• IBM Consulting

    DBA Consulting can help you with IBM BI and Web related work. Also IBM Linux is our portfolio.

  • Oracle Consulting

    For Oracle related consulting and Database work and support and Migration call DBA Consulting.

  • Novell/RedHat Consulting

    For all Novell Suse Linux and SAP on Suse Linux questions releated to OS and BI solutions. And offcourse also for the great RedHat products like RedHat Enterprise Server and JBoss middelware and BI on RedHat.

  • Microsoft Consulting

    For Microsoft Server 2012 onwards, Microsoft Client Windows 7 and higher, Microsoft Cloud Services (Azure,Office 365, etc.) related consulting services.

  • Citrix Consulting

    Citrix VDI in a box, Desktop Vertualizations and Citrix Netscaler security.

  • Web Development

    Web Development (Static Websites, CMS Websites (Drupal 7/8, WordPress, Joomla, Responsive Websites and Adaptive Websites).

24 December 2015

Hybrid Infrastructure Automation with Azure Resource Manager Templates

Back in May of this year Microsoft announced Azure Resource Manager Templates.

On today’s Microsoft Mechanics show, Corey Sanders who heads up the team for Microsoft Azure compute, addresses the tech advantages of Azure Resource Manager Templates for IT. If you've ever had to set up a test or production environment for something like SharePoint, you know there are several pieces to set up - like Active Directory, SQL for your backend data, and then your SharePoint servers.

Early look at containers in Windows Server, Hyper-V and Azure – with Mark Russinovich

While it's possible to automate this with advanced scripting or level 400 task sequencer skills, imagine just choosing a template or manifest file and clicking go to spin up a dozen or so VMs all wired together and talking to each other. That is effectively what Azure Resource Manager templates do and what Corey demonstrates on the show while taking a step back to illustrate how they actually work to automate resources in the Cloud, on-premises or both.

Hybrid Infrastructure Automation with Azure Resource Manager Templates

Unified model for infrastructure automation in the Cloud and on-premises

As we gear up to deliver you the upcoming Azure Stack which brings the operational and resource management model of Microsoft Azure right inside your own private data center, Azure Resource Manager Templates serve as a unified model for automating how you build the infrastructure for running your apps and services whether in the Cloud or on-premises.

Simply put, they give you a, tried and tested reference architecture of the infrastructure components required to run your apps.

Business Intelligence (BI) solutions need to move at the speed of business.  Unfortunately, roadblocks related to availability of resources and deployment often present an issue.  What if you could accelerate the deployment of an entire BI infrastructure to just a couple hours and start loading data into it by the end of the day.  In this session, we'll demonstrate how to leverage Microsoft tools and the Azure cloud environment to build out a BI solution and begin providing analytics to your team with tools such as Power BI.  By end of the session, you'll gain an understanding of the capabilities of Azure and how you can start building an end to end BI proof-of-concept today.

The templates themselves, offer a pre-configured and declarative representation of your solution, grouping together the resources that you need. This in turn, allows you to manage required resources as a logical unit and deploy your apps in a repeatable manner in your testing, staging and production environment whether on premises or in the Cloud. Further, as Corey demos on the show, you can also easily replicate the same security constructs today via Azure Active Directory synchronization to govern access to resources and even tag resources to track usage costs.

Azures next generation compute platform

Beyond PowerShell

While we still bring you the Cmdlets for PowerShell, this approach now gives you an alternative beyond the scripting and task sequencing that you might be used to. Deploying a template typically requires just calling three lines of PowerShell, saving you time as you don’t have to determine the logic and Cmdlets to automate and deploy the same infrastructure.

Infrastructure Automation Quickstart Templates

With our open model, we have an increasing number of partners building templates such as DataStax, Cloudera, Mesosphere and much more. There are now hundreds of templates supplied by Microsoft or curated from the IT community covering infrastructure automation scenarios.

