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What is IBM Tivoli Software? We know you want the short version. Steven Wright of Tivoli Software breaks it all down for us in less than 7 minutes on a white grease board. Check it out while you have your morning coffee, afternoon tea, or while you get your miles in on the treadmill or trail with your smart phone. Then visit ibm.com/software/tivoli for more details on how IBM Tivoli Software can help you run a smarter business.
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David has written about the Cloud Service Management Simulator Workshop in a previous blog and things are heating up as we get closer to Pulse.
In addition to the Sunday workshop we have a few extra seats left on Saturday for business partners and customers who wish to attend. If you are interested, please send an email to email@example.com. Both workshops (Saturday and Sunday) are from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm.
And for more information, watch developerWorks' Scott Laningham interview Ivor MacFarlane on what to expect in the room.
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Cloud Webcast - Extending your virtualization into the cloud
11:00AM Eastern USA - Monday, May 23, 2011 ,Sign up for this webcast >>
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.
This FREE webcast will be followed a live Q&A session with the speakers.
Speaker: Mohamed Abdula, IBM Director, Service Automation and Cloud Solutions Product Management
Since joining IBM in 1996, Moe (Mohamed Abdula) held multiple technical and management roles with significant experiences in Product Development, Delivery, Portfolio Management, Business Operations as well as Technical Support and Services. Moe's experiences spans multiple Software Group brands with global team management experience. Recently, Moe joined the Tivoli organization to assume responsibility for Product Management and Strategy of the Service Automation and Cloud Computing portfolios. Prior to joining IBM, Moe held a number of research associate roles and lectured on early Object Oriented computing concepts. Moe attended the University of Leeds in the UK, where he received an honors bachelor's degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering.
Speaker: Bowman Hall, IBM Director, Cloud Computing Client Engagements, IBM Software Group
Bowman Hall joined IBM in 1996 after IBM's acquisition of Tivoli Systems, Inc. Bowman has had multiple technical and management roles within IBM in technical support, education, consulting services and technical sales, based in the US, UK and Spain. Since 2009, Bowman has been responsible for Cloud Computing Client Engagements with the IBM Software Group, where he leads early adopter customer projects and cloud software implementations. Prior to joining IBM, Bowman was responsible for managing distributed systems at Carnival Cruise Lines. Bowman attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received a bachelor's degree in mathematics.
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This year at Pulse, we will be running another Cloud Service Management Simulator Workshop.
Today's post comes from Veronica Shelley, Product Marketing Manager, IBM Security Solutions.
**Updated 11/29 New Podcast Available on Secure Cloud Desktops**
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Just in case you weren't sold on IBM's commitment to better serve and team with smaller enterprises, here is some hard hitting evidence for you. IBM recently launched the Small and Midsized Business (SMB) web portal around Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure as a clear illustration of how the Tivoli, Maximo, TRIRIGA and Netcool solutions are geared for the SMB space across Cloud, Mobility, Asset Management and Storage.
Noah Kuttler 110000SVNJ firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  cloud openstack smartcloud open-standards 2 Comments 11,931 Visits
Our General Manager, Dr. Danny Sabbah, framed cloud computing perfectly in his keynote address at Pulse 2012.
When you think of the levels of innovation you are required to give to the business, cloud is the right technology to do it.
Since the Cloud lives on the Internet, which is built upon the "bricks" of open standards, it should not surprise you that there is a drive to an ubiquitous Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) open source cloud computing platform for public and private clouds.
In October 2011, my neighbors to the South at Rackspace founded the OpenStack Foundation.
Today, IBM is announcing that we will be joining the OpenStack Foundation as Platinum-level sponsors along with AT&T, Canonical, HP, Nebula, Rackspace, Red Hat and SUSE.
The OpenStack Foundation has a great blog post that covers what's happening today and what the next steps will be.
This is the start of a very exciting future for cloud computing and of course there will be more news coming from the OpenStack Foundation in the weeks to come at events like the OpenStack Design Summit & Conference in San Francisco on April 16-20 and IBM Impact in Las Vegas on April 29 - May 4.
