IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation V8.6 enhances the IBM SmartCloud Foundation with automation of heterogeneous and unattended workloads and applicationsIBM United States Software Announcement 212-222
June 12, 2012
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The IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation V8.6:
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IBM SmartCloud Foundation is a set of capabilities that can help you build and rapidly scale cloud environments with improved time-to-market, integration, and management.
IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation V8.6 is part of the IBM SmartCloud Foundation family of products. As part of the IBM SmartCloud Foundation family of products, IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation provides dynamic workload automation capabilities which can run applications within business environments. Deploying applications in a cloud computing model requires knowledge of the business logic and the data needed to make an application successful. IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation V8.6 can automatically move data within an application transforming this data into useful information which helps satisfy the business goals. Deploying SmartCloud Workload Automation on top of a business infrastructure and platform components, can give an organization a production-ready dynamic application which leverages the flexibility and scalability of cloud computing.
IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation V8.6 is based on IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler and IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler for Applications, and includes a new per-job-pricing model. This new pricing metric more closely aligns with cloud computing, as it allows for consumption-based pricing with the flexibility to grow as business and technology demands change.
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|Planned availability date|
- June 15, 2012: For electronic delivery
- July 6, 2012: For physical delivery
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The workload automation capabilities of IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation V8.6 are designed to provide a consistent look and feel for unattended workload or application runs, with the provisioning and de-provisioning of cloud resources and infrastructures.
IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation V8.6 combines IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler and IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler for Applications, and offers a per-job-priced metric. The per-job-priced metric is based on the number of jobs actually managed by IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler or IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler for Applications, and enables clients to pay per-job for workloads that are being managed.
IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation capabilities include:
IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler V8.6 provides an important step in the consolidation of various product roles, as the backbone for enterprise scheduling.
Tivoli Workload Scheduler Agent, with dynamic scheduling capabilities, is designed to help bring both resiliency and optimization to the execution of workloads. By implementing resource-based scheduling, the Dynamic Scheduling Agent provides a simple software high-availability mechanism that can virtually and seamlessly integrate into a larger high-availability infrastructure. It also provides an automatic optimization mechanism to help raise the server utilization rate, extending the simple requirement of average server utilization rate into more advanced workload automation fields such as priority pool, automatic provisioning request, and energy consumption optimization.
Tivoli Workload Scheduler Agent with dynamic scheduling capability offers full function access to run jobs in the operating system with the ability to do variable substitution of environment variables. Dynamic scheduling infrastructure has the ability to keep the scripts centrally instead of expecting them to be present on the final server machine.
IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler V8.6 provides a robust web-based graphical user interface (GUI), with a graphical layout view for jobstream and job elements, both on the model and on the plan.
In the model, the graphical panel is tightly integrated into the Workload Editor and allows quick switching between graphical and nongraphical views. An additional impact view spanning multiple jobstreams, and a jobstream-based graphical view over large portions of the whole plan provide additional capabilities previously unavailable until now.
IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler's graphical views enable development and operational teams to work in an integrated way and to perceive a complex situation in a very short time. These teams will have at hand a comprehensive tool that covers the common usage scenarios of overview, drill for explanation, and rapid situation correction.
Tivoli Dynamic Workload Console includes numerous customization points where solutions can be built to help satisfy unique requirements.
IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler V8.6 provides optional product compliance with the FIPS 140-2 standard for US security requirements on cryptographic modules. Compliance with FIPS 140-2 is not mandatory but can be reached through feature activation.
IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler V8.6 enhancements
Extensible mechanism for Application Plug-ins
In order to drive workloads of new applications that require a specific integration, the concept of job type has been enlarged with the concept of plug-in. The plug-in is a new feature at the execution level to hold the contact with the new application, and the plug-in also appears at the UI level to present to the user a specialized view of the workload. IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler opens a channel between the UI and the execution level to be able to query the remote application for a list of field values or validation checks.
If you want to give a special treatment to specific jobs, you can create a new dedicated job type with the Tivoli Workload Scheduler Developer's Guide, and the associated software developer's kit. In particular, supporting complex Web Services calls started as jobs becomes a simple matter with the standard plug-in creation.
Auditing of previous model definitions of workload
The definitions of workload are saved in sequence in a table for later query, making it easy to retrieve past definitions or to put additional mechanisms in place for object promotion. A base report outlining the sequence of changes for a particular object is also available.
Report creation on workloads in batch mode
Reports produced regularly need to be triggered in batch mode. With the unattended report production, the output of Tivoli Workload Automation can be analyzed and reports can be published completely automatic. The batch report creation has the same capability as the one available on the web, plus you get the capability to insert personal report formats.
