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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.
Register today: http://bit.ly/VXXxl3
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DevOps has become something of a buzzword lately but the idea behind it can be truly powerful. Using a combination of technology and best practices to increase collaboration between development and operations teams can accelerate the application development lifecycle while improving software quality and reducing costs.
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The challenges of managing virtualized environments are mounting. The benefits of virtualization—from cost and labor savings to increased efficiency—are being threatened by its staggering growth and the resultant complexity. A critical piece to solving these challenges, as many organizations have already discovered, is image management. Read more: http://ibm.co/SpHTlV
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Orchestration can be one of those ambiguous concepts in cloud computing, with varying definitions on when cloud capabilities truly advance into the orchestration realm. Frequently it’s defined simply as automation = orchestration.
But automation is just the starting point for cloud. And as organizations move from managing their virtualized environment, they need to aggregate capabilities for a private cloud to work effectively. The automation of storage, network, performance and provisioning are all aspects handled in most cases by various solutions that have been added on over time as needs increase. Even for organizations that take a transformational approach -- jumping to an advanced cloud to optimize their data centers -- the management of heterogeneous environments with disparate systems can be a challenge not simply addressed by automation alone. As the saying goes, “If you automate a mess, you get an automated mess.”
Read more about how cloud orchestration can simplify and accelerate service delivery.
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With the proliferation of cloud computing, many businesses are starting to adopt a service provider model—either as a deliberate strategy to establish new revenue streams or, in some cases, inadvertently to support the growing needs of their organizations. This is especially true for companies with diverse needs, whether they’re tech companies with dev teams churning out new apps and services, or business owners driving requirements for SaaS services and cloud capabilities to enhance their data center operations.
Read more about provisioning and orchestration capabilities to meet growing business needs.
There's still time to sign up for the IBM webcast: Managing the Cloud – Best practices for cloud service management
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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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I've been writing about the step by step approach to Cloud till now. The rate at which I see cloud computing being adopted inside and outside the Enterprise, I think we really need to get out of our step-by-step approach and start riding the wave. IBM has implemented may be over 2000 cloud engagements in the last year and are managing over 1 million virtual machines today. We have identified the customer cloud adoption patterns and entry points to cloud and have lots of lessons learnt and experience to share. So won’t it be nice if we could talk to you about the things as well as share the best practices with you. All of it is difficult to discuss through a blog. So You have a better option – The IBM Software Universe 2011 – The Next Big Wave.
Yes, the 7th edition of IBM India’s largest annual software conclave is happening this year Oct 19th and Oct 20th. I believe it would be time well spent to learn from our learnings and accelerate your adoption of cloud. We have some interesting sessions on Private Cloud [R]Evolution which will discuss some of the key trends and technologies to look at for building the cloud insider your firewall. If you are looking to understand how to expand your existing Data Center capabilities to have better visibility, control and automation across your physical and virtual environments then “Integrated Service Management – Thinking Beyond the Data Center” is a must attend session. If you are one of those business or Enterprise IT Manager who is looking to start with the cloud – you don’t want to miss the “Get Your Head in the Cloud” session which can tell you how you could get some of your collaboration requirements from the cloud.
Finally it is wonderful opportunity for you to talk to some of the Distinguished Engineers and IBM Fellows who can spend 1:1 time with you to listen about your issues/problems as well as discuss the future roadmap. For instance, Bala Rajaraman who is the Distinguished Engineer with responsibilities including the architecture and design for Cloud & Service Management solutions is going to be in India and it is your opportunity to catch up with Bala.
Last but not the least, there is going to be Solution Expos that will be setup for you, so you have a opportunity to touch and feel the cloud solutions. This should include industry specific demos and technology/product demos from IBM as well as partners.
So be there on Oct 19, 20th at the IBM Software Universe 2011. It is going to teach you a new skill – How to ride the next big wave… the cloud wave..
