Archive for the 'redbooks' Category

Robin Bloor asks what is dynamic infrastructure

Over on his have mac will blog blog, Robin Bloor asks What Does IBM Mean By Dynamic Infrastructure?

Rather than burden his comments section with a long trail of corrections, based on my suppositions, I thought I’d post my answer here and correct it as appropriate.

Robin, You might want to google for IBM Dynamic Infrastructure for MY SAP. or similar, or go look at this redbook. There is also a useful overview PowerPoint from Gerd Breiter, one of the architects and development leads, here

I’d guess the architects/development team for IDI have been moved internally from Systems Group to Tivoli. IDI was an early implementation of on demand and was developed in Boeblingen. As initially envisaged, IDI was a Systems Group initive and the bulk of the early implementation done before on demand, and then carried over and modified as and when possible.

Of course, I’m sure now that this mission is over in Tivoli the thinking and delivery will have evolved. Obviously cloud computing has become as major focus area in the industry since then, and would have to be factored in.

Unless you know better 😉

Power Systems and SOA Synergy

One of the things I pushed for when I first joined Power Systems(then System p) was for the IBM redbooks to focus more on software stacks, and to relate how the Power Systems hardware can be exploited to deliver a more extensive, and easier to use and more efficient hardware stack than many scale out solutions.

Scott Vetter, ITSO Austin project lead, who I first worked with back in probably 1992 in Poughkeepsie, and the Austin based ITSO team, including Monte Poppe from our System Test team, who has recently been focusing on SAP configurations, have just published a new IBM Redbook.

The Redbook, Power Systems and SOA Synergy, SG24-7607, is available free for download from the redbooks abstract page here.

The book was written by systems people, and will be useful to systems people. It contains as useful summary and overview of SOA applications, ESB’s, WebSphere etc. as well as some examples of how and what you can use Power Systems for, including things like WPARs in AIX.

Redbooks on PowerVM and PowerVM Lx86

New Redbooks covering some of the key announcements from this week:

  1. PowerVM Virtualization on IBM System p Introduction and Configuration Fourth Edition – Draft(thanks to Monte and Scott for fixing up the title 🙂 ).
  2. PowerVM Virtualization on IBM System p Managing and Monitoring – currently a draft.
  3. Getting started with PowerVM Lx86
  4. i5/OS Program Conversion: Getting Ready for i5/OS V6R1 – draft

Catching up on IBM Redbooks

Trying to find a reference book on AIX 6, I looked at the latest list of Redbooks for Power Systems, these are the ones listed in the RSS feedRSS Feed since the start of October 2007.

Continue reading ‘Catching up on IBM Redbooks’

Looking back, Unix System Services, Linux et al

I receive quiet a few emails weekly asking questions about product stratetgy and direction. Some of them are difficult to answer because they either delve into IBM confidential disclosures or are too complex to handle in email.

This one though was both interesting and bought back a flood of memories, I thought a post here was in order, with Dales permission.

Continue reading ‘Looking back, Unix System Services, Linux et al’

APV Intro and config

More from the IBM Redbooks team here in Austin. This time its an update to a prior book, actually this is the 3rd revision of the popular Introduction and Configuration book.

They’ve added and updated information on the following:
The value of the Advanced POWER Virtualization

  • Virtualization technologies on System p servers
  • New features in Version 1.3 of the Virtual I/O Server.
  • Additional information for Virtual SCSI optical devices.
  • Setting up the Virtual I/O Server: the basics
  • Setting up virtual I/O: advanced
  • Scenario 4: Network Interface Backup in the client
  • System management
  • Additional information about Hot Plugging adapters with respect to Fibre Channel.
  • Additional information about the topas command
  • New monitoring commands included in 5.5.6, New monitoring commands on the Virtual I/O Server.
  • A new section on security: 5.7, Security considerations for Virtual I/O Servers.

The updated book is here and is available in PDF and HTML format.

VIOS Redpaper

More good/free stuff from the IBM ITSO, this time a redpaper on the System p APV Virtual I/O Server. The redpaper is some 90-pages and covers VIOS deployment examples.

Listed are some high-level architecture designs, referred to as scenarios. They show different configurations for VIOS and partitions. The scenarios described in this paper will help you derive your own implementation.

You can download the redpaper here.


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I'm Mark Cathcart, formally a Senior Distinguished Engineer, in Dells Software Group; before that Director of Systems Engineering in the Enterprise Solutions Group at Dell. Prior to that, I was IBM Distinguished Engineer and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. I'm an information technology optimist.


I was a member of the Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative Steering committee. Read more about it here.

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