Workload Simulation and average timing
The forecast planning feature of Tivoli Workload Scheduler is a powerful way to understand flows and potential bottlenecks in advance. With V8.6, the forecast plans have a more precise timing, calculated according to the average job durations collected automatically and already used in the Workload Service Assurance feature. The timed forecast planning feature provides a method to understand the consequences of changes to flows and dependencies without executing them, like doing "what ifs" for future planning.
Streamline dynamic automation of end-to-end workloads
The spectrum of available end-to-end solutions is enriched with a new "distributed-driven" end-to-end, which extends the reach of Tivoli Workload Scheduler (for distributed systems) to mainframe jobs, allowing you to manage your mixed workloads using a distributed-oriented concept. The end-to-end environment, driven by the distributed environment, fills an important gap to control a relatively small mainframe workload with a powerful solution.
The System z-centric end-to-end, available since Tivoli Workload Scheduler V8.5.1, now provides new dynamic workload automation capabilities, with automatic distribution of workloads to static or dynamic pools of server machines, and according to workload requirements and user policies.
The synchronization among any combination of z/OS® and distributed engines has been made straightforward, through built-in components that have cross dependencies between jobs belonging to the different scheduling environments. Cross dependencies are realized through the "shadow job" concept that can link across environments in any situation.
Dynamic workload automation
Agents installed with a correct reference to their master server appear directly on the server and are ready to receive workloads dynamically. The creation of server pools for availability or optimization has been simplified, and is done from the IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler interface.
Workload Console scalable installation
The web interface provided by Tivoli Dynamic Workload Console now includes the adoption of TIP technology. This technology is based on a user-side application on IBM WebSphere® V7.0 technology instead of the administration-side technology in the previous releases. One important benefit of this change is the ability to install the Dynamic Workload Console on several machines and have them share common settings for all users. This solution can be coupled with a web load balancer to provide excellent scalability. IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler V8.6 also exports all user preferences and definitions in XML format for backup and transmission.
Workload Console common views
The Tivoli Dynamic Workload Console has added the ability to monitor several different Tivoli Workload Scheduler networks, both on the distributed and on the z/OS side. Jobs coming from different networks are consolidated into a unique list and operators can monitor enterprise-wide lists of jobs from a single screen.
Workload Console on iPhone and other mobile devices
Besides the full-function web interface accessible from mainstream browsers, Tivoli Workload Scheduler V8.6 provides a streamlined mobile browser based interface for mobile devices that lets you have a glance at the workload and drill-down capabilities accessible from anywhere.
XA Workstation hosted by manager
Tivoli Workload Scheduler's feature supporting the hosting of an extended agent by its domain manager, whomever that is, allows you to build a simple and resilient infrastructure with no single point of failure. As a user of IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler for Applications or any other extended agent, where high availability in a domain infrastructure represented a challenge due to the fixed association between an extended agent and its host, you benefit from this update.
IBM System i® dynamic agent
IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler lets you route jobs dynamically to System i machines with a new agent. The agent keeps all the capabilities of the traditional Limited Fault Tolerant Agent, but adds the ability to prepare the jobs on the graphical interface with a dedicated System i panel. In addition, the System i dynamic agent of Tivoli Workload Scheduler is able to control a tree of System i processes which spawn other processes, so that the job terminates only when the whole tree has finished executing.
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IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation, together with IBM SmartCloud Monitoring and IBM SmartCloud Cost Management, intend to:
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Program Program number VRM name 5725-G80 8.6 IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation
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Specified operating environment
IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation V8.6 runs on the hardware platforms that support the operating systems listed in the Software requirements section.
Job count tracking requires IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation V8.6 with Fixpack 1, or later.
IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation V8.6 is supported on the following operating systems. Refer to the IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler System Requirements document for a complete list of supported operating systems, software requirements, and hardware requirements. The document is available at
MDM or IBM BKM operating (DDM or systems BDDM) FTA DA CONN CLI TDWC(1) ZCONN IBM AIX 5L V5.3 X X X System i, System p IBM AIX 5L V6.1, V7.1 X X X X X X X System i, System p IBM System i (i5/OS®) X X V6.1, V7.1
MDM or HP-UX BKM operating (DDM or systems BDDM FTA DA CONN CLI TDWC(1) ZCONN V11i V2 Itanium X X X X X X X and PA-RISC V11i V3 Itanium X X X X X X X
MDM or Microsoft BKM Windows (DDM operating or systems BDDM) FTA DA CONN CLI TDWC(1) ZCONN Server 2003: X X(1) X Standard, Enterprise, and Data Center Editions Server 2003: X X(2) X Standard and Enterprise for AMD 64 and EM64T Kernel 64 Server 2008: X X X(2) X X X X Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter Editions Server 2008 R1/R2, X X X(2) X X X X Standard, Enterprise, and Data Center Editions for AMD64 and EM64T Kernal 64 XP Professional X X X with SP3 Vista Ultimate X X X Desktop Windows Vista X X X Vista for AMD64 X X X and EM64T Vista Enterprise X X X X with FDCC Desktop Windows Vista X X X Enterprise with FDCC Desktop Windows 7 X X X Enterprise with FDCC Desktop Windows 7 X X X Enterprise
MDM or Red Hat BKM Enterprise (DDM Linux 5.0 or operating systems BDDM) FTA DA CONN CLI TDWC(1) ZCONN System x and X X X X X X X System i (AMD64 and EM64T) Kernal 32 System x X X X X X X X (AMD64 and EM64T) Kernal 32 System i X X X X X X X Kernal 64 System p X X X X X X X Kernal 64 System z X X X X X X X Kernal 64 Desktop Kernel X X x86-32, x86-64
MDM or Red Hat BKM Enterprise (DDM Linux 6.0 or operating systems BDDM FTA DA CONN CLI TDWC(1) ZCONN System x Kernel 32 X X X X X X X System x Kernel 64 X X X X X X X System i Kernel 64 X X X X X X X System p Kernel 64 X X X X X X X System z Kernel 64 X X X X X X X Desktop Kernel X X x86-32, x86-64
MDM or BKM Sun Solaris (DDM operating or systems BDDM) FTA DA CONN CLI TDWC(1) ZCONN Version 9 SPARC X X X X X X X Version 10 SPARC X X X X X X X Version 10 AMD X X X X X X (Opteron)
MDM Suse Linux or Enterprise BKM Server 10 (DDM operating or systems BDDM FTA DA CONN CLI TDWC(1) ZCONN System x (IA32) X X X and System i (AMD64 and EM64T) Kernal 32 System x, X X X Kernal 64 System i, X X X X X X X Kernal 64 System z, X X X X X X X Kernal 64 System p, X X X X X X X Kernal 64 Desktop Kernel X X x86-32, x86-64
MDM Suse Linux or Enterprise BKM Server 11 (DDM operating or systems BDDM) FTA DA CONN CLI TDWC(1) ZCONN System x (IA32) X X X X X X X and System i (AMD64 and EM64T) Kernal 32 System x, X X X Kernal 64 System i, X X X X X X X Kernal 64 System z, X X X X X X X Kernal 64 System p, X X X X X X X Kernal 64 Desktop Kernel X X x86-64
- Tivoli Dynamic Workload Console is included in this table to aid you in planning.
- Cluster configuration is supported on cluster systems.
IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation V8.6 supports the following Relational Data Base Management Systems (RDBMS). Refer to the IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler System Requirements document for details on the operating systems and hardware platforms supported by each RDBMS.
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Licensing metric definitions
Monthly Jobs is a unit of measure by which the IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation program can be licensed. A Job is an object within the IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation program that cannot be further divided and represents a computing process including all its subprocesses. The customer licensee must obtain sufficient entitlements to cover the maximum number of Jobs processed or managed by IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation in any calendar month.
Job Count Tracking
IBM Tivoli Workload Scheduler provides a function that will track every launched job historically, and retains it for query and reporting purposes.
The metric for job counting must be applied to the entire environment managed by a single Master Domain Manager, represented by the production of a single plan covering the entire managed network.
IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation V8.6 is license entitlement is based on counting the number of executed jobs.
The following example is provided to illustrate the customers licensing requirements.
Note: List price is equal to X in the above example.
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Product group: Configurations and Operations Product category: Tivoli Workload Scheduling Product Identifier Description (PID) IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation 5725-G80
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Media packs description Part number IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation V8.6.0 BJ111ML Media Pack MP ML
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The quantity to be specified for the Passport Advantage part numbers in the following table is per required number of Per 10 Monthly Jobs. To order for Passport Advantage , specify the desired part number and quantity.
Part number Description D0PNZLL IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation per10 MonthlyJobs Lic + SW S&S 12 Mo E0DSYLL IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation per10 MonthlyJobs Annual SW S&S Rnwl D0PP0LL IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation per10 MonthlyJobs SW S&S Reinstate 12 Mo
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Part number Description BJ111ML IBM SmartCloud Workload Automation V8.6.0 Media Pack MP ML
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