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IBMWebSphere CloudBurst Appliance firmware V1.1 adds PowerVM support for AIX environments

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 109-731
November 17, 2009

 
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(Corrected on December 22, 2009)

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New in WebSphere® CloudBurst Appliance firmware V1.1:

  • Manages an AIX® cloud running on PowerVM™
  • Allows sharing of artifacts between appliances through a new export and import facility
  • Allows resizing of disk storage in dispensed virtual machines
  • Improves problem determination and diagnostics

WebSphere Cloudburst enables you to easily manage WebSphere products in a cloud environment, which provides significant value to your data center or business:

  • Manages WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor™ Edition environments across a pool of virtualized servers
  • Ensures security in a shared environment as the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance serves as a secured, tamper-resistant vault for images and credentials
  • Provides tooling supporting virtual image customization, which allows you to easily modify images to contain applications, monitors, and corporate governance agents
  • Simplifies maintenance and updates to virtual images and patterns to ensure correctness and consistency
  • Provides automated maintenance and updates to virtual images (both in storage and running) to ensure correctness and consistency in updating images
  • Provides REST APIs to facilitate WebSphere CloudBurst integration into existing datacenter management environments

For ordering, contact your IBM® representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: NE001).


 
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IBMWebSphere CloudBurst Appliance (WebSphere CloudBurst) firmware V1.1 provisions and manages WebSphere Application Server to virtualized servers and private cloud computing environments. WebSphere CloudBurst dispenses patterns (predefined application environments codified from 10 years of management best practices) of WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition virtual images into a pool of virtualized resources running on a supported hypervisor. For your convenience, WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition is preloaded on WebSphere CloudBurst. Licenses to use WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition must be purchased separately.

In addition to support for Novell SUSE Linux® Enterprise Server for VMware, WebSphere CloudBurst supports AIX environments with IBMWebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for AIX. For additional information, refer to Software Announcement 209-388, dated November 17, 2009.

WebSphere CloudBurst firmware V1.1 offers exciting new capabilities:

  • Dispenses WebSphere patterns running on AIX into PowerVM environments
  • Supports exporting virtual images and patterns from one appliance, and importing them into another appliance, to maximize consistency in multi-appliance environments.

IBM is currently running a WebSphere CloudBurst firmware V1.1 managed beta for z/VM® environments. IBM will continue the WebSphere CloudBurst for z/VM managed beta for currently participating customers only.

WebSphere CloudBurst delivers value in several ways.

  • Helps lower costs, as higher hardware utilization rates are reached in virtualized environments, reducing power consumption.
  • Increases agility and reduces time to value. It empowers individual application managers, developers, and testers to manage IT infrastructure in a more autonomous and agile fashion by leveraging a shared self-service, multi-tenant environment. As a result, your company can quickly adapt to changing business needs. WebSphere CloudBurst delivers value by factoring out repetitive, time-consuming manual tasks, such as hardware approvals, operating system installation and configuration, middleware installation and configuration, application installation and configuration, and maintenance applications, and replaces them with a single interaction on the administrative console.
  • Increases repeatability and helps reduce costly errors by allowing you to customize environments once (in the way familiar to WebSphere Application Server users), capture them, and redeploy them at the click of a button. This gives application managers, developers, and testers a standard, known starting point from which to make exploratory changes, evaluate development fixes, apply maintenance, and install applications.
  • Provides a physically secure hardware appliance. It manages a shared, multi-tenant environment, where isolation and security are of utmost importance. The secure nature of the appliance is rooted in a self-disabling switch, triggered if the appliance cover is removed. This physical security allows WebSphere CloudBurst to serve as a secure vault for credentials, which can be tied to virtual images throughout their entire lifecycle (in storage, being dispensed, running in the cloud, or being removed from the cloud).
  • Manages users and groups and their access. It tracks and reports usage statistics based on user and group information. These reports can be used for internal chargeback purposes.

WebSphere CloudBurst is targeted for on-premise production, development, and test environments, and can also serve as the foundation for hosted software-as-a-service environments.


