PureSystems at Impact 2013: Day 4 Highlights

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Welcome to the final day of Impact 2013! Today focuses on PureSystems sessions that provide further detail on experiences and solutions, as well as hands-on labs to understand the systems further. Also, you can watch live video sessions from your computer via livestream: http://www.livestream.com/ibmimpact

Reviewing experiences from the PureExperience Program

IBMers Hendrik van Run, Certified Consulting IT Specialist, and Markus Keppeler, Certified Senior IT Specialist spoke on the successes and lessons of the PureExperience Program. Van Run stated that PureExperience offers free on-site installation and execution of a 10-day PureStart on-site service management. He also states there are three phases: evaluate, assess, and implement. Evaluate provides business value assessment and technical delivery assurance (TDA), assess provides customer applications and workloads, and Implement focuses on system setup in the data center, which consists of delivery, wiring, and power. Some of the typical customer success criteria were also shared: integration into existing (production) environment, deployment of pattern, maintenance & lifecycle management, and failover, among many others.

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A customer scenario was provided, which was a European bank that needed to make best use of customer information. The client needed enterprise-ready IBM Cognos environment available to support Unica campaign software. The PureApp system deployed applications in minutes as complete solution on single rack. Additionally, the ‘AppStore’ concept fit the client’s cloud strategy and delivered superior ‘Time to Value.’

Some lessons learned were also shared: must be feasible in 2-week on-site engagement, success criteria is not precisely defined, custom security processes, client employees work on PureExperience alongside regular job, and the original PureExperience process (application assessment & migration) does not always fit to what customer wants to see, among several others.

Creating and Customizing Patterns for PureApp Sytems

IBM Software Engineer Ajay Apte, and Sungik Son, WebSphere Software Services, spoke about patterns and how they are critical for the PureApp Systems. He mentioned the three patterns of expertise: virtual appliances, virtual system patterns, and virtual application patterns. He also spoke about user roles for script management, which consisted of a catalog creator, pattern creator, and pattern deployer. Son mentioned that PureApp recognizes a JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) object that is used to define script package environment.

The session finished by talking about additional automation models: Add-Ons (Special [system-defined] automation for OS/VM customization, typical functionality divided into two steps, default templates can be cloned/modified based on target scenario), and additional automation models: emergency fixes (not a script package, management interaction similar to script packages, powerful mechanism to patch software stack on deployed instance).

Investigating PureApp Systems of Patterns for IBM BPM and IBM ODM

IBMers Eric Herness, Distinguished Engineer, and Ryan Claussen, Software Engineer, spoke to attendees about BPM (business process management) and ODM (operational decision management) for PureApp patterns. Herness stated the patterns should be focused on simplicity. He then spoke in detail about three IBM Smarter Process Cloud offerings: Blueworks Live (Public Cloud), BPM on Cloud (Public Cloud), BPM/ODM Application Pattern (Private Cloud). He also mentioned the build-in best recommended topology in the patterns, which centers around a 4-clustered topology: application cluster, messaging cluster, support cluster, and web cluster.

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There are also three different ways to deploy BPM leveraging the pattern: deploy process application from Process Center leveraging the optimized governance process, which provides greater control of deplying in a Pure environment directly from within BPM, and use PureApp console to create BPM app pattern instance, traditional deployment from Process Center. In conclusion, each of the patterns is constructed in a way that leverages the underlying platform features, hides details and make decisions with the ‘expertise in the box,’ enabled extensibility if needed. Additionally, experience to date tells that a golden topology is necessary before attempting to create a pattern, there are often multiple approaches to an answer, but experiment/consultation helps get to the right answer.

Integrating PureApp System into your network

The conference closed out with a talk on the integration of PureApp system into the network. Shaun Murakami, Cloud Architect, Dims Srinivas, PureApp Systems Architect, and Hendrik van Run, Certified Consulting IT Specialist led the discussion. Srinivas stated it’s important to define your resource pools with cloud groups, and that you will map your organization’s rules into the groups. Also mentioned was that PureApp provides a network segmentation capabilities to isolate applications and their components. In closing, the group shared some learned lessons, stating that information in TDA is a good starting point for networking, and the key to successful Networking configuration requires more thought.

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In closing, that completes Impact 2013! We hope you enjoyed the conference (if you attended) and the daily recaps. Make sure to visit the website regularly for new content!

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