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What’s new in IBM SmartCloud Enterprise? December 2012This document provides an overview of new and exciting IBM SmartCloud Enterprisecapabilities that are have been made available over the last several months, culminatingin an updated release in December 2012. These new features and functions are the resultof feedback from customers and business partners along with IBM planned strategicinitiatives. We welcome feedback and will continue to enhance IBM SmartCloudEnterprise to extend its scope as an enterprise cloud infrastructure to help enterprises andpartners embrace cloud computing with confidence in the security, reliability and controlthat IBM delivers.In addition to the availability of IBM SmartCloud Application Services, IBM’s platform-as-a-service offering, key new and enhanced capabilities for IBM SmartCloud Enterpriseinclude: • Platinum M2 VM sizes (Now generally available) • Alternate Windows Instance Capture (Now generally available) • Windows Import/Copy (Pre-Release -- Available by request) • Windows 2012 (Pre-Release, but available to all users) • Cloud Services Framework enhancements • APIs for guest messaging (New and available for all users) • ISO 27001 Certification (for all IBM SCE data centers) • Object storage (enhanced portal integration with SCE)SmartCloud Enterprise (SCE) will now be deployed in the following countries: Egypt,Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Senegal, Bahrain, Iraq, Jordon, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar,United Arab Emirates and Yemen. These new additions join the 64 countries where SCEis already announced and/or deployed, providing the broadest geographic coverage of anycloud IaaS provider.Platform as a Service: IBM SmartCloud Application ServicesIBM’s platform as a service, IBM SmartCloud Application Services, runs on top of anddeploys virtual resources to IBM SmartCloud Enterprise. SmartCloud ApplicationServices delivers a secure, automated, cloud-based environment that supports the fulllifecycle of accelerated application development, deployment and delivery. SmartCloudApplication Services provides an enterprise-class infrastructure, enhanced security andpay-per-use, and allows clients to differentiate themselves with built-in flexible optionsthat configure cloud their way – leading to a competitive advantage.SmartCloud Application Services provides two separate but complementary services:IBM SmartCloud Collaborative Lifecycle Management Service (CLMS) and IBMSmartCloud Application Workload Service (SCAWS).IBM SmartCloud Collaborative Lifecycle Management ServiceThis service, CLMS, provides an integrated set of IBM Rational® tools as a service.CLMS is designed to help you coordinate software development activities throughout the
lifecycle of an application, from requirements tracking through design, implementation,build, test, deployment and maintenance. CLMS provides you a "walk up and use,"quick-adoption service for new projects, teams and clients with no up-front investment toget started. Clients can add users and roles through a straightforward web user interface.The environment is designed for resilient service including monitoring, backup and dataretention.The service includes the functions of the following IBM Rational tools: • Rational Team Concert: To track work items, perform source control, and project planning activities. • Rational Requirements Composer: To track requirements and reports. • Rational Quality Manager: To track defects and provide automated quality insights based on project metrics.The Collaborative Lifecycle Management Service may be used together with the IBMSmartCloud Application Workload Service as one integrated ‘DevOps’ solution thatpromotes communication, collaboration and integration between software developers andIT operations to more rapidly produce quality software products and services.IBM SmartCloud Application Workload ServiceThis service, SCAWS, provides platform services based on the concept of a pattern. Apattern consists of proven best practices and expertise for complex system tasks that havebeen captured, lab-tested and optimized into a deployable form. Application patternshelp our clients eliminate manual errors in their application development, quickly delivernew applications, and drive consistent results.The service offers the following selection of application patterns: • Web Application Pattern (with auto scaling, proxy and caching services) • Application Pattern for Java • Transactional Database Pattern • Data Mart PatternThese patterns are made available, deployed and managed from an integrated WorkloadService controller environment. That environment includes a visual pattern editor, policy-based deployment and pattern workload instance lifecycle management, includingmonitoring, logging and reporting.Application patterns that are developed and tested within IBM SmartCloud ApplicationServices are then portable to either public cloud, SmartCloud Enterprise, or private cloudwith the IBM PureApplication System, delivering choice and flexibility in deploymentmodels.In addition to the application patterns, the IBM SmartCloud Application WorkloadService provides users with the ability to customize or create, and deploy virtual systempatterns from within the Workload Service controller environment. Virtual systempatterns consist of the specifications for whole configurations of SmartCloud Enterprise 2