 
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Server running a supported hypervisor:

  • PowerVM
  • VMware ESX

 
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  • November 25, 2009: Firmware V1.1 on support site
  • January 29, 2010: Firmware V1.1 ships on WebSphere Cloudburst appliances

 
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New function

IBMWebSphere CloudBurst Appliance firmware V1.1 offers powerful new capabilities. First and foremost, it supports the use of PowerVM and IBMAIX hardware in the managed cloud. WebSphere CloudBurst now also allows customized virtual images and patterns to be exported from an appliance, and imported into another one. This maximizes consistency in multi-appliance environments, as manual work to customize artifacts needs to take place only once.

Build a managed cloud out of existing hardware

WebSphere CloudBurst requires a set of hardware running a supported hypervisor to serve as its managed cloud. WebSphere CloudBurst supports:

  • Power Series® running PowerVM V2.1.1 hypervisor
  • x86 hardware running VMware ESX v4.0, v3.5, v3.0.2, or v3i hypervisor

To build a cloud, you simply enter connection and authentication information for each hypervisor to be included in the cloud. This creates an on-premise managed cloud environment into which WebSphere CloudBurst can dispense WebSphere Application Server-based workloads upon request.

Manage your shared resource pool

To help mitigate some challenges introduced by a shared resource model, WebSphere CloudBurst includes function for managing a shared pool. Users and groups can be used to control what is accessed by each person, team, or organization. WebSphere CloudBurst optionally connects to an external LDAP directory for authentication. User and group information is used to create reports indicating usage, timing, and location. WebSphere CloudBurst uses a proprietary placement algorithm, which considers resource usage, to determine where requested environments are placed in the managed cloud.

To support IBM sub-capacity licensing, WebSphere CloudBurst includes IBM License Metric Tool in each virtual image dispensed into the managed cloud.

Customize your virtual WebSphere Application Server environment

In WebSphere CloudBurst, patterns represent multiserver arrangements or topologies. WebSphere CloudBurst ships with predefined patterns of WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition images, and allows you to customize environments to suit your needs. WebSphere CloudBurst includes drag-and-drop functionality for cloning and modifying of existing patterns. It includes similar functionality to allow creation of new patterns. Tooling is also provided for modifying individual images to include monitoring agents, corporate governance agents, application code, and drivers. Each modification of an image or pattern results in a new version of that resource being created, such that previous states of an image can be recalled at a later time.

Versatile management of a cloud environment

Users may interact with the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance in three different ways:

  • Command line interface (CLI)
  • Web UI
  • REST APIs

Under the covers, the CLI and Web UI both invoke REST APIs. As such, this product is fully programmable and scriptable, and can be manipulated from broader datacenter automation suites like Tivoli® Provisioning Manager and Tivoli Service Automation Manager. Updates to the appliance are performed as full firmware replacement, which is as simple as pointing the appliance at the update URL and clicking a button.

WebSphere CloudBurst is very simple to learn and use. As a hardware appliance, it is truly plug and play. To get started, simply load the inventory of server, network, and storage resources to be managed, and a cloud environment is formed. WebSphere CloudBurst requires exclusive control over the pool of machines it manages, to prevent problems associated with multiple brains performing conflicting optimization actions. For convenience, WebSphere CloudBurst is shipped with preloaded WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition virtual images and patterns, supporting WebSphere Application Server Versions 6.1 and 7.0. With WebSphere CloudBurst firmware V1.1, these images and patterns may be customized, and shared with other WebSphere CloudBurst Appliances via a new import and export facility.

WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition

WebSphere CloudBurst is shipped with WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition code included, for convenience. Licenses to use WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition must be purchased separately via Passport Advantage®. For details on WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for AIX, refer to Software Announcement 209-388, dated November 17, 2009.

For additional information on WebSphere Cloudburst Appliance, visit

http://www.ibm.com/cloudburst

For additional information on WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition, visit

http://www.ibm.com/software/webservers/appserv/hypervisor/

Instructions for downloading WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance firmware are provided at

http://www.ibm.com/software/webservers/cloudburst/support/

 
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For information on the initial WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance offering, refer to Hardware Announcement 109-318, dated June 02, 2009.

For information on IBMWebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for AIX, refer to Software Announcement 209-388, dated November 17, 2009.

