IBM Workload Deployer V3.1 enhances support for AIX platforms and third-party software

IBM United States Hardware Announcement 111-202
October 4, 2011


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Enhancements for IBM® Workload Deployer V3.1 include:

  • Support for images created by the IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool as a component of virtual systems
  • Embedded IBM Workload Plugin Development Kit, helping you create custom plug-ins for specific virtual application patterns
  • High availability and failover of the Workload Deployer appliance, providing reliability and resiliency to the private cloud
  • Support for virtual applications running on AIX®
  • Support for broader programming models with WebSphere® Application Server Hypervisor Edition V8.0


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IBM Workload Deployer dispenses and manages IBM middleware to virtualized servers and private cloud computing environments. Workload Deployer manages two styles of patterns:

  • Virtual systems, previously announced as topology patterns, are customizable patterns of IBM middleware packaged as Hypervisor Edition images. This style of pattern is used by describing what the middleware looks like in a bottoms-up approach.
  • Virtual applications, previously announced as workload patterns, contain all IT components needed to run a certain type of workload. This style of pattern is designed to meet the needs of common use cases with little modification and deep automation. As such, virtual applications can offer a much more cost-effective way of deploying and managing suitable applications. This style of pattern is used by describing what the application looks like in a tops-down approach.

Note: Topology patterns and workload patterns were previously announced in Software Announcement 211-140, dated April 05, 2011.

Coinciding with this announcement is the announcement of WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition V8.0. WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition V8.0, used in conjunction with virtual systems, can optimize IBM WebSphere Application Server for virtualized environments, helping to enable higher hardware utilization. This helps you to spend less time on installation and configuration and more time on strategic initiatives. It also manages installation and deployment of WebSphere Application Server and the associated operating system in conjunction with IBM Workload Deployer. WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition V8.0 supports many programming models, including Java™ Platform, Enterprise Edition (Java EE) 6, Open Services Gateway initiative (OSGi) applications, Web 2.0 and Mobile, Java Batch, XML, Dynamic Scripting, Service Component Architecture (SCA), Communication Enabled Application (CEA), and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), to help accelerate the delivery of innovative applications and high levels of operational efficiency, reliability, administration, security, and control.

For your convenience, a set of Hypervisor Edition virtual images and virtual application patterns are preloaded on Workload Deployer. IBM Workload Deployer V3.1 provides new function above that announced in IBM Workload Deployer V3.0, including:

  • Support for images created by the IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool. This helps enable you to create custom virtual images and use them in Workload Deployer for virtual systems. This allows the flexibility of using third-party software with virtual systems.
  • IBM Workload Plugin Development Kit and detailed documentation to create custom plug-ins to extend virtual application patterns or create whole new patterns. Custom plug-ins can provide an added layer of flexibility in using third-party software, used in conjunction with virtual applications.
  • An Extend and Capture feature to allow you to customize the base image to accommodate IBM products, which are not available as Hypervisor Editions, as well as third-party products. This provides a standardized way to customize your private cloud environment to meet your needs while helping to reduce your time-to-market.
  • High availability and failover of the appliance.
  • Deployment of virtual applications on AIX by leveraging the virtualization benefits provided by IBM PowerVM™ technology on IBM Power Systems™.

IBM Workload Deployer delivers value in several ways by helping to:

  • Increase agility and reduce time to value. It can empower individual application managers, developers, and testers to manage IT infrastructure in a more autonomous and agile fashion by leveraging a shared self-service, multitenant environment. As a result, your company can quickly adapt to changing business needs. Workload Deployer factors 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.
  • Increase repeatability and reduce costly errors by allowing you to customize environments once, 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.
  • Provide a security-rich hardware appliance. IBM Workload Deployer manages a shared, multitenant environment, where isolation and security are of utmost importance. The security-enhanced nature of the appliance is rooted in a self-disabling switch, triggered if the appliance cover is removed. This physical security allows Workload Deployer to serve as a security-rich vault for credentials, which can be tied to virtual images throughout their entire life cycle (in storage, being dispensed, running in the cloud, or being removed from the cloud).
  • Manage users and groups and their access. It tracks and reports usage statistics based on user and group information and can be used for internal chargeback purposes.
  • Focus on your core business and enterprise application development by providing a simple and quick way for developer validation of applications, using virtual applications without having to worry about middleware and infrastructure.
  • Lower costs, as higher hardware utilization rates are reached in virtualized environments, helping to reduce power consumption.
  • Provide flexibility with the use of third-party software while leveraging the benefits of a private cloud environment using Workload Deployer.