An overview of Microsoft azure new networking capabilities 

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14 December 2015

IBM Linux One Systems

IBM Unveils Linux-Only Mainframe; Builds on Linux Success

IBM announced a significant expansion of the mainframe’s strategy of embracing open source-based technologies and open-source communities to provide clients with the most secure, highest performance capabilities for an era where mainframes increasingly anchor corporate analytics and hybrid clouds.

IBM LinuxONE™: Linux Without Limits

Linux may not have limits, but what you run it on does. That's why you need LinuxONE™. LinuxONE is a powerful suite of hardware, software, services and solutions from IBM that unleashes the full potential of Linux for business.

For more information, visit IBM on the web at http://www.ibm.com/linuxone

To get updates on LinuxONE In real-time, follow the hashtag #LinuxONE on Twitter.

Unveiling the most secure Linux servers in the industry – The company is introducing two Linux mainframe servers – called LinuxONE – that are the industry’s most powerful[2] and secure enterprise servers designed for the new application economy and hybrid cloud era.

Deepening open source software enablement – IBM will enable open source and industry tools and software including Apache Spark, Node.js, MongoDB, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Chef and Docker on z Systems to provide clients with choice and flexibility for hybrid cloud deployments. SUSE, which provides Linux distribution for the mainframe, will now support KVM, giving clients a new hypervisor option. Canonical and IBM also announced plans to create an Ubuntu distribution for LinuxONE and z Systems. The collaboration with Canonical brings Ubuntu’s scale-out and cloud expertise to the IBM z Systems platform, further expanding its reach and support.

Contributing the single largest amount of mainframe code to open source community – The code, designed to fuel digital transformation, includes technology from IBM’s mainframe to help enterprises identify issues and help prevent failures before they happen, help improve performance across platforms and enable better integration with the broader network and cloud.

"Fifteen years ago IBM surprised the industry by putting Linux on the mainframe, and today more than a third of IBM mainframe clients are running Linux,” said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems. “We are deepening our commitment to the open source community by combining the best of the open world with the most advanced system in the world in order to help clients embrace new mobile and hybrid cloud workloads. Building on the success of Linux on the mainframe, we continue to push the limits beyond the capabilities of commodity servers that are not designed for security and performance at extreme scale."


"Open source is about choice for customers, in software, hardware infrastructure, support and services. SUSE continues to innovate with IBM on new solutions and initiatives including LinuxONE, KVM for IBM z Systems and the Open Mainframe Project to expand enterprise horizons and multiply opportunities. Extending and adapting the open source ecosystem can only help clients succeed." – Michael Miller, SUSE vice president of global alliances and marketing.

LinuxONE – Industry’s Most Advanced Enterprise-Grade Linux Platform

IBM is launching LinuxONE, a new portfolio of hardware, software and services solutions, providing two distinct Linux systems for large enterprises and mid-size businesses. LinuxONE Emperor, based on the IBM z13, is the world’s most advanced Linux system with the fastest processor in the industry.

The system is capable of analyzing transactions in “real time” and can be used to help prevent fraud as it is occurring. The system can scale up to 8,000 virtual machines or hundreds of thousands of containers – currently the most of any single Linux system. LinuxONE Rockhopper, an entry into the portfolio, is designed for clients and emerging markets seeking the speed, security and availability of the mainframe but in a smaller package.

IBM’s LinuxONE systems, available starting today, are the most secure Linux systems with advanced encryption features built into both the hardware and software to help keep customer data and transactions confidential and secure. Protected-key, available on LinuxONE, provides significantly enhanced security over clear-key technology and offers up-to 28X improved performance over standard secure-key technology.

IBM Enables New Open Software and Industry Tools for Mainframe

Significantly broadening options for enterprises, IBM has enabled key open source and industry software for LinuxONE and IBM z Systems, including Apache Spark, Node.js, MongoDB, MariaDB, PostgreSQL, Chef and Docker. These technologies work seamlessly on the mainframe just as they do with other platforms, with compelling performance advantages while requiring no special skills.

