBM CloudBurst and WebSphere CloudBurst are both appliances that accelerate time-to-value and reduce costs they are designed for two distinct purposes.
Their integration augments the value of each offering with IBM CloudBurst enabling end-to-end service request governance for WebSphere CloudBurst provisioning and users still able to leverage a single portal for cloud service requests for rapid and optimized provisioning of virtualized WebSphere systems
Chapter 7 - IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manger – Architecture Overview
Each of the integrated capabilities required to implement service management for the cloud is provided by IBM Service Automation Manager (referred as TSAM in this chapter). TSAM supports the cloud through all the phases of the entire service lifecycle. The steps include
For supporting these phases it provides the following capabilities.
Each of these capabilities are delivered by discrete components within TSAM
A quick view of the architecture will help you understand that how these capabilities are provided by seamlessly by multiple components underneath TSAM.
Figure 1 Tivoli Service Automation Manager - Architecture Overview
Below are the key components and responsibilities
Tivoli Service Request Manager
Tivoli Service Automation Manager (Service Design)
Tivoli Provisioning Manager
Even though I would like to go into details on each component as part of this post, I'm not going to do so because as discussed in the initial post, the objective of this blog is to
provide the reader with the pointers to the content they need and not to repeat the same already
available elsewhere. So you can read more about the TSAM
Architecture on the TSAM
wiki on developerworks.
I’m including the list of software bundles for TSAM 7.2.1 to get a better understanding of the components involved.
Again, the TSAM infocenter provides more details on each of the typical hardware and software requirements and the related topics.
Chapter 5 Service Management for the Cloud
IT Service Management is the integrated management of the people, processes, technologies and information required to ensure the cost and quality of IT services valued by the customer. IT Service Management (ITSM) is the design, creation, implementation, execution and ongoing management of the IT environment and services that meet the needs of the business and consumers. It includes:
· Management of IT as a business
· Design, implementation, and deployment of IT services
· Delivery of services to IT customers at agreed-to levels of service and price points
· Optimization of services through Service Lifecycle Management & Continual Service Improvement
Service Management is at the heart of the Cloud. Research shows on an average, 81% of cloud payback is driven by labor savings enabled by service management. As discussed in the previous chapter, Cloud Computing provides IT departments of enterprises an opportunity to move towards a service driven management model. The same engineering discipline that rationalized factory floors and production can be applied to IT services. Cloud computing provides technical foundations enabling reengineering of IT service model. But the goals for service management remains the same the way it is applied for traditional IT. The key objective of the service management system is to provide the visibility, control and automation needed for efficient cloud delivery in both public and private implementations.
ITIL is one of the foundations for service management best practices. A key element of ITIL is the service lifecycle and the need for best practice processes throughout the life of a service. ITIL Service Lifecycle Modules are:
Cloud services also have a lifecycle that maps to the ITIL service management lifecycle. In the Cloud context, Service Management controls an efficient implementation of new services, integration with the existing portfolio and lifecycle management of standardized IT services. For instance Cloud Computing will become a relevant topic in your Service Strategy. You need to see how to leverage integration of Cloud and traditional IT services during the Service Design. For Service Operation you need a automated way to deploy your cloud services – an automated provisioning and image management. For Continual Service Improvement (CSI) it requires the capability for managing, monitoring, securing and metering your cloud services.
IBM Service Delivery Manager, IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager and IBM Cloudburst provides open standards based integrated capabilities to implement service management for the cloud. This solution has first class integration of existing Tivoli capabilities and additional new capabilities, workflows, and best practices packaged together as a single solution.
When discussing IT Service Lifecycle management it is good to discuss the standardization step as well. Standardization helps improve overall operations. The more you can standardize the more you can reduce operating expense such as labor and downtime – which is the fastest growing portion of IT expenditures. Tivoli Service Automation manager takes care of Standardization and best practices in all the steps of Service Lifecycle with the capabilities discussed below.
These capabilities of providing visibility, control and automation across the business and IT infrastructure results in the following key benefits
We will discuss in detail how you could use IBM Cloudburst, IBM Service Delivery Manager and Tivoli Service Automation Manager for each of these steps in the lifecycle. If you are developer, the following chapters will help you understand the technologies and skills needed to do the services design, automation and management.