For information on WebSphere CloudBurst Support registration, refer to Software Announcement 209-194, dated June 02, 2009.

For information on WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for SLES, refer to Software Announcement 209-145, dated June 02, 2009.


 
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CloudBurst machine models

Description                               Machine   Model  Feature
 
IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance        9235      72X
 
IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Cloud Capacity   9231      200
  Entitlement (in PVU)
 
IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Cloud Capacity   9231      200    1773
  Entitlement (in PVU)   1000 PVUs
  (bundled with initial purchase)
 
IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Cloud Capacity   9231      200    1760
  Entitlement (in PVU)   1 PVU
 
IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Cloud Capacity   9231      200    1761
  Entitlement (in PVU)   100 PVUs
 
IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Cloud Capacity   9231      200    1762
  Entitlement (in PVU)   1000 PVUs

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9231-200 WebSphere CloudBurst feature option 1773 is required and available only with the initial order of each 9235-72X model.

Specify features

There are no changes to this information. For details, refer to Hardware Announcement 109-318, dated June 02, 2009.

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld® ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

https://www.ibm.com/partnerworld/mem/sla.jsp?num=109-731

 
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WebSphere CloudBurst publications are available on the Doc Browser CD and the Resource CD included with the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance.

Displayable softcopy publications

The product publications are offered in displayable softcopy form. All publications are included. The files are shipped on CD-ROM with the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance.


 
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IBM services include business consulting, outsourcing, hosting services, applications, and other technology management.

These services help you learn about, plan, install, manage, or optimize your IT infrastructure to be an On Demand Business. They can help you integrate your high-speed networks, storage systems, application servers, wireless protocols, and an array of platforms, middleware, and communications software for IBM and many non-IBM offerings. IBM is your one-stop shop for IT support needs.

For details on available services, contact your IBM representative or visit

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http://www.ibm.com/services/continuity

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http://www.ibm.com/services/learning/index.html

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Specified operating environment

Hardware and software requirements

The 9235 model 72X WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance is provided with IBM-supplied firmware.

Hardware and software required to support CloudBurst with AIX

All of the following:

  • A services contract is recommended for IBM Implementation Services for Power® Systems
  • AIX V6.1.3 (5765-G62)

    AIX V6.1 with the 6100-03 Technology Level license is required with AIX at 6100-03-01-921 Service Level

    • IBM Network Installation Manager Server V6.1.3
    • IBM System Director V6.1
    • IBM Systems Director 6.1.1.2 Service level
    • IBM Systems Director VMControl eFix for WCA PowerVM Support
  • Virtual I/O Server (VIOS) V2.1 (5765-PVE or 5765-PVS) VIOS V2.1 license is required with VIOS at 2.1.1.10-FP21 Service level
  • Recommend dedicated IBM Hardware Management Console (7042-CR4) with memory MES, or (7042-CR5) with HMC Code V7 R3.5.0, or later

One of the following machines:

  • IBM Power System P5 with firmware SF240_382, or later
  • IBM Power System P6 with firmware EL340_095, or later

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Each 9235 appliance contains four Gigabit Ethernet connections. The RJ-45 connectors provide a 10/100/1000 Base-T interface (at either half-duplex or full-duplex) for connecting twisted-pair cable to the Ethernet network. Cabling is not included with the appliance. To connect the Ethernet controller to a repeater or switch, use an unshielded twisted pair (UTP) cable with RJ-45 connectors at both ends. For 100 Mbps or higher operation, Category 5 cabling must be used. For 10 Mbps operation, Category 3, or better cabling, must be used.

Each 9235 appliance contains a single RS-232c serial port connection. The male DB-9 connector provides a 9600 baud asynchronous serial interface for connecting a serial cable to a console terminal (typically a terminal emulator running on an IBM PC). A 6 foot long "NULL modem" cable, with two female DB-9 connectors, is provided with the appliance for this purpose. The terminal's serial parameters should be set to 9600 baud, no parity, 1 stop bit, XON/XOFF handshaking.

Security, auditability, and control

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communications facilities.

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PowerVM and Hypervisor are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

WebSphere, AIX, IBM, z/VM, Power Series, Tivoli, Passport Advantage, PartnerWorld and Power are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

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