There has to be a better way of doing things… - IBM Systems Director 6.3 Best Practices Redbook
We’ve all asked ourselves that question multiple times. This is especially true in the IT industry where creative thinking can save thousands of dollars. But what’s the best way of answering that question?
I remember the first time I heard about “the mailbox” solution from the Apollo 13 mission: under extreme pressure, and to save the lives of several astronauts, a bunch of gifted NASA engineers got into a room and figured out how to fit a square peg in a round hole with very limited available material. Pure genius aroused from years of accumulated experience, extremely creative thinking and probably a few gallons of very strong coffee.
How would they solve that same problem today? One might say they would search the Web and then spend several days sorting through the tens of thousands of hits they would get. Would that help them or hinder their creative thinking? Probably the latter.
The web is an extremely valuable source of information for us IT engineers, but it can also be difficult to sort out through what is relevant and what is not. Sometimes you need your questions answered from a reliable source, get your facts straight from the experts so that you can concentrate on creative thinking rather than sorting out the true from the false.
The IBM Systems Director 6.3 Best Practices Redbook that we are currently working on aims to accomplish just that: give you the facts straight from well-seasoned experts from the fields.
We cover all aspects of the solution, from planning to deployment to steady state operations best practices. We are also extending the scope of the initial best practices Redpaper to some of the IBM Systems Director advanced manager plug-ins like VMControl, Storage Control, Network Control or Active Energy Manager. Best of all, each chapter will include a list of summarized best practices so that you can quickly get the information you need. We’re even doing video demos of step by step instructions for some of our topics.
Each section will try to give you the do’s and don’ts so that you can be successful at using this product for what it excels at and nothing else.
So where else are you going to get the benefit of 78 years of experience in the IT industry, including over 30 directly with IBM Systems Director and from engineers from six different nationalities, including an IBM customer? In my book, that sure beats a Google search.
We’re definitely not going to explain how to fit a square peg in a round hole using nothing but tape and plastic, nor are we saving lives (I only wish!), but we’ll definitely save you some of your valuable time (and we’re drinking our fair share of coffee too). Just published! IBM Systems Director 6.3 Best Practices Redbook
Author - Stéphane Bourdeaud
IBM Corporation - Senior Architect - MCSE, VCP, RHCT
Wikipedia – Apollo 13 Mailbox - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Apollo_13_Mailbox_at_Mission_Control.jpg