IBM Workload Deployer is targeted for on-premise production, staging, development, and test environments, and can also serve as the foundation for hosted software-as-a-service environments.

For information on IBM Workload Deployer V3.0, refer to Hardware Announcement 111-073, dated April 05, 2011.

For information on IBM WebSphere Cloudburst Appliance firmware V2.0, refer to Hardware Announcement 110-116, dated April 30, 2010.

Feature exchange

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Refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections for details.



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  • November 18, 2011: Firmware V3.1 available on IBM Workload Deployer website
  • December 9, 2011: Firmware V3.1 ships on IBM Workload Deployer appliance


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IBM Workload Deployer helps enable you to more easily manage IBM middleware products in a cloud environment. This may help provide significant value to your data center or business by helping you to:

  • Manage an IBM virtual system or virtual application across a pool of virtualized servers
  • Ensure security in a shared environment as the Workload Deployer serves as a security-enhanced, tamper-resistant vault for images and credentials
  • Provide tooling to support virtual image customization, which allows you to easily modify images to contain applications, monitors, and corporate governance agents
  • Simplify maintenance and updates to virtual images and patterns to ensure correctness and consistency
  • Provide automated maintenance and updates to virtual images (both in storage and running) to ensure correctness and consistency in updating images
  • Provide automated maintenance to middleware both pre-deployment and post-deployment
  • Provide Representational State Transfer (REST) APIs to help integrate Workload Deployer into existing data center management environments.

For additional information on IBM Workload Deployer V3.0, refer to Hardware Announcement 111-073, dated April 05, 2011.

IBM Workload Deployer V3.1 offers powerful new capabilities to dispense and manage IBM middleware virtualized servers and private cloud computing environments. These new capabilities include:

  • Support for custom images created by IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool: The Image Construction and Composition Tool enables you to create custom virtual images. You can now use Workload Deployer to combine these custom images into patterns in conjunction with virtual systems and dispense them in your private cloud environment.
  • Embedded IBM Workload Plugin Development Kit: Workload Deployer V3.1 ships with an embedded IBM Workload Plugin Development Kit. It includes detailed documentation on how to build custom virtual application plug-ins. The IBM Workload Plugin Development Kit allows developers to create custom plug-ins for virtual applications that an administrator can then import and make available for other users.
  • Extend and capture Red Hat Linux™ and AIX foundation images: Using the Extend and Capture feature of Workload Deployer V3.1, you can customize the base image to accommodate IBM products that are not available as Hypervisor Editions, as well as certain third-party products. This provides you the flexibility to customize your private cloud to meet your needs while helping you reduce time-to-market.
  • Appliance high availability: Support for high availability and failover, providing an operational and resilient cloud in situations when an appliance experiences an outage.
  • AIX support for virtual applications: Support for deploying virtual applications on AIX, providing the flexibility for platform of choice and leveraging the virtualization benefits offered by IBM PowerVM technology using IBM Power Systems.
  • Support for the deployment on ESX, PowerVM, and z/VM® environments with the inclusion of WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition V8.0. It can take the form of a single application server or a member of a cluster of application servers. By deploying and running WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition in virtualized environments, you can better utilize hardware, which ultimately can help reduce hardware, power, cooling, and real estate costs. Increased hardware utilization results from virtualization allowing a single machine to be divided into multiple smaller virtual machines, each of which may run an instance of WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition. For additional information on IBM WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition V8.0, refer to Software Announcement 211-462, dated October 04, 2011.

