Automated Deployment of Unix / Linux Systems using SOVM - Technical Overview


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Executive summary of the Site Ox SOVM vAppliance tool and service to automate the process of Unix/Linux Systems deployment. This is a cloud based service that automates remote data center environments. Works with AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, and Linux

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Automated Deployment of Unix / Linux Systems using SOVM - Technical Overview

  1. 1. Site Ox
  2. 2. To consider an automation method for significantly increasing profits and ROI from your EXISTING facilities, infrastructure, equipment, and personnel How? Using a specific Data Center Automation technique Eliminates redundant and repetitive tasks Customer Self-Service based rather than SysAdmin Cloud-Based Automation of Unix/Linux Deployment Site Ox
  3. 3. Automating redundant and repetitive tasks (which is the point of doing anything on a computer), specifically: System Deployment and System Reclamation Automation generates revenue Automation saves money and time Significantly speeds up project time-lines Significantly speeds up delivery of services to customer Increases customer satisfaction with services Reduces complexity associated with implementation of new services Increases ROI by maximizing utilization of resources Site Ox
  4. 4. Automated Deployment of Unix systems removes this activity from the realm of the system administrator and reallocates it to the customer and/or project team needing the service. Self-Service Web Interface simplifies the process for non-technical usage. Cloud-Based to provide access via desktop, laptop, tablet, smart phone, or any internet connected device. Must function as an enhancement to existing infrastructure, tools, schedulers, configurations, and authentication systems. Must be supportable and easily understandable by existing and future system administrators. Site Ox
  5. 5. There is only one cross-platform, self-service, cloud-based solution that can perform automated deployment for AIX, HPUX, Solaris, and Linux onto your own equipment in your own data centers Site Ox: SOVM vAppliance All other automated deployment tools are: Specific to a Unix OS Specific to a hardware platform Highly Technical requiring extensive SysAdmin Training to use them Oriented around the SysAdmin, not the Customer or Project team Site Ox
  6. 6. Site Ox Our primary focus is providing Unix / Linux based environments We are the developer of the SOVM vAppliance for self-service, cloud-based, automated deployment of Unix / Linux based environments Site Ox
  7. 7. SOVM vAppliance (virtual appliance) Self-Service interface oriented to non-technical personnel Cloud-based remote coordination of customers existing hardware and virtual environments Automated deployment of IBM AIX on PPC Automated deployment of HP-UX on Itanium or PA-RISC Automated deployment of Solaris on Sparc or Intel Automated deployment of Linux on Intel, et al Automated notifications and support ticketing Project time-line oriented “leasing” of virtualized resources Automated reclamation of resources at end of “lease” periods User level authentication and authorization of SOVM functions for customers, project teams, vendors Site Ox
  8. 8. SOVM High Level Overview SOVM is best suited to high volume / high turnover environments such as: • Large Commercial Hosting • Test / Development • Laboratory / Evaluation • Vendor Demonstration SOVM remotely controls designated systems in the customers existing facilities and environments SOVM is an enhancement to the customers existing facilities, infrastructure, systems, and tools Site Ox
  9. 9. The SOVM Self-Service, Cloud-Based interface provides non-technical customers, vendors, project team members with the ability to deploy their own Unix / Linux systems as needed and on-demand. Site Ox
  10. 10. The SOVM vAppliance includes the following features: Automated deployment and reclamation of Unix / Linux Systems Automated custom configuration of Unix / Linux Systems Automated scheduling of events such as: • Deployment • Suspension • Termination • Extension / Renewal • Archive / Backup • Reclamation of Resources Site Ox
  11. 11. The immediate and tangible benefits of using SOVM include: Saves significant amounts time and money by eliminating redundant and repetitive tasks from the duties of expensive, highly technical, highly trained system administrators. Eliminates time delays associated with back-and-forth change requests and approval processes. Gives customers, vendors, project teams, etc the ability to provision their own Unix / Linux systems on an as needed basis and on-demand. Increases ROI by decreasing wasted or unused resources by providing on-demand capabilities. Site Ox
  12. 12. Intangible benefits from using SOVM include: Implementation of a single design build standard: • Standalone • Manual Fail-over of Resources • Live Partition Mobility • High Availability • Disaster Recovery • Business Continuity Value added enhancement to investments in existing facilities, infrastructure, systems, and tools Natural extension/expansion of SysAdmin personnel capabilities and knowledgebase. Site Ox
