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Workload Deployer speeds application deployment to cloud and virtualisation environments

IBM Workload Deployer (previously known as WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance) is a hardware appliance that provides access to IBM middleware virtual images and patterns to easily, quickly and repeatedly create application environments that can be securely deployed and managed in a private cloud.

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Features and benefits

BM is empowering clients to deploy and manage their SOA foundation in cloud computing environments to realise the economic and technological advantages. IBM Workload Deployer is a proven hardware appliance that provides access to software virtual images and patterns that can be used as is or easily customised, and then securely deployed, managed and maintained in a private cloud. Workload Deployer works seamlessly with IBM WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition, a new version of IBM WebSphere Application Server software optimised to run in virtualised hardware server environments including IBM zVM, IBM PowerVM on AIX and VMware ESX. Together, they enable organisations to easily, quickly, and repeatedly create application environments that can be published and managed in a private cloud.



What's new in:
Workload Deployer v3.1 Workload Deployer v3.0
All IBM Workload Deployer v3.0 features are included in IBM Workload Deployer v3.1 in addition to the following new features: Support for new WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server (also on System z)
Broader virtual application platform support through application deployment on AIX/PowerVM Availability of new WebSphere Process Server Hypervisor Edition image
Availability of new WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition - Intelligent Management Pack
Capability to use multiple virtual images in a single pattern
Dynamically add and remove virtual machines

Enhanced license management capability
Virtual application pattern third party software support through embedded Plugin Development Kit (PDK) Support for workload patterns
Support for custom images created by IBM Image Construction and Composition tool, as part of virtual system pattern IBM Web Application Pattern (US)
Broader programming model support with JEE 6, OSGi, JPA, and other WebSphere Application Server v8 supported models IBM Workload Deployer Pattern for Database Applications
Added appliance failover capability for enhanced resiliency Automated elasticity of topology patterns




Workload Deployer is targeted for private or on-premise cloud computing environments. It can also be used by service providers providing hosted public clouds and software-as-a-service environments to simplify and standardise repeated deployments.

The successor to the first hardware appliance of its kind (WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance), Workload Deployer stores and secures WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition (US) images and patterns to be published into a cloud, which helps clients more easily and quickly develop, test and deploy business applications, ending the use of manual, complex or time-intensive processes associated with creating application environments. Once finished, resources are automatically returned to the shared resource pool and logged for internal charge-back purposes. Workload Deployer also manages individual user and group access, giving IT managers the right kind of access controls with optimal efficiency rates.

It incorporates more than 10 years of management best practices for cost-effective, rapid, and repeatable application deployment and fully integrates with development and service management tools from IBM Rational and Tivoli brands for a seamless end-to-end process.

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System requirements

System Requirements

Purpose:

Information required:
You need to collect the following data to define your Workload Deployer base configuration.

Best Practice:
Use the remaining three Ethernet interfaces to handle data traffic to and from the various hypervisors.

Optional:
The IP addresses and subnet mask for Ethernet interfaces for appliance service access (MGT0, MGT1, ETH0, ETH1, thru ETH8) MGMT Ethernet interface on a dedicated subnet for all network- and system-wide management functions. This dedicated subnet would handle network traffic for Web Management (WebGUI) functions.

Setup and physical installation perquisites:
You need to collect the following data to configure your Workload Deployer environment.

The Workload Deployer is a 2U rack-mountable network appliance. You can install the appliance in an EIA-310-D 48.3-cm (19-in) rack with at least 71.1 cm (28 in.) of depth. When planning the installation, keep the following in mind:

You will need the following tools, hardware, and cables to install the Workload Deployer rack-mounting kit:

You will need the following cables to connect the Workload Deployer to your network: At least one (1), but up to ten (10), network cables.

To perform the initial configuration, you must use a serial connection. The serial connection must be between an ASCII terminal or a PC running terminal emulation software to the serial port on the appliance. To make this connection, use the provided DB-9 null-modem cable. Note: If the terminal or PC is not equipped with a serial port, use a USB-to-serial converter cable.



Workload Deployer System Requirements
Software Hardware Suggested Minimum Configuration Optimal Hardware
VMware ESX: ESX 3.5, ESX 4.1, ESX 4.0, ESXi Hardware matching VMware ESX HCL (link resides outside of ibm.com) 4+ Processor/Core System
16GB+ RAM
147+ GB Storage
32 Core Systems
128GB RAM
SAN Storage (ie: DS4000)
PowerVM 5, 6 and 7
System Director 6.2.1.1
VM Control 2.3.1.1
Hardware Management Console 7.7.3 or later
AIX Levels for Directo and NIM – AIX 6.1 TL5 SP3
VIOS 2.2.0.11-FP-24 SP-01
PowerVM hardware roadmap 4+ Processor/Core System
16GB+ RAM
147+ GB Storage
32 Core Systems
128GB RAM
SAN Storage (ie: DS4000)
z/VM 5.4 or z/VM 6.1, or later with DIRM enabled (RACF optional)
MAINT user id / privileges required
VSwitch configured

4+ Processor/Core System
16GB+ RAM
147+ GB Storage
32 Core Systems
128GB RAM
SAN Storage (ie: DS4000)
A separate LPAR with the following:
- 4 GB of central storage
- 2 GB of expanded storage (XSTOR)
- 2 CPs ( IFLs, optional)
- 3 3390 Mod 3 DASD for page / spool datasets
(recommended to have five page data sets defined to the
system for performance reasons)

For each provisioned guest / vm
Shared Mini Disk Mode:
- 3 3390 Mod 9 DASD (21 GB - for cache)
- 1 3390 Mod 9 DASD per VM/guest
Isolated Mini Disk Mode
- 3 3390 Mod 9 DASD (21 GB ) per VM/guest
WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition System Requirements
(per virtual machine deployed using Cloudburst)
Minimum Requirements
1 Virtual CPU
2048 MB Virtual RAM
30 GB Storage
Suggested Requirements
2-4 Virtual CPU
8192 MB Virtual RAM
30 GB Storage
Sample Cluster Topology
(1 Deployment manager, 2 Application Server nodes, 1 IBM Http Server system)
Minimum Requirements (per system (4)
1 Virtual CPU
2048 MB Virtual RAM
40 GB Storage for initial deployment
20 GB Storage for each subsequent deployment
Suggested Requirements (per system (4)
2-4 Virtual CPU
8192 MV Virtual RAM
40 GB Storage for initial deployment
20 GB Storage for each subsequent deployment

Web User interface
To use the Web user interface, you can use one of the following browsers:

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