IBM® SmartCloud® Essentials

IBM® SmartCloud® Essentials
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  • Understand the basic concepts of cloud computing and learn about common cloud standards
  • Learn about the IBM SmartCloud portfolio with its many facets
  • Full of clearly explained concepts, step-by-step instructions and hands-on exercises

Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 112 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : December 2013
ISBN : 1782170642
ISBN 13 : 9781782170648
Author(s) : Edwin Schouten
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Enterprise Products and Platforms, Enterprise

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: IBM® SmartCloud®
Chapter 2: IBM® SmartCloud® Enterprise
Chapter 3: Getting Started
Chapter 4: Advanced Use-cases
Chapter 5: There's an Ecosystem for That
Chapter 6: Further Developments
Appendix: A Brief History
  • Chapter 1: IBM® SmartCloud®
    • A brief history of IBM
    • Beware of fake clouds!
      • The definition
      • Five essential characteristics
      • Four service models
      • Three deployment models
    • The value of cloud services
    • The IBM® SmartCloud® portfolio
      • IBM® SmartCloud® Foundation
      • IBM® SmartCloud® Services
      • IBM® SmartCloud® Solutions
    • Summary
  • Chapter 2: IBM® SmartCloud® Enterprise
    • Introduction
      • Understanding the basic concepts
    • Basic services
      • Virtual machine instances
      • Virtual local storage
      • Network access methods
      • Image catalog
      • Support and maintenance
        • Forum support
        • Maintenance windows
    • Premium services
      • Storage options
        • Block storage
      • Network options
        • Virtual private network
        • Virtual local area network
        • Reserved IP addresses
      • Additional support options
        • Premium support
        • Advanced premium support
        • Add-on operating system support
    • Estimating your cost
    • Preparing to get started
      • Creating an account
      • Ordering premium services
    • Navigating to the SCE management console
    • Summary
  • Chapter 3: Getting Started
    • Popular uses
      • Resource relationships and attributes
    • Provisioning our first virtual machine instance
      • Creating a block storage volume
      • Creating an SSH key
      • Creating a virtual machine instance
    • Connecting to the instance
      • Configuring and consuming the instance
      • Creating a snapshot from the customized instance
        • Taking a snapshot of the instance
        • Customizing an image by adding extra parameters
        • Using rapid deployment services
    • Many more functions!
      • User's guide
      • Demonstration videos
        • IBM® SmartCloud® Enterprise
        • IBM® SmartCloud® Application Services
    • Summary
  • Chapter 4: Advanced Use-cases
    • Using REST (and other) APIs
      • User guides and references
      • Provisioning a virtual machine instance using the REST API
        • The <base_URL>
        • Using the REST API in a browser
        • Creating a virtual machine instance using the API
      • Powerful API functionalities
        • Anti-collocation
        • Guest messaging
        • The deployment utility tool
    • Image management
      • Creating dynamic virtual images
        • IBM Image Construction and Composition Tool
        • CohesiveFT
      • Importing images
        • Default features
        • CohesiveFT
        • Transfering images between different accounts
      • Delivering images
    • Securing your resources
      • ISO 27001 certification
      • Network security
        • Network concepts and tools
        • Integrating your authentication policy using a proxy
      • Host security
        • Hypervisor security
        • Encrypting data in virtual machine instances
      • Backup and restore options
        • Backup using the storage capabilities
    • Monitoring instances
      • IBM Tivoli® Monitoring
      • Managing from a mobile device
  • High availability
  • Summary
  • Chapter 5: There's an Ecosystem for That
    • IBM product images
      • Licensing and pricing options
    • IBM Business Partner solutions
    • Cloud ecosystem partner images
    • Ready for IBM SmartCloud Services solutions
    • Summary
  • Chapter 6: Further Developments
    • IBM® SmartCloud® Application Services
      • Improving software delivery with DevOps
    • Valuable sources of information
      • IBM® SmartCloud® Enterprise and Application Services
      • IBM Innovation Center events
      • Global Technology Outlook
      • IBM Academy of Technology
    • A glimpse into our crystal ball
      • Platform services
      • Open cloud standards
      • SoftLayer Technologies Inc.
      • Hybrid cloud
    • Summary

Edwin Schouten

Edwin Schouten is a Master IT Architect for IBM Global Technology Services. He is a Council Member and the Domain Champion for Cloud Computing in the IBM Benelux Technical Experts Council (TEC).

He has 15 years of experience in IT, holds a Master of Science in IT Architecture, is the Open Group Master Certified IT Architect, IBM Expert Level IT Architect, and IBM Certified Solution Advisor for Cloud Computing Architecture V3.

He is also a frequent speaker/panelist at cloud computing events, active member of Dutch cloud standardization bodies Platform Outsourcing Nederland and NEN, and blogger on his own website,, with featured posts on Wired Insights, The Atlantic, Thoughts on Cloud, and

You can reach Edwin at and his Twitter handle is @schoutene.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Navigate the IBM SmartCloud portfolio, which contains a wide variety of cloud computing services
  • Explore the advantages of cloud computing, and the most important cloud standardization bodies
  • Create virtual servers and virtual storage
  • Create images, and perform basic functions using the self-service management console
  • Set up virtually any application topology.
  • Perform a cost estimate for your cloud system within minutes
  • Establish object storage to store terabytes of files and other important data in a highly secure way

In Detail

IBM, the oldest technology company in the world, has a wide variety of powerful cloud services to offer from its IBM SmartCloud portfolio. Being able to differentiate them, and knowing how to use them efficiently gives you a competitive advantage over others.

Starting with the basics of cloud computing, this guide covers the wide range of cloud components, services, and solutions in the IBM SmartCloud portfolio. Following on from this, you’ll be introduced to the public , Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud service - IBM SmartCloud Enterprise; before peeking into the future of IBM cloud services. Using this book, you will discover the advantage of both traditional enterprise computing and public cloud computing.

You will explore IBM’s portfolio of cloud computing solutions ranging from infrastructure services (IaaS), to business services (BPaaS), and private to public cloud. You will be taken through a number of in-depth use-cases, examples, and hand-on exercises that will help you to take advantage of infrastructure as a service solution IBM SmartCloud Enterprise quickly and easily.

You will learn everything you need to know about the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise, including how to take advantage of cloud computing within your organization.


A practical, user-friendly guide that provides an introduction to cloud computing using IBM SmartCloud, along with a thorough understanding of resource management in a cloud environment.

Who this book is for

This book is great for anyone who wants to get a grasp of what cloud computing is and what IBM SmartCloud has to offer. If you are an IT specialist, IT architect, system administrator, or a developer who wants to thoroughly understand the cloud computing resource model, this book is ideal for you. No prior knowledge of cloud computing is expected.

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