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By Michael E. Baskey,
IBM Distinguished Engineer, Chief Architect Systems Management z .
They say all good things are worth waiting for. Well, last week, we opened the beta for the latest System z cloud solution, powered by SmartCloud Orchestrator. We've been hearing for a while from our System z clients that they wanted to be included in their companies private/hybrid cloud solution providing a comprehensive management framework for all their IT systems. IBMs System z cloud solution represents a significant step in bringing all the pieces together.
Part of the work in getting here was to develop the enablement via the OpenStack in our enhanced z/VM V6.3 hypervisor. Along with leveraging Datacenter control, we've mapped most of the system management to OpenStack, and connected them to the IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator. We also included the support for key customer requirements of Single System Image and Live Guest Relocation to enable some of the System z unique features. These are all capabilities customers have been asking for and we can show them at Pulse 2014, the premier cloud conference.
So, we are inviting interested parties to sign up for the beta, kick the tires and provide direction on where we go with Cloud on System z. We're starting on aligning all the IBM platforms on the next version of OpenStack, and continuing to add features to the solution that will improve usability, availability and security across hybrid and private clouds that include System z. What we would like is to see you at Pulse, get you to signup for the beta and get feedback on what's useful in the current solution and what needs to be improved as we continue on this journey.
Please go to the Pulse System z site (http://ibm.co/zpulse) to learn more. Read about all the great cloud on System z sessions or attend a Cloud on z Meet the Experts. Sign up at Pulse for the Cloud on z beta to get familiar and educate others on your teams when you go home. And don't forget to come by the Cloud on System z peds for a great demo in the Expo Center at Pulse 2014. See you there.