IBM Workload Deployer V3.1 can manage IBM products in a cloud environment. It dispenses patterns of virtual images into a pool of virtualized resources running a supported hypervisor. The optimization for deployment speed and agility can enable an entirely new usage paradigm for WebSphere Application Server centered around rapid buildup and tear down. Test cases can be based upon a standardized deployment that is destroyed and reinstalled after each execution.

Entitlement requirements

In order to use IBM Workload Deployer, one or more of the following parts are required, depending on the usage scenario:

  • IBM Cloud Capacity entitlement: One PVU of Cloud Capacity Entitlement is required for each PVU of hardware capacity that is managed by Workload Deployer. Cloud Capacity Entitlement is required for both virtual systems and virtual applications. One thousand (1000) PVUs of Cloud Capacity Entitlement are included with each initial IBM Workload Deployer purchase.
  • IBM Workload Deployer Image for x86 Systems V1.0: One PVU of Deployer Image for x86 Systems, program number 5725-D64, is required for each PVU of hardware capacity used to run a virtual application on X86 hardware, such as an application based on IBM Web Application Pattern V2.0, previously announced as IBM Workload Deployer Pattern for Web Applications V1.0 in Software Announcement 211-140, dated April 05, 2011. Deployer Image for x86 Systems is not required for virtual systems.
  • IBM OS Image for AIX Systems V1.0: One PVU of OS Image for AIX Systems, program number 5725-F60, is required for each PVU of hardware capacity used to run a virtual application on Power Systems hardware, such as an application based on IBM Web Application Pattern. OS Image for AIX Systems is not required for virtual systems.

Separate licenses must be purchased in order to use any of the products which are preloaded in the IBM Workload Deployer catalog. This pertains to Hypervisor Edition images and virtual application patterns that are shipped on IBM Workload Deployer. No entitlement is included with IBM Workload Deployer for the virtual images and virtual application patterns delivered on the appliance.

For additional information on IBM Web Application Pattern V2.0, refer to Software Announcement 211-414, dated October 04, 2011.

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  • For information on IBM Web Application Pattern V2.0, IBM Workload Deployer Image for x86 Systems V1.0, and IBM OS Image for AIX Systems V1.0, refer to Software Announcement 211-414, dated October 04, 2011.
  • For information on IBM WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition V8.0, refer to Software Announcement 211-462, dated October 04, 2011.
  • For information on IBM Workload Deployer V3.0, refer to Hardware Announcement 111-073, dated April 05, 2011.
  • The IBM Workload Deployer License plus maintenance for 12 months, program number 5765-PS1, has been updated to Version 3.1. For more information on IBM Workload Deployer support registration, refer to Software Announcement 211-136, dated April 05, 2011.
  • For information on WebSphere CloudBurst® Appliance V2.0, refer to Hardware Announcement 110-116, dated April 30, 2010.
  • For information on WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance V1.0, refer to Hardware Announcement 109-318, dated June 02, 2009.
  • For information on WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition on Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM System z®, IBM HTTP Server for WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition on Red Hat Enterprise Linux for IBM System z, and WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition Intelligent Management Pack, refer to Software Announcement 211-109, dated April 05, 2011, and Software Announcement 210-137, dated April 30, 2010.
  • For information on WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for IBM System z, refer to Software Announcement 210-071, dated March 29, 2010.
  • For information on WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for IBM AIX, refer to Software Announcement 209-388, dated November 17, 2009.


