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.

IBM, knowing that Power7+ still exists in a TON of Oracle shops, now tries to compete with Oracle Exadata. –

All three branches of IBM Pure Systems

All three branches of IBM Pure Systems

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).

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When I was on site in Rochester, MN at the IBM site; I was shown an very early version of a really cool tool. Flex System Manager Mobile!

Go to IBM’s website and grab it here! –

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

Event Log

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

Inventory Management

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