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IBM® SmartCloud® Essentials

Book Description

This book provides an overview of what modern cloud computing involves, and then focuses specifically on the most important features of the IBM SmartCloud portfolio. A crash course in implementing cloud computing for your organization.

  • Understand the basic concepts of cloud computing and learn about common cloud standards
  • Learn about the IBM SmartCloud portfolio with its many facets
  • Full of clearly explained concepts, step-by-step instructions and hands-on exercises

In Detail

IBM, the oldest technology company in the world, has a wide variety of powerful cloud services to offer from its IBM SmartCloud portfolio. Being able to differentiate them, and knowing how to use them efficiently gives you a competitive advantage over others.

Starting with the basics of cloud computing, this guide covers the wide range of cloud components, services, and solutions in the IBM SmartCloud portfolio. Following on from this, you’ll be introduced to the public , Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud service - IBM SmartCloud Enterprise; before peeking into the future of IBM cloud services. Using this book, you will discover the advantage of both traditional enterprise computing and public cloud computing.

You will explore IBM’s portfolio of cloud computing solutions ranging from infrastructure services (IaaS), to business services (BPaaS), and private to public cloud. You will be taken through a number of in-depth use-cases, examples, and hand-on exercises that will help you to take advantage of infrastructure as a service solution IBM SmartCloud Enterprise quickly and easily.

You will learn everything you need to know about the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise, including how to take advantage of cloud computing within your organization.

Table of Contents

  1. IBM® SmartCloud® Essentials
    1. Table of Contents
    2. IBM® SmartCloud® Essentials
    3. Credits
    4. About the Author
    5. About the Reviewer
    6. www.PacktPub.com
      1. Support files, eBooks, discount offers, and more
        1. Why Subscribe?
        2. Free Access for Packt account holders
        3. Instant Updates on New Packt Books
    7. Preface
      1. What this book covers
      2. What you need for this book
      3. Who this book is for
      4. Conventions
      5. Reader feedback
      6. Customer support
        1. Errata
        2. Piracy
        3. Questions
    8. 1. IBM® SmartCloud®
      1. A brief history of IBM
      2. Beware of fake clouds!
        1. The definition
        2. Five essential characteristics
        3. Four service models
        4. Three deployment models
      3. The value of cloud services
      4. The IBM® SmartCloud® portfolio
        1. IBM® SmartCloud® Foundation
        2. IBM® SmartCloud® Services
        3. IBM® SmartCloud® Solutions
      5. Summary
    9. 2. IBM® SmartCloud® Enterprise
      1. Introduction
        1. Understanding the basic concepts
      2. Basic services
        1. Virtual machine instances
        2. Virtual local storage
        3. Network access methods
        4. Image catalog
        5. Support and maintenance
          1. Forum support
          2. Maintenance windows
      3. Premium services
        1. Storage options
          1. Block storage
        2. Network options
          1. Virtual private network
          2. Virtual local area network
          3. Reserved IP addresses
        3. Additional support options
          1. Premium support
          2. Advanced premium support
          3. Add-on operating system support
      4. Estimating your cost
      5. Preparing to get started
        1. Creating an account
        2. Ordering premium services
      6. Navigating to the SCE management console
      7. Summary
    10. 3. Getting Started
      1. Popular uses
        1. Resource relationships and attributes
      2. Provisioning our first virtual machine instance
        1. Creating a block storage volume
        2. Creating an SSH key
        3. Creating a virtual machine instance
      3. Connecting to the instance
        1. Configuring and consuming the instance
        2. Creating a snapshot from the customized instance
          1. Taking a snapshot of the instance
          2. Customizing an image by adding extra parameters
          3. Using rapid deployment services
      4. Many more functions!
        1. User's guide
        2. Demonstration videos
          1. IBM® SmartCloud® Enterprise
          2. IBM® SmartCloud® Application Services
      5. Summary
    11. 4. Advanced Use-cases
      1. Using REST (and other) APIs
        1. User guides and references
        2. Provisioning a virtual machine instance using the REST API
          1. The <base_URL>
          2. Using the REST API in a browser
            1. User Agent Switcher
            2. RESTClient
          3. Creating a virtual machine instance using the API
        3. Powerful API functionalities
          1. Anti-collocation
          2. Guest messaging
          3. The deployment utility tool
      2. Image management
        1. Creating dynamic virtual images
          1. IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool
          2. CohesiveFT
        2. Importing images
          1. Default features
          2. CohesiveFT
          3. Transfering images between different accounts
        3. Delivering images
      3. Securing your resources
        1. ISO 27001 certification
        2. Network security
          1. Network concepts and tools
          2. Integrating your authentication policy using a proxy
        3. Host security
          1. Hypervisor security
          2. Encrypting data in virtual machine instances
        4. Backup and restore options
          1. Backup using the storage capabilities
      4. Monitoring instances
        1. IBM Tivoli® Monitoring
          1. Managing from a mobile device
      5. High availability
      6. Summary
    12. 5. There's an Ecosystem for That
      1. IBM product images
        1. Licensing and pricing options
      2. IBM Business Partner solutions
      3. Cloud ecosystem partner images
      4. Ready for IBM SmartCloud Services solutions
      5. Summary
    13. 6. Further Developments
      1. IBM® SmartCloud® Application Services
        1. Improving software delivery with DevOps
      2. Valuable sources of information
        1. IBM® SmartCloud® Enterprise and Application Services
        2. IBM Innovation Center events
        3. Global Technology Outlook
        4. IBM Academy of Technology
      3. A glimpse into our crystal ball
        1. Platform services
        2. Open cloud standards
        3. SoftLayer Technologies Inc.
        4. Hybrid cloud
      4. Summary
    14. A. A Brief History
    15. Index