Installation and Configuration Services - Cloud Ready for Linux on System z Offering
Are you Cloud Ready for Linux on System z?
This offering provides the ability to provision to any platform using a common service catalog in a highly available environment, including availability, performance, monitoring, backup and recovery.
Customized offerings can also include integration of additional products, program design, implementation and ongoing support. Services are delivered in partnership with StreamFoundry, Inc., an IBM Business Partner.
* Delivers Cloud Service Management by creating and deploying standardized, virtualized and mixed infrastructure environments with Process Automation
* Results in reduced cost and increased speed of delivery of business services
* Installation and configuration of: Tivoli Provisioning Manager, IBM Tivoli Monitoring, System Automation for Multiplatforms, Tivoli Storage Manager
* Services for each stage of Cloud on System z design, implementation and ongoing support fit to individual requirements
* Knowledge Transfer and on-going support as needed.
* Typical Project Duration: 5 days. Can scale based on customer requirements
* SmartCloud Control Desk Media included for Service Desk Administration
Perils, pitfalls and problems of managing heterogeneous virtualization
Recently I spoke with Jasmine Noel, founding partner of Ptak Noel and Associates, LLC, regarding her research on the increasing drive for virtualization. What follows are some interesting observations -
"Enterprises keep asking for more agility (i.e. deploy more stuff even faster) and lower capital costs (i.e. minimize idle resources). Virtualization seems like the perfect answer. Virtual images can be deployed faster to provide more agility. More virtual images can be packed onto fewer physical systems to lower capital costs.
If only that were the end of the story.
Datacenter operations teams are realizing that virtualization is not a homogeneous, one-size-fits-all solution. Enterprises seem intent on acquiring different virtualization platforms as well as heterogeneous hardware platforms. This heterogenous virtualization is changing systems administration in some very fundamental ways:
• Virtualization decouples the traditional server and OS management from the physical hardware. This means administrators are being given a bunch of new, overlapping tools to manage the different virtual systems, which increases the potential for errors that impact business services.
• Virtual image management becomes more important (because someone will have to clean out the inevitable virtual sprawl) and more complex (because someone will have to minimize the business risk of high-speed image deployment).
• Matching dynamic workloads to virtual resources that can be easily and automatically added, deleted, moved or changed can’t be done manually. Imagine trying to hitch a bucking rodeo bronco to a wagon that changes size every few minutes -- which doesn’t bode well for guaranteed completion of critical business workloads.
There is no escaping these issues. Every enterprise has virtualization strategies for different types of infrastructure and applications. No single form of virtualization fits every aspect of those strategies. Thus there will be different hypervisors in the enterprise -- heterogeneity will persist. So what can be done about it?
• Start educating the executives that a virtual image needs proactive administration to keep it healthy They also need to understand that managing a roster of hundreds of virtual images is vastly different from keeping a spreadsheet list of 10-20 golden configurations. IT staff will need a major productivity boost keep up.
• Start seriously thinking about managing resources via policies, since it’s the only way to control changes that can happen automatically.
• Start evaluating which of the repetitive administrative activities can be done in a cross-platform, cross-VM manner. The more those tasks can be automated, the more time there’ll be to spend on avoiding the perils, pitfalls and problems of managing heterogeneous virtualization."
IBM is a client of Ptak Noel and has provided compensation to Ptak Noel for participation in this interview.
Using Tivoli Analytics for Service Performance to improve ROI
Broadcast Date: October 27, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight, 3:00 p.m. GMT, 4:00 p.m. British Summer Time
manual analysis, false alerts and diagnostic processes translates into
improved productivity. But how is this possible with today’s technology?
If you can get data from multiple sources within your environment and
perform analytics across multiple monitoring tools, you’ll have a better
understanding of the relationship among different product metrics —
making your systems more sensitive to when a problem has occurred. This
type of proactive model minimizes service disruptions, and enables you
to get the most from your monitoring investments by detecting emerging
problems that would otherwise go missed.
Join us for this
complimentary teleconference on IBM Tivoli® Analytics for Service
Performance. You will learn how you can reduce service outages by moving
to a proactive analytics model that minimizes service disruption and
improves the value from monitoring across mainframe and distributed
environments. The resulting IT analytics are designed to help business
and IT professionals who are interested in performance and application
monitoring, operations and service availability, and overall System z®
quality. If you currently use any monitoring product, such as ITCAM,
OMEGAMON®, OMNIbus, or Tivoli Business Service Manager and performing
event and service management, this teleconference will be of interest.
IBM Tivoli Analytics for Service Performance can take information from
your current monitoring products and perform predictive analytics to
find problems before they become outages.
You’ll come away
from this teleconference with a good understanding of Tivoli Analytics
for Service Performance capabilities, including how it:
- Learns normal operational behavior, and how metrics behave together
- Reduces expensive and time-consuming false alerts and trouble tickets
- Provides maximum warning of service impact, deterioration or outage
- Detects service impacts that are not identifiable by fixed thresholds alone
- Assists with root cause analysis by indicating most offending metrics
Speaker: Richard Gleeson, Tivoli Product Manager, IBM Software Group
us after the teleconference for a live question-and-answer session. The
teleconference will also be available for replay after the event.
Have you noticed that when the press talks about cloud, they're typically not talking about System z? I wonder why. I have some theories, but would be interested in your perspective.