  13. 13. Since the SOVM vAppliance is cloud based, implementation is fast and easy: The vAppliance requires communication with your existing devices that you select and choose to participate in the automated deployment environment. Communication between the vAppliance and your existing environment can be performed over the Internet, thru a firewall, VPN, or dedicated circuit. Only requires SSH access. Access to your existing infrastructure devices can be restricted to an “sovm” user with permission to create, change, and delete resources on the participating devices. Site Ox
  14. 14. Once the SOVM vAppliance is communicating with the facilities and infrastructure you have selected to participate in the automated deployment environment, you can then grant access to utilize this service to your customers, personnel, and project teams. An SOVM User administrator should be selected and given the task of adding/deleting users, and granting/denying SOVM functions as needed. Site Ox
  15. 15. SOVM vAppliance requires remote SSH access to the following devices in the customers facility: Hardware Management Console (HMC) • Restricted to “sovm” user with access only to those devices and frames designated for use with SOVM VIO Server(s) • Can be existing or dedicated VIOS for use with SOVM NIM Server • With gold “mksysb” images • Requires bootp capability for client LPARs Site Ox
  16. 16. SOVM vAppliance requires remote SSH access to the following devices in the customers facility: HPVM Host Server(s) Ignite Server(s) Site Ox
  17. 17. SOVM vAppliance requires remote SSH access to the following devices in the customers facility: VMWare ESXi Server for Intel based deployments VM Server for Sparc based deployments Site Ox
  18. 18. SOVM vAppliance requires remote SSH access to the following devices in the customers facility: VMWare ESXi Server for Intel based deployments Other platforms would be custom configurations based on the customers needs and requirements: • Kickstart • Xen • KVM • etc Site Ox
  19. 19. The following is a high level description of the steps involved in an AIX automated deployment Step 1 - Customer requests an AIX system using the simplified order form: Site Ox
  20. 20. AIX automated deployment (Continued) Step 2 (Automated) Job order is created by the Self-Service, Cloud-Based interface and contains the information selected by the customer. Job order is picked up by the SOVM vAppliance for processing. SOVM begins processing the job order based on the operating system type requested, in this example AIX. Site Ox
  21. 21. AIX automated deployment (Continued) Step 3 (Automated) SOVM selects an unused / empty LPAR to build-out as the new AIX system requested by the customer. SOVM adjusts the CPU, and Memory assignments, thru the HMC, to match the customers request. SOVM adjusts the storage assignments, thru the VIO(s), to match the customers request. SOVM installs the requested AIX operating system from “gold” mksysb images available on the NIM server. Site Ox
  22. 22. AIX automated deployment (Continued) Step 4 (Automated) SOVM applies custom configuration requirements as needed by the customer environment. SOVM creates users and initializes passwords as designated by the customer requirements. SOVM tunes the LPAR according to customer requirements. SOVM configures time servers, domain name servers, default gateways, routes, etc. SOVM configures storage as requested by customer. Site Ox
  23. 23. AIX automated deployment (Continued) Step 5 (Automated) Once the LPAR build-out is complete, SOVM schedules the following events: • Suspension of the LPAR at the end of the customer requested time “lease” • Termination of the LPAR after a configurable “grace” period, after the LPAR is suspended. • Notifies the customer that their LPAR is ready. Sends connection and login information. Site Ox
  24. 24. AIX automated deployment (Continued) Step 6 The SOVM web based interface allows the customer to manage their LPAR as needed and on-demand by performing the following functions: • Reboot the LPAR • Extend “lease” period - (before suspend) • Renew “lease” period - (after suspend) • Archive / Backup LPAR • Unarchive / Restore LPAR Site Ox
  25. 25. Site Ox Data Centers currently uses the SOVM vAppliance to automatically deploy and reclaim Unix / Linux environments in a commercial hosting environment. Short term leasing of Unix / Linux environments • AIX: Multiple versions : PPC • HP-UX: Multiple versions: Itanium or PA-RISC • Solaris: Multiple versions: Sparc or Intel • Linux: Multiple versions: Intel Customer selects their lease period • Daily • Weekly • Monthly Self-Service, No Contracts, Reduced Costs Uses off-the-shelf front end billing system High Volume / High Turnover / Maximum ROI Site Ox
  26. 26. SOVM vAppliance A virtual appliance (vAppliance) exists in the cloud and provides its services/functions across the Internet, firewall, VPN, or private circuit. The SOVM vAppliance is configured, supported, and maintained by Site Ox for the customer. The SOVM vAppliance is customized for each customer and is a unique instance. Site Ox
  27. 27. SOVM vAppliance for Automated Deployment of Unix/Linux Systems Revenue Generating for Hosting Environments Dramatically Reduces Costs and Time Delays Self-Service, Cloud-Based, Cross-Platform Automated Deployment / Support Ticketing Best suited to high volume / high turnover environments (lab/test/dev/hosting) Built-in billing and/or charge-back Works with and enhances your existing: • Facilities and Infrastructure • Tools, Design, and Configuration • Personnel and Customers Site Ox
  28. 28. Site Ox Dana French Sean Phillips (615) 732-4582