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A roundup reading list of tips, best practices, mechanisms, and knowledge for using the IBM Dev&Test Cloud.
Parameterize cloud images for custom instances on the fly
There are two ways to create a custom cloud image. The "static" way consists of creating an instance, customizing it, and then taking the image from this customized instance. The "dynamic" way -- where you can on-the-fly transfer information to the instance creation process in order to create your final customized image -- is a key benefit of cloud computing: It gives you to ability to create a tailored instance on the fly. In this article, the author will explain the entire process of "parameterizing" an image so that the parameters can be easily sent to the instance creation process using the IBM Cloud portal or through APIs.
Windows-targeted approaches to IBM Cloud provisioning
Converging with the release of Windows 2008 Server support in IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud, this article demonstrates two approaches to using Tivoli Provisioning Manager to handle cloud provisioning with Microsoft Hyper-V (also known as Viridian or Windows Server Virtualization), a hypervisor-based virtualization system for x86-64 systems. The authors investigate two different approaches to enable Hyper-V support in Tivoli Provisioning Manager and discuss the architecture, implementation, and configuration details of the approaches.
Tips for using IBM Cloud Release 1.2: Install IIS web server on Windows 2008 R2
Learn how to install the Internet Information Services web server (IIS) on Windows 2008 R2 in the IBM Cloud Release 1.2.
Tips for using IBM Cloud Release 1.2: Upload and download files from a Windows instance
As you are probably aware, support for Windows Servers images -- the 64-bit 2008 R2, the 2008 R1, and the 2003 R2 -- are being rolled out for all IBM Smart Business Development and Test Cloud Release 1.2 instance configurations. If you're thinking about moving your files to a Windows image, this article is here to help. Boas Betzler shows you how to upload and download a file to a Windows instance in the IBM Cloud 1.2.
Cognos cloud best practices: Choosing the settings to enable high availability
The goal of high availability is to provide a backup mechanism to transfer requests and data processing to a standby system in the event of primary system failure, but user and system requirements vary, meaning there is no one ideal configuration. This article provides a number of recommendations for setting up and maintaining the Cognos solution for high availability and for disaster recovery.
Cognos cloud best practices: Sizing the architecture for performance and scalability
Cognos 8 is a sophisticated set of products and capabilities. Sizing the architecture can be a challenging task requiring knowledge of expected system overall workload. As a result, expect some iteration on the architecture to customize it appropriately to your requirements. The authors provide some general guidelines and architecture recommendations to support a large-scale deployment of Cognos 8 onto the IBM Cloud.
Cognos cloud best practices: Moving from a single- to a multiple-image topology
Just like in a traditional data center, the deployment of Cognos into the cloud may require multiple machines, so your cloud solution may require multiple images. Criteria such as performance, scalability and high availability typically lead to a multi-image topology. The authors demonstrate the best practices for managing this type of multi-image topology.
IBM on the Cloud: What do you want to know?
Here are answers to some of the common questions about the IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud.
Get started with the IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud
Join the authors as they describe the IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud site; learn how to access and acquire virtual servers, IP addresses, and software and how to manage your keys.
A quick look at the IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud
A concise overview of the IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud environment explains the benefits this environment offers enterprise application developers in developing, testing, and deploying applications designed to take advantage of the cloud computing model.
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