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                                                          Feature
Description                                 Machine Model number
 
IBM Workload Deployer                       7199    72X
 
IBM Cloud Capacity Entitlement (in PVU)     9231    200
 
IBM Cloud Capacity Entitlement (in PVU)     9231    200   1773
  (bundled with initial purchase)
  1000 PVUs
 
IBM Cloud Capacity Entitlement (in PVU)     9231    200   1760
  1 PVU
 
IBM Cloud Capacity Entitlement (in PVU)     9231    200   1761
  100 PVUs
 
IBM Cloud Capacity Entitlement (in PVU)     9231    200   1762
  1000 PVUs

Entitlement requirements

In order to use IBM Workload Deployer, one or more of the following parts are required, depending on the usage scenario:

  • IBM Cloud Capacity entitlement: One PVU of Cloud Capacity Entitlement is required for each PVU of hardware capacity that is managed by Workload Deployer. Cloud Capacity Entitlement is required for both virtual systems and virtual applications. One thousand (1000) PVUs of Cloud Capacity Entitlement are included with each initial IBM Workload Deployer purchase.
  • IBM Workload Deployer Image for x86 Systems V1.0: One PVU of Deployer Image for x86 Systems, program number 5725-D64, is required for each PVU of hardware capacity used to run a virtual application on X86 hardware, such as an application based on IBM Web Application Pattern V2.0, previously announced as IBM Workload Deployer Pattern for Web Applications V1.0 in Software Announcement 211-140, dated April 05, 2011. Deployer Image for x86 Systems is not required for virtual systems.
  • IBM OS Image for AIX Systems V1.0: One PVU of OS Image for AIX Systems, program number 5725-F60, is required for each PVU of hardware capacity used to run a virtual application on Power Systems hardware, such as an application based on IBM Web Application Pattern. OS Image for AIX Systems is not required for virtual systems.

Separate licenses must be purchased in order to use any of the products which are preloaded in the IBM Workload Deployer catalog. This pertains to Hypervisor Edition images and virtual application patterns which are shipped on IBM Workload Deployer. No entitlement is included with IBM Workload Deployer for the virtual images and virtual application patterns delivered on the appliance.

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The 9231-200 Cloud Capacity Entitlement (in PVU) feature option 1773 is required and available only with the initial order of each 7199-72X model.

Specify features

Two power cords are shipped with each machine because IBM Workload Deployer 7199 contains two power supplies. These features are available for the new 7199 models.

                                                          Feature
Description                           Machine   Model     number

Rail Kit                               7199      72X      6799
Line cord - 2.8m, 10A/250V,            7199      72X      6210
 C13 to GB 2099.1 (China)
Line cord - 2.8m, 10A/250V,            7199      72X      6211
 C13 to AS/NZ 3112 (Australia/NZ)
Line cord - 2.8m, 10A/250V,            7199      72X      6212
 C13 to IEC 309 Type 2P + Gnd
 (Europe)
Line cord - 2.8m, 10A/250V,            7199      72X      6213
 C13 to DK2-5a (Denmark)
Line cord - 2.8m, 10A/250V,            7199      72X      6214
 C13 to SABS 164 (S Africa)
Line cord - 2.8m, 10A/250V,            7199      72X      6215
 C13 to BS 1363/A (UK)
Line cord - 2.8m, 10A/250V,            7199      72X      6216
 C13 to SEV 1011-S24507 (Swiss)
Line cord - 2.8m, 220-240V,            7199      72X      6217
 C13 to IMQ CEI 23-16 (Italy/Chile)
Line cord - 2.8m, 10A/250V,            7199      72X      6218
 C13 to SI 32 (Israel)
Line cord - 2.8m, 12A/100V,            7199      72X      6219
 C13 to KETI (Korea)
Line cord - 2.8m, 10A/250V,            7199      72X      6222
 C13 to IRAM 2073 (Argentina)
Line cord - 2.8m, 10A/125V,            7199      72X      6223
 C13 to IEC320 (Brazil)
Line cord - 2.8M 10A/250V,             7199      72X      6269
 C13(2P+Gnd) (India)
Line cord - 2.8m, 10A/125V,            7199      72X      6313
 C13 to NEMA 5-15P (US)
Line cord - 2.8m, 12A/100V,            7199      72X      6314
 C13 to JIS C-8303(Japan)
Line cord - 2.8m, 10A/125V,            7199      72X      6386
 C13 to CNS 10917-3 (Taiwan)

There are no product or feature changes to IBM Workload Deployer V3.1 above what was previously announced in Hardware Announcement 111-073, dated April 05, 2011.