Hi. I am Wayne Bucek a 20-year veteran in the systems management arena. When I have to come off the bike trails, I am a Consulting IT Specialist for zTivoli solutions. My favorite part of the job is to assist customers with the selection, design, and implementation of IBM zTivoli products. I am IBM-certified in WebSphere MQ.
Prior to joining vendor community, I had a real job - 10 years' experience across the disciplines of z/OS systems programming, application programming, and performance management.
I hope to make this blog a place z techies can come to link their real world business problems to zTivoli solutions.
As you consider moving workloads to Linux on System z, you will want to evaluate which workloads are the best fit. Ideally, data intensive or mixed workloads are best suited for System z whereas CPU intensive workloads may be better run on other platforms. On a recent webcast where I was co-presenting with Bill Reeder (IBM Linux Enterprise Servers), we discussed best workloads for Linux on System z which leverages the strengths of System z like WebSphere MQ, Domino, SAP. We also talked about good workloads for Linux on System z which run well on Linux on System z but can also run on other platforms. So, there are other factors (e.g. organizational politics) which must be evaluated in deciding the ideal platform for workloads.
Top 10 Ways to Participate in Pulse 2010
“Integrated Service Management”
10 – Come and attend interesting presentations
9 – Attend and enroll in a workshop
8 – Attend with a colleague
7 – Quiz the experts
6 – Present on a topic
5 – Share a best practice
4 – Share details of a project
3 – Share a technique
2 – Participate in a panel discussion or roundtable
1 – All of the above!
Pulse 2010 will be held February 21-24 in always exciting Las Vegas and feature the best of the best in Service Management. There will be announcements, presentations, demonstrations and receptions. Analysts and experts will address specialized topics for business leaders, technicians, and executives. Get smart, get certified and get connected. Plan to participate now. Call for papers and session contributors ends November 2.
Improve System z Storage Management with Integrated Storage Suite Teleconference
- Consolidation of four IBM Tivoli z/OS storage management, audit, and reporting product components
- Data protection for integrated catalog facility (ICF) catalogs to help increase data availability
- Prevent, and recover from, many space-related abends
- Audit and automatically correct errors in the DFSMS environment to help reduce operating cost and avoid costly outages
Speaker: Kevin Hosozawa, Tivoli System z Storage Management Product Manager, IBM Software Group
Broadcast Date: December 5, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, 4:00 p.m. GMT / UTC
Out-of-control storage growth is putting a heavy load on many storage
administrators — from the management of complex, multi-vendor
heterogeneous IBM® System z® storage devices, to resolving performance
bottlenecks with little visibility into the storage environment. Without
an increase in budget or staff, it’s also becoming more difficult to
minimize outages and manage changes in the storage environment.
Join us for this complimentary teleconference as we review all the
recent new capabilities in the Tivoli® System z Storage Suite, including
integrated z/OS® storage management capabilities — visibility, control
and automation — for the storage administrator. The suite can provide
z/OS storage management awareness into application and workload
management, enabling a more efficient process that helps reduce costs
and fosters efficiency in problem identification and resolution.
The IBM Tivoli Advanced Storage Management Suite for z/OS, V1.1
delivers a feature-rich storage management, audit and reporting software
suite that includes:
- IBM Tivoli Advanced Audit for DFSMShsm V2.4
- IBM Tivoli Advanced Reporting and Management for DFSMShsm V2.4
- IBM Tivoli Advanced Catalog Management for z/OS, V2.4
- IBM Tivoli Advanced Allocation Management V3.2
You’ll learn how the new capabilities in this suite can improve storage availability and performance at a lower cost.
Join us after the teleconference for a live question-and-answer
session. The teleconference will also be available for replay after the
OMEGAMON XE for Messaging is a complete WMQ management solution. Many customers focus exclusively on the performance monitoring aspect of the product, which is the ability to monitor WebSphere Broker and WebSphere MQ, and disregard the WMQ configuration agent.
The configuration agent is a robust, feature rich, component of the solution. However, the features and associated benefits of the configuration component are distinctly different from those of the monitoring components. When discussing the WMQ Configuration agent, I like to begin by covering the business benefits it offers. The following items (IMHO) represent the business benefits of the WMQ Configuration agent.
* Centralized administration of WebSphere MQ objects
* Single GUI across platforms
* Eliminates configuration errors
* Assists in dealing with large numbers of objects
* Disaster recovery tool
The list of features offered by the WMQ Configuration agent are too lengthy to list here, but a full accounting can be found in the product documentation at:
Future blog entries will cover this material in more detail.
Good news for all is that the “Call for Papers” for Pulse 2010 has been extended by popular demand. November 20th is the revised deadline so there is more time to finalize creative input. I spoke with Marcus Boone, product manager for Tivoli’s system z portfolio, regarding suggestions for Pulse participation. He is anxious to hear from those customers who can share real-world experiences on how an integrated approach to service management on System z is creating real benefits. Virtualization projects with savings, new Linux workload projects or best practices in the very complex world of ‘always available’ are good examples. Marcus believes Pulse 2010’s emphasis on alternative forms of customer participation, such as roundtables, panels and open discussions to support a topic will be both more interesting and more meaningful to all.
Please plan to join the conversation. Submit your proposal online at http://www.ibm.com/software/tivoli/pulse/.