Sounds like IBM is eager to catch up to all of the other cloud providers in the market. This is a pretty quick release to follow up to the May 2013 RTM.
Following on from the release of SmartCloud Orchestrator v2.2 in May 2013, development are happy to announce the general availability of SCO 2.2 Functional Fix Pack 1.
Please navigate to Fix Central to download the Fix Pack (2.2.0-CSI-ISCO-FP0001).
As well as APAR fixes and general improvements in performance and security, the enhancements included in the Fix Pack include:
Public Cloud Gateway: support is now available to manage non-IBM Supplied OpenStack
This enables you to manage from SCO any existing customer deployed OpenStack installations that use the open source or a third party version of OpenStack software.
Supporting OpenStack to use external LDAP authentication
Support for enabling enterprise customer to leverage the existing users directory service and give access to SCO self service and administration UI complying to the internal authentication and security standards.
Supporting disk add-on when deploying virtual patterns
The pattern definition can be configured for the VM deployed additional storage volumes. This is a critical enhancement for supporting patterns that include database middleware that requires additional storage resources for storing data.
Ability to change virtual machine resources (flavor) of a virtual system instance
Additional capacity (cpu memory and disk) can be added or removed to/from already deployed VMs to address changes in the workload requirements.
Further expanding the IBM Flex System line (name appropriate), IBM now offers the PureApplication W1700 based on the PureSystems p460+ double-width blade. The PureApplication+PureData position I assume will be begin attacking the Oracle Exadata marketshare.
Utilizing PowerVM, logical partitions (LPARS) can be created on the PureApplication server to support the Data Warehousing application stack (formally Netezza).
Using the IBM Flex System Manager for Android, BlackBerry and iOS
The IBM Flex System Manager mobile access application is a simple, free tool for a mobile device with a Google Android™, RIM BlackBerry® or Apple® iOS operating system, which enables you to monitor your IBM Flex System™ and PureFlex System hardware remotely through the Flex System Manager.
This application gives you access to the following types of system information.
Health and Status
Monitor health problems and check the status of managed resources
View the event history for chassis, compute nodes, and network devices
Chassis Map (hardware view)
Check the front and rear graphical hardware views for a chassis
Chassis List (components view)
View a list of the hardware components installed in a chassis
See the Vital Product Data (VPD) for a managed resource (for example, serial number or IP address
Multiple Chassis Management
Manage multiple chassis and multiple management nodes from a single application with the IBM Flex System Manager
Authentication and Security
Manage connections across secure and persistent protocols such as SSL and secure persistent credentials on your mobile device