IBM SmartCloud Entry as the beginning of a private cloud journey

IBM SmartCloud Entry provides customers with a self-service portal for the cloud user that complements IBM Systems Director VMControl and various other cloud implementations. The IBM SmartCloud Entry enables customers to work with virtual appliances and workloads, focusing on the user’s perspective, rather than the IT or systems administrator’s perspective. The self-service capabilities simplify the process of executing many common public or private cloud operations, such as:

  • Provisioning and deprovisioning servers (process known as deploying)
  • Drafting and cloning deployments
  • Taking deployment snapshots
  • Starting up and shutting down servers
  • Resizing existing servers

smartcloud entry welcome pageThese capabilities provide a good foundation for most enterprise private cloud solutions.  Although IBM SmartCloud Entry does not provide features such as pattern-based deployment and orchestration, it does provide many features that give organizations a good start on the journey of private cloud.

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David Kwock

About David Kwock

David is a Service Management Solution Architect in the US. He has 11 years of experience in the IT Service Management field, 4 of which have been with IBM. His areas of expertise include service management, service-oriented architecture, cloud computing and dynamic infrastructure. He has written extensively about IT Service Management and service-oriented architecture including an IBM Redpaper™ publication about Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS deployment in a retail environment and Tivoli integration scenarios.
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