virtual machines provisioned from specially prepared images, and are a way to capturethe details of complex systems and assure they are consistently deployed.Platinum M2With the addition of Platinum M2, SmartCloud Enterprise now offers 10 server and eightattachable persistent storage options which enable the configuration of systems to matcha wide variety of workloads.An exciting new addition to our Copper, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum serverconfigurations, Platinum M2 offers a great new alternative for memory-intensiveworkloads with 16 Virtual CPUs with 1.25 Gigahertz, and 32 GB of virtual memory.Additional value from Platinum M2: • Intel architecture servers can be provisioned with Linux (Red Hat, Novell SUSE or customer provided) or Microsoft Windows Server (2003 or 2008) and your choice of middleware – backed by a 99.9% SLA.You can also dynamically attach and detach up to three extra blocks of persistent storage(RAID protected in user selectable storage areas) to an instance, preformatted (ext3) orraw in eight sizes from 256 GB to 10 TB: these configurations are available across allSCE servers.Windows Instance CaptureWe are now offering to all customers additional flexibility and choice in Windowsinstance capture: clients can use the “Save private image” function with or without theuse of Sysprep, the Microsoft System Preparation tool.The Microsoft System Preparation tool (sysprep.exe) enables Windows systemadministrators to prepare Windows Server system images for duplication from onecomputer to another computer in a manner that is supported by Microsoft. It changessecurity identifiers (SIDs) and other system and configuration settings to make themunique from one computer to the next in preparation for an automated deployment.Using Sysprep is the default and should be used to assure that multiple instances createdfrom the same saved image are unique. Saving an image without using Sysprep (non-Sysprep) should be used for backup and restore of servers that have software installedthat is sensitive to changes in the system SID. When using non-sysprep capture, careshould be taken to avoid provisioning instances with duplicate SIDs. For furtherinformation on Sysprep, please refer to Microsoft documentation.Windows Import/Copy (pre-release)SCE 2.2 is offering a pre-release capability to import and copy Microsoft Windowsimages, based on customers’ request and selection.Windows Import/Copy allows you to import Windows Server virtual images from yourexisting environment into SmartCloud Enterprise as well as transfer SCE images betweendatacenters. The feature is designed as an extension to the existing Linux Image 3
Import/Copy functionality and as such leverages the existing API and Command linetools. The expectation is to make this widely available in the first half of 2013.Windows 2012 (pre-release)SCE 2.2 is offering a pre-release capability for customers to provision Windows 2012images. Windows Server 2012 is available now for all customers from Microsoft andprovides many enhancements from previous Windows Server versions. Windows Server2012 targets cloud workloads, so customers will be able to test these capabilities for theirworkloads on SCE. During this pre-release, Windows Server 2012 will be available to allcustomers and should be used for non-production use. Full support is expected later in2013.Cloud Services Framework enhancementsIBM SmartCloud Enterprise has added the following enhancements to the Cloud ServicesFramework: • Augmenting the existing service provisioning/deprovisioning with backend support • New metrics to monitor service usage • Service image hiding • Extending the existing REST APIs with Java API and CLI capabilities • Extending existing service descriptors and persistence of service instance parameters • For technical details on these enhancements and the specific value they provide, please refer to the "Creating and Customizing Services" document in Documentation Library.These exciting enhancements to the Cloud Services Framework make it easier for SCEcustomers and partners to create and deliver services on top of SmartCloud Enterprise.Now you can quickly and easily define and register all the aspects of your service andmake it available to your end customers.APIs for guest messagingThis new functionality provides a set of APIs to monitor the health of SCE virtualmachine instances by issuing guest messages. Timely receipt of "guest messages" let youknow that your virtual machine is working properly.ISO 27001 CertificationInformation security has become increasingly important to all businesses, big and small.IBM takes security of its customers’ data very seriously, which has been our heritage formore than 100 years. To further enhance our security standards and the protectionoffered to our customers, IBM has completed the necessary steps to earn ISO 27001Certification. The ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 27001 standardprovides a framework to ensure that the certified organization addresses security needsfor its customers. 4
The certification from Bureau Veritas was attained for all IBM SmartCloud Services datacenters. Customers in all centers now benefit from: • Secure Shield Internet connectivity • Additional firewall and intrusion protection • New distributed denial of service protection • New Botnet protection • Updates to hypervisor and additional level of isolationIBM has obtained certificates to the ISO 27001 standard by country and/or business unit.To review the entire list, please visit the IBM ISO 27001 web site.Object storageAs a feature of SmartCloud Enterprise, object storage gives clients an enterprise-classchoice when it comes to self-service cloud back-up and archive.IBM partners with Nirvanix, a leading provider of enterprise-class cloud storage services,to deliver SCE-object storage. As part of SCE Release 2.2, in January SCE-object storagewill integrate the IBM and Nirvanix portals into one IBM portal, making it easier forclients to provision storage. 5