Creating Smart Virtual Appliances with IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool

Creating Smart Virtual Appliances with IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool

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In a traditional deployment model, software is installed on a physical server, and it is configured for the particular data center environment. The cloud deployment model requires that the dependency on a specific hardware configuration is severed. This IBMAr RedbooksAr publication guides you through the transition from the traditional application deployment model to the cloud-friendly deployment model. It explains how to achieve these goals by packaging the software stacks into industry standard virtual appliances. A key part of this transition involves using the IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool. This tool is the IBM tool for creating virtualized workloads that target several private cloud deployment platforms, including platforms from IBM and not from IBM. In fact, this tool is unique in its ability to support such a wide range of cloud offerings. It is also the only tool in the marketplace that can create virtual appliances for both x86 and IBM Power hardware architectures. This book provides an in-depth look at the capabilities and internal workings of Image Construction and Composition Tool. It focuses on the capabilities of this tool, which target the virtualization and cloud offerings of IBM Systems and Technology Group. These offerings include IBM Systems Director VMControlTM, IBM SmartCloudAr Entry, and IBM PureFlexTM System with IBM Flex System ManagerTM appliance. The Image Construction and Composition Tool also has a much richer set of capabilities. Specifically, it supports IBM Workload Deployer, IBM PureApplicationTM Systems, and IBM SmartCloud Provisioning. This publication targets software architects, cloud solutions architects, and cloud administrators. Its goal is to provide you with the expert-level skills required to package the existing and newly created applications into self-configurable, smart virtual appliances. Related publication: Smart Virtual Appliances Made Easy with IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool, TIPS1037Several options are possible: Build the software virtual appliance manually by using the open source tooling. ... Intel x86 Multiple target hypervisors: a€“ KVM on x86 a€“ VMware ESX/ESXi a€“ IBM PowerVM Figure 1-1 illustrates these concepts.

Title:Creating Smart Virtual Appliances with IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool
Author:Greg Hurlebaus, Rashed Ferdous, John Jacobson, Li-Fang Lee, Jarek Miszczyk, Pat Nickel, David Peraza, Moises Romo, Kerry Staples, IBM Redbooks
Publisher:IBM Redbooks - 2013-07-24


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