To close out this post, I thought I'd embed the keynote mentioned above. Worth a watch if you haven't seen it since nobody explains the importance of cloud better than Danny.
Noah Kuttler 110000SVNJ email@example.com Tags:  interconnect storage cloud service-management smartcloud 3,522 Visits
As the Western Hemisphere was slumbering, news from Singapore was lighting up Twitter as our senior executives took the stage at the IBM InterConnect conference to talk about some of the latest announcements from the IBM corporation on innovation and a Smarter Planet.
Much of the reporting has been done on Twitter (hashtag #IBMInterConnect) and these keynotes are available on the LiveStream including an amazing speech by Dr. Michio Kaku about the future of computers ("everywhere and nowhere").*
These are supplemented by interviews conducted by Todd "Turbo Todd" Watson, also on the LiveStream.
Since this event was focused on a Smarter Planet (the entire IBM portfolio), we covered a lot of ground. Big Data. Social. Mobility. And, of course, cloud.
For SmartCloud Foundation, the Tivoli organization has a number of exciting solutions that are designed to help you increase the levels of innovation you provide to your clients.
For this blog, I thought it'd be good to focus on three of the new solutions you might not have seen before that are going to help you in building out your private cloud.
IBM SmartCloud Cost Management is one of the key components in transforming IT from a "cost center" to an innovation center by providing levels of visibility, and transparency, to the IT costs associated with your cloud. Measure, analyze, report, and invoice the utilization and costs of physical, virtualized, and cloud computing resources, storage and network resources, applications, and other non-IT cost drivers.
IBM SmartCloud Patch Management combines the benefits of two solutions, IBM Endpoint Manager for Patch Management and IBM SmartCloud Provisioning, to provide an effective entry point that delivers lower costs and improves the visibility and control of physical, virtual, and cloud environments.
Finally, the IBM SmartCloud Virtual Storage Center is a solution that you might have seen us talk about at Pulse 2012 and it's now an exciting addition to the portfolio. This solution helps IT storage managers migrate to an agile cloud-based storage environment and manage it effectively without having to replace existing storage systems. If you're looking to increase your storage efficiency in cloud, but don't have the checkbook to do a "rip and replace" of your entire infrastructure, you need to be looking at this solution.
There's more going on in Singapore over the next two days, and more discussion of SmartCloud Foundation and IBM Smarter Planet. Stay tuned to Twitter and the LiveStream and feel free to post comments below.
* I have to confess that this blog was delayed because I got sucked into watching the keynotes.
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When IBM first kicked off the Dynamic Infrastructure announcement at Pulse 2009 conference, we heard some rumblings on whether Dynamic Infrastructure was just another executive buzzword or if there was real meat behind "the concept."
Noah Kuttler 110000SVNJ email@example.com Tags:  cloud puresystems smartcloud tivoli service-management 3,431 Visits
The Expert Integrated Systems, IBM PureSystems being announced today is probably one of the most exciting solution announcements to hit our industry.
The New York Times wrote a very good piece on the announcement, "I.B.M. Aims to Sharply Simplify Corporate Data Center Technology"
Our own press team put together two releases. One about the announcement ("IBM Sets the Stage for the Next Era of Computing") and another around the 600 partners supporting this announcement worldwide ("Global IT Companies Support IBM Puresystems").
It's not hardware. It's not software. It's a new category of solution; expert integrated systems.
It's one of the "game changer" solutions that our customers have come to expect from IBM (and that our partners love). It's solving very specific problems that customers have on their road to innovation.
One of those problems is built-in expertise. This is a hardware and software solution that is integrated at levels you've not seen before on a solution; giving customers and partners a simplified user experience for implementation and maangement.
IBM SmartCloud & Tivoli
To that point, you'll notice IBM PureSystems has it's own end-to-end management capabilities specific to the solution.