However, the IBM Workload Deployer License plus maintenance for 12 months, program number 5765-PS1, has been updated to Version 3.1. For additional information on the various options for IBM Workload Deployer Subscription & Support, refer to Software Announcement 211-136, dated April 05, 2011.

Model conversions

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IBM Workload Deployer V3.1 installation softcopy documentation is available from the Workload Deployer documentation Library page. Workload Deployer product information is also available from the IBM Workload Deployer information center.



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For Technical Information of IBM Workload Deployer V3.1, refer to the information in Hardware Announcement 111-073, dated April 05, 2011.

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Standards

For IBM Workload Deployer V3.1 standards information, refer to Hardware Announcement 111-073, dated April 05, 2011.

Operating environment

For more operating environment information, refer to the information in the IBM Workload Deployer V3.0 Hardware Announcement 111-073, dated April 05, 2011.

Hardware requirements

For first-time configuration of the software, this appliance requires a compatible RS-232c terminal or terminal emulator with a male DB-9 serial port connector. The terminal must support the following RS-232c serial parameters:

  • 9600 baud
  • 1 stop bit
  • No parity
  • XON/XOFF handshaking

The terminal must support ANSI/VT-100 control sequences. "Hyperterminal" in Microsoft™ Windows™ and "Minicom" in Linux are appropriate terminal emulators.

Unattended or remote installation may be performed through a network-attached terminal server. IBM Workload Deployer V3.1 requires one of the following:

  • IBM System z server hardware supported by z/VM V5.4, V6.1, or later
  • IBM Power Series® server running PowerVM VMControl V2.3.1.2 hypervisor
  • x86 server supported by VMware ESX V3.5, V4.0, or V4.1
Software requirements

The IBM 7199 Model 72X Workload Deployer comes with IBM-supplied firmware. Firmware updates are available at Fix Central

http://www.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/

IBM Workload Deployer V3.1 requires one of the following:

  • z/VM V5.4, V6.1, or later, including:
    • Directory Manager (DirMaint™) feature
    • Resource Access Control Facility (RACF®) feature
  • CA VM:Secure for z/VM
    • z/VM V5.4 - r2.8 G0808 SP1
    • z/VM V6.1 - r2.8 G0808 SP1 plus PTFs
  • VMware ESX V3.5, V4.0, or V4.1
  • PowerVM VMControl V2.3.1.2 hypervisor with these detailed specifications:

    All of the following:

    • Services contract for IBM Implementation Services for Power Systems AIX V6.1 and IBM Migration Services for Power Systems AIX V6.1

      For more information, refer to Services Announcement 608-040, dated June 24, 2008.

    • AIX V6.1 (5765-G62) license is required with:
      • IBM Network Installation Manager Server V6.1
      • IBM System Director V6.2.1.2
    • IBM Systems Director VMControl™ Image Manager V2.3.1.2
    • IBM Systems Director for Power Systems, V6.2.1.2
    • IBM Hardware Management Console (7042-CR5 or 7042-CR6) with firmware V7.3.5, or later (dedicated)

    One of the following machines:

    • IBM Power Systems POWER5 with firmware SF240_382, or later
    • IBM Power Systems POWER6® with firmware EL340_095, or later
    • IBM Power Systems POWER7® with firmware AL720_066, or later

More detailed system requirements will be made available on November 18, 2011, on the IBM Workload Deployer support website at

https://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/myportal/Overview/Software/Webphere/IBM_Workload_Deployer

Note: An IBM ID and password is required to view this information.

For software requirements for IBM Workload Deployer V3.0, refer to Hardware Announcement 111-073, dated April 05, 2011.

Planning information

For more planning information of IBM Workload Deployer V3.1, refer to Hardware Announcement 111-073, dated April 05, 2011.

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This product is designated as customer setup. Customer setup instructions are shipped with the product.

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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