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Chapter 14 - Management Platform & Managed Environments
To design a good cloud management platform we need to understand the managed environment. As we know that the workloads would include not only stuff running on virtual infrastructure but also traditional infrastructure. So we need to design a management platform that can support delivery of traditional services as well as cloud services.
The advantage of using IBM reference architecture (refer previous chapter) is that we the service management cost to a minimum and be able to manage multiple services (IAAS, PAAS, SAAS, Traditional Services) through a single management platform (Common Cloud Management Platform).
The design of the management platform is mainly driven by what platforms we need to manage as well as the services we have to deliver. The core components of the management platform are determined by the amount of service automation expected to be provided by the platform.
The cloud management platform can be thought of like a Service Delivery Platform as applied to Telecommunication industries. The term Service Delivery Platform (SDP) usually refers to a set of components that provides a services delivery architecture (such as service creation, session control & protocols) supporting multiple delivery models of service.
The core components can be again classified into the business support (BSS) components and the operational support (OSS) components. The business components include ways to manage the customer, subscription, offering & catalog, contract, order, billing, and financial aspects of the platform. The OSS deals with the backend aspects of fulfilling the service request. So it includes components like service automation, provisioning, monitoring and management.
The IBM Tivoli suite of products supports addressing almost all of the OSS requirements as well as some of the key components in the BSS components. As an architect, the key decisions to take are to look at the capabilities required based on the client needs and create a platform that is extensible. This needs to be done keeping flexibility in mind which means you have the capability to add and remove components to support different capabilities. In an established and mature Data Center, it is highly unlikely that all these components are delivered by a single vendor. That’s why an architecture build on open standards is critical to the success of building a good management platform.
IBM is leading the efforts for adoption of standards by different cloud providers, consumers and tools vendors. The work being done by IBM with Open Group and Cloud Standards Customers Council are some examples for the same.
Once we have determined the functional components of our solution we need to worry about the non-functional requirements. These include aspects like security, availability, resiliency, performance, scalability, capacity planning and sizing. We will need to determine these aspects for the management platform based on the size and heterogeneity of the managed environment. We will discuss these aspects in the next chapter.
Chapter 12 - Cloud Users & Roles
There are several actors typically involved in cloud solutions from a business perspective. Their roles and responsibilities and their relationships with other actors would vary based on the industry. The business actors responsibilities is to make appropriate cloud investment decisions. Once an organization has started with cloud, then are some typical actors that are involved in the day to day operational consumption and provision of cloud services. This chapter is more focused on the latter and not on the business actors which typically includes the people like CIO/CTO/COO, Business Operations Controller as well as Procurement Managers.
Following are some of the key organizations that are typically involved in a cloud solution. The actors and roles are then defined for users under each of these key organizations.
Cloud Service Consumer: The service consumer is the end user or enterprise that actually uses the cloud service.
Cloud Service Provider: The service provider delivers the service to the consumer.
Cloud Service Creator / Developer: The service developer creates and publishes the cloud service.
These provider organizations, the typical roles and their associated activities is discussed in detail in the Cloud Use Cases Whitepaper and Dave Russell has an open thread on Cloud Computing Central to discuss these in detail.
Out of all the roles across all these organizations, the key roles from an implementation and operation perspective are the following.
Cloud Administrator who can perform the following tasks:
Cloud User who can perform the following tasks:
Accordingly Tivoli Service Automation Manager provides two different user interface for these two different and key roles for the cloud – An administrative User Interface and a self-service user Interface. Find details here.
There are variations of these two roles depending on the Cloud Provider and Consumer Organization design. These are roles like
Team Administrator role can perform the tasks for a group of users like creating and maintaining user accounts as well as placing requests on behalf of the project.
These business specific roles then need to be mapped to application roles like Service Administrator, Service Definition Designer/Manager, Service Deployment Operator and Manager, etc. The security framework implementation should take care of these roles mapping. The security function of Tivoli Service Automation manager enables to manage which users can log into the user interface and which applications each user can access. The broader discussion on security specifically authentication followed by authorization shall be discussed as a separate chapter.