It does. But, for broader management challenges, IBM SmartCloud and Tivoli software will extend the investment in that IBM PureSystems solution by providing Visibility. Control. Automation(tm) across the entire IT infrastructure.
Together with IBM SmartCloud and Tivoli software, IBM PureSystems will push customers to higher levels of efficiency with their service management practice.
As you talk to your IBM sales rep or your business partner, ask them about IBM SmartCloud & Tivoli software with IBM PureSystems for your entire infrastructure and service management.
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Today, IBM has a number of exciting announcements around SmartCloud. It's such a big announcement that we might have to turn it into a national holiday (which wouldn't be cool for the one dude waiting by the mailboxes for his copy of Zookeeper on BluRay).
Why Cloud? Why Now?
When we listen to customers across industries, we hear them tell us about the bold moves they must make to stay ahead of their competition. They tell us about how they need to quickly and efficiently provide new and innovative services to their customers.
Speed to market. Efficiency. Reducing costs.
These are their watch words and they look at cloud computing as a technology that offers these advantages.
That said, there's also a requirement to ensure the same levels of governance they currently have set in place. They also want to ensure that they are reducing (not increasing) their level of risk. And, of course, it has to be done securely.
Can all of this be done with cloud computing?
I would not joke about delaying that dude's copy of Zookeeper if it wasn't.
In all seriousness, yes it can and IBM has been helping customers do this for a while now. We've been successful with a large number of customers already and these new announcements build upon our previous success and really enforce our message: "Rethink IT. Reinvent Business."
IBM offers clients the freedom of choice to find solutions that meet their business requirements ranging from a portfolio of cloud solutions targeted directly at the enterprise to a choice of delivery models (public, private and hybrid) as well as expertise and service management capabilities.
There are a number of announcements in this launch across every brand in IBM (all of which are on the website).
For this blog post, I'm going to focus on IBM SmartCloud Foundation.
IBM SmartCloud Foundation
There's a full press release on this, but basically the SmartCloud Foundation family of private cloud solutions help companies quickly design and deploy private cloud environments with a new level of control over cloud service delivery and management.
As organizations take the next step beyond virtualized data center and begin to expand their cloud environments, they are concerned with managing what has become known as "image sprawl."
The SmartCloud Foundation portfolio contains these offerings:
For more information around everything that is happening with IBM SmartCloud contact your IBM sales rep or one of our Business Partners using the Business Partner Locator website.
PS nothing against Zookeeper, but it got stuck in my brain after watching Six Days To Air: The Making of South Park.
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For those new to the blog, IBM SmartCloud Control Desk was one of the new announcements made at Pulse. It is a service catalog/service desk based on IT Infrastructure Library™ (ITIL™) V3 and ideal for streamlining incident, problem, change, configuration, release, and IT asset management.
This service desk offering will assist customers in process control center for managing change & configuration, assets, incidents/problems, service requests, SW licenses and more.
The announcement letter (212-051) was published on March 13 and we now have a very cool demo that showcases the solution.
View the demo, and to find out more about IBM SmartCloud Control Desk you can also visit the product page as well as contact your IBM sales rep or one of our Business Partners using the Business Partner Locator website.
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This week IBM kicked off the Impact conference from May 3 - 8 in
Two key announcements:
Social media: Live buzz, broadcasting, and games
Twitter is filled with excitement on the conference. Follow @smartsoa and @sandycarter and use the #ibmimpact tag to track all the great activity. You can also follow broadcasting of the keynote and some of our most popular sessions.
The Impact conference is using social media in some of the most creative ways I’ve seen at IBM yet! They have a cool social media game where you can earn points for participating in Twitter, blogs, videos, etc. Hmm, I wonder how many points I can earn? Check out these links to learn more:
IBM Service Management activities at Impact
IBM Service Management is a big theme at the conference since Smart SOA makes business processes easy to change, but those changes create the demand for a Dynamic Infrastructure to be adaptive and support those business processes. IBM Service Management anticipates how business processes shift their pressures on the infrastructure, enabling the infrastructure to adapt quickly while enabling smart choices for a smarter world.