IBM helped pioneer virtualization on the mainframe and is now offering more choices for virtualization by enabling the new LinuxONE systems to be provisioned as a virtual machine through the open standards-based KVM hypervisor, just like any Linux server. SUSE, a leading distributor of Linux, will provide initial support for KVM for the mainframe.

Canonical and IBM also announced an initiative to encourage the growth of Ubuntu Linux on z Systems. Canonical plans to distribute Ubuntu for LinuxONE and z Systems, adding a third Linux distribution. SUSE and Red Hat already support distribution. Canonical also plans to support KVM for the mainframe.

Introducing IBM LinuxONE™: Linux without Limits Announcement

It’s time to unleash the full potential of Linux. With IBM LinuxONE, you’ll have one portfolio of hardware, software and service solutions for business critical Linux applications.

For more information on LinuxONE, visit IBM on the web at IBM.com/LinuxONE.

For real-time updates on LinuxONE, follow the hashtag #LinuxONE on Twitter.

Join us for the complimentary webinar, as we celebrate the launch of this groundbreaking new system, bringing you Linux without limits.

Learn about:
- Moving forward in the digital economy
- Consolidating virtual servers and containers on one system
- Eliminating risk with Linux
- Linux your way, with ultimate choice and flexibility
- Expansion of the open community

- Ross Mauri, General Manager, IBM z Systems
- Deon Newman, Vice President, Marketing, IBM z Systems
- Mark Shuttleworth, Founder, Canonical
- Kevin Barber, CIO, SinfoniaRx

IBM Joins New Linux Foundation Project as Demand Grows for Mainframe in Open Source Community

Enabling greater access in the developer community, IBM’s contribution of mainframe technologies is the largest single contribution of mainframe code from IBM to the open source community. A key part of the mainframe code contributions are IT predictive analytics that constantly monitor for unusual system behavior and help prevent issues from turning into failures. The code can be used by developers to build similar sense and respond resiliency capabilities on other systems.

The contributions will help fuel the new “Open Mainframe Project,” formed by the Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux and collaborative development.  In collaboration with the Linux Foundation, IBM will support the Open Mainframe Project, a collaboration of nearly a dozen organizations across academia, government and corporate sectors to advance development and adoption of Linux on the mainframe.

“Linux on the mainframe has reached a critical mass such that vendors, users and academia need a neutral forum where they can work together to advance Linux tools and technologies and increase enterprise innovation,” said Jim Zemlin, the Linux Foundation executive director.  “The Open Mainframe Project is a direct response to the demands of Linux users and the supporting open source ecosystem to address unique features and requirements built into mainframes for security, availability and performance.”

IBM Provides Access to LinuxONE Developer Cloud at No Cost

With today’s announcement, IBM is also providing unprecedented access to the mainframe to foster innovations by developers in the open source community. IBM is creating the LinuxONE Developer Cloud to provide open access to the development community. The cloud acts as a virtual R&D engine for the creation, testing and piloting of emerging applications including testing linkages to engagement systems, mobile applications and hybrid cloud applications.

Marist College and Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies plan to host clouds that provide developers access to a virtual IBM LinuxONE at no cost. As part of the program, IBM also will create a special cloud for independent software providers (ISVs) hosted at IBM sites in Dallas, Beijing and Boeblingen, Germany, that provide application vendors access and a free trial to LinuxONE resources to port, test and benchmark new applications for the LinuxONE and z Systems platform.

New financing models for the LinuxONE portfolio provide flexibility in pricing and resources that allows enterprises to pay for what they use and scale up quickly when their business grows. The new LinuxONE systems are available today.

For more information on the IBM LinuxONE Systems Portfolio, visit: http://www.ibm.com/linuxone and follow the conversation at #IBMz, #LinuxONE and #LinuxCon, or contact DBA Consulting.

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