This edition focuses on what’s new in IBM SmartCloud Enterprise release 2.2 and IBM SmartCloud Application Services 1.0. You will find the link to an e-book “Cloud Services for Dummies” which is available at no charge and also discover how to do encryption in your images and find out what the differences are between IBM SmartCloud Enterprise and IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+.

This is the fifth edition of the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise Unleashed series; you can find the previous posts here:

  • Unleashed I takes you through all the basics of SmartCloud Enterprise and details all valuable information resources.
  • Unleashed II is a deep dive into functional and technical use cases, utilizing the capabilities that SmartCloud Enterprise offers.
  • Unleashed III goes into detail on how security is arranged within and around IBM SmartCloud Enterprise.
  • Unleashed IV details Asigra backup, AppZero migration services, big data and how to create and register a mashup service in the Cloud Services Framework.

What’s new

Now IBM SmartCloud Applications has been released, extending IBM SmartCloud Enterprise with platform-as-a-service (PaaS) functionality. You will also find information and use cases for this “Cloud Native” service here.

IBM SmartCloud Enterprise 2.2

IBM SmartCloud Enterprise has been updated to version 2.2 and includes the following enhancements:

  • Microsoft™ Windows™ Instance Capture — Ability to create a true clone of an instance without the use of the Sysprep process.
  • Windows Import Copy (initial release / limited availability) — Ability to import a Microsoft image built outside of the IBM® cloud.
  • Windows 2012 (initial release / limited availability) — Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2012.
  • APIs for guest messaging — Provides a capability for customers to monitor the health of their SmartCloud Enterprise instances by issuing guest messages.
  • Platinum M2 — Provides a new virtual machine with 16vCPU, 32GB memory and 2TB storage to customers to meet their memory-intensive workloads.

Find more in the release notes and all the details in the document What’s new in IBM SmartCloud Enterprise 2.2 (IBM SmartCloud Enterprise ID required).

IBM SmartCloud Application Services 1.0

IBM SmartCloud Application Services Version 1.0 is IBM’s platform-as-a-service offering for the public cloud. It delivers a collaborative, cloud-based environment that supports the full lifecycle of accelerated application development, deployment and delivery.

  • IBM SmartCloud Application Workload Service (SCAWS) allows you to use design patterns, policy-based automated scaling and easy replication of your own defined patterns. This also allows you to import/export topologies between IBM public and private cloud environments.
  • Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) is a set of seamlessly integrated tools that provide a real-time cloud-based collaborative environment for accelerated application development and delivery. Based on proven IBM Collaborative Lifecycle Management, our pay-as-you-go service coordinates activities across business and system requirements, design, development, build, test and delivery improving productivity and time to delivery.

Find out more on this great set of functionality on the blog post Announcing the first release of IBM SmartCloud Application Services or view the webcast Evolve with the Changing Enterprise Application Development Landscape, available on demand.

SmartCloud Enterprise Monthly Cost Estimator

20130205 SmartCloud Enterprise unleashed V img1A new version of the SmartCloud Enterprise Monthly Cost Estimator has been released with significant extensions to support SmartCloud Enterprise 2.2 and SmartCloud Application Services 1.0.

It supports all SmartCloud Application Services prices and content, and provides total cost of ownership (TCO) comparisons for the different options as well as a comparison to a comparable traditional non-cloud implementation.

New cloud ecosystem partner images

Recently two new partners have been added to the list of cloud ecosystem partner images that extend the value of the IBM SmartCloud. New additional are: Convertigo and Riverbed.

Find out more about the functionality that Convertigo brings to SmartCloud Enterprise in this developerWorks article Solve your many-device-to-many-platform mobile application integration challenges or see what Riverbed can mean for your scalability by viewing the video Riverbed Technology on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise Network Scalability.

E-Book “Cloud Services for Dummies”

20130205 SmartCloud Enterprise unleashed V img2Whether public, private, or hybrid, cloud computing is becoming an integral part of many companies’ business and technology strategy. There are many different delivery models. But two foundational services are essential for cloud computing to become a strategic part of the overall computing infrastructure:

  • Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) enables you to gain access to compute and storage resources in an on demand model.
  • Platform as a service (PaaS) sits on top of IaaS and enables you to build applications to support the business.

Learn how to take advantage of these services to create flexibility for your business. Download this “Cloud Services For Dummies” e-book at no charge now to learn more about how to start optimizing by enabling IT resources with cloud.

The technical side

Encrypt data in customer images on SmartCloud Enterprise

Encrypting the file system above the hypervisor is a way to secure data at rest and to provide assurance that others can’t access the data. This article demonstrates some technologies and applications you can use to encrypt data inside guest images on SmartCloud Enterprise. It shows how to encrypt a storage unit (persistent storage) and how to encrypt the home directory. This article steps you through these scenarios:

  • Encrypt a storage unit on Linux using dm-crypt. dm-crypt is a transparent disk encryption subsystem in the Linux kernel. It is a device mapper that provides transparent encryption of block devices. A filesystem can be used on top of dm-crypt transparently, and even raw data types can use it.
  • Encrypt a storage unit on Windows® Server using the Windows Encrypting File System (EFS). Windows EFS can encrypt data transparently per file, per directory, or per-drive. As such it is also applicable to persistent storage and as an encryption technology to encrypt data inside directories in a windows image.
  • Encrypt a home directory on Linux using Enterprise Cryptographic Filesystem (eCryptfs). eCryptfs works on top of the filesystem, which allows you to encrypt data specifically in your home directory. This is an added benefit since SmartCloud Enterprise doesn’t have a facility to encrypt the boot volume. Encrypting a home directory allows some reasonable security to cover that gap.

Why does IBM also have IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+?

Cloud computing changes the way we think about technology, but it’s not only about technology. The blog post Top business differences between SmartCloud Enterprise and SmartCloud Enterprise+ elaborates on the earlier blog post Top Five Differences between SmartCloud Enterprise and SmartCloud Enterprise+ with a business perspective on the differences.

By Edwin Schouten. Find out more about me on or follow me on Twitter via @schoutene.

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