As Robert LeBlanc said at Pulse 2008, you can have Service Management without SOA, but you can’t have SOA without Service Management. Al Zollar, IBM General Manager of Tivoli Software, will give a keynote on May 5 during the Impact general session, discussing how a smarter planet requires a dynamic infrastructure based on IBM Service Management capabilities. Expect to hear announcements on
IBM Service Management has the following activities at Impact:
18 IBM Service Management experts and executives will be available for one-on-one meetings with clients.
Smart SOA Service Management in the
Two pedestals in the Expo:
-Service Management (ITCAM for Transactions | OMEGAMON XE for Messaging, TBSM | ITCAM for SOA Platform, TUAM, ITCAM for WebSphere)
-Security Management (TSPM/TFIM)
Service Management speaking sessions include:
TSM - Managing the Virtual
Rob Goodling, IBM
Venetian - Murano 3305
TSM - SOA Management on IBM System z®,
Divyesh Vaidya, IBM
Venetian - Murano 3203
BIA - The Last Mile to SOA Success: Service Management,
Casey Plunkett, IBM
Venetian - Galileo 1003
BID - Transforming Your Business Through BPM - Four Primary Use-Cases ,
Janelle Hill, Gartner, Inc , Kramer Reeves, IBM
Venetian - Galileo 904
TMC - Managing your IBM WebSphere MQ and IBM WebSphere Message Broker Environment
Jim Palistrant, IBM
Venetian - Delfino 4105
TSM - Lab: Monitoring Transactions in SOA Infrastructure,
Pradeep Nambiar, IBM, Jim Palistrant, IBM
Venetian - Marcello 4403
TMC - Meet the Experts and Demo for WebSphere MQ and Message Broker management
Divyesh Vaidya, IBM
Venetian - Tech Zone – Messaging
TSM - Manage your SOA Environment with IBM Tivoli
Todd Kindsfather, IBM and Jim Palistrant, IBM
Venetian - Palazzo D
BIS - Extending SOA Principles to the Infrastructure for Greater Flexibility and Cost Effectiveness
Kristin Hansen, IBM and Bruce Otte, IBM
Venetian - Galileo 907
BIS - Creating Secure and Compliant SOA Environments
Casey Plunkett, IBM and
Venetian - Galileo 906
TSM - Service Automation: Key To Exploiting and Managing the Virtual
Robin Hernandez, IBM
Venetian - Palazzo C
TSM - Managing the Virtual
Rob Goodling, IBM
Venetian - Palazzo D
TSM - Security Policy Management with WSRR, DataPower & Tivoli Security Policy Manager
Sridhar Muppidi, IBM and
Venetian - Murano 3203
BID - Dynamic Infrastructure Made Smarter with Business Event Processing and Business Service Management
Tina Groves, IBM and James D. Moore III, IBM
Venetian - Galileo 904
David Ojalvo 060001CNQC DAOJALVO@US.IBM.COM Tags:  linkedin rational tivoli ojalvo planet media social smarter ism cloud information management 2,176 Visits
Recently, we enhanced and expanded our "IBM Integrated Service Management" group on LinkedIn.
The group is made up of a very diverse audience, including IT professionals, analysts, IBM Business Partners and of course, IBMers.
Members of this group share knowledge, news, training, and events around Service Management solutions, including Tivoli, Rational, WebSphere, Information Management, Storage, Security, DevOps, Smarter Planet, Green IT and Cloud Computing!
So join our group, and initiate a discussion, or weigh on on an existing discussion!
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In the interview, Judith talks about how customers are looking at both internal and external clouds as a way to optimize their use of IT technology from a real business perspective.
One of the initial areas customers are looking at implementing Cloud is test and development. Rather than investing in new servers and tools, it makes economic sense to use a Cloud infrastructure for pilots. Plus when you give developers temporary resources, you often don't get them back!
Check out this podcast to hear more of Judith Hurwitz's thoughts on Cloud computing.
Judith Hurwitz on Cloud