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Self Service / Cloud Based Automated Deployment Service for IBM AIX




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Site Ox has developed a new Self Service / Cloud Based automated deployment service for IBM's AIX.  The name of this service is SOVM (Site Ox Virtual Machines).  The SOVM service runs in the cloud and provides clients of this service with the ability to automatically build and deploy new AIX LPARs onto the clients own hardware.  The SOVM service can be customized by the client to fit their individual requirements for LPAR resources such as operating system version, number of CPUs, amount of memory, and amount of SAN storage. 

The Self Service / Cloud Based AIX Automated Deployment Service requires communcation with the clients IBM AIX hardware resources as follows:

 o pSeries Frame(s) designated for use by SOVM
   - pSeries Frame(s) do not need to be dedicated for use by SOVM

 o Dual VIO Servers on each pSeries frame(s) dedicated for use by SOVM

 o NIM Server containing "gold" AIX images to be used for automated deployment
   - Does not need to be dedicated for use by SOVM

 o Hardware Management Console
   - SOVM login with access only to those Frames for use by SOVM

The client may direct it's system administrators or customers to the Self Service interface in the cloud to automatically and dynamically build and deploy new IBM AIX LPAR's as needed and on-demand.

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Each pSeries Frame designated for use by SOVM must be connected to one(1) or two(2) Hardware Management Console (HMC).

There must be an "sovm" user configured on the HMC(s) that has full hmcadministrator rights to those pSeries frames designated for use by SOVM.

The "sovm" user on the HMC will be configured by SiteOx for password-less ssh access from the SOVM system.

Dual VIO servers will be configured on each pSeries frames which have been designated for use by SOVM.

User access for the "padmin" user is required on each VIO server for the purpose of dynamically adding/deleting storage from each LPAR on-demand. If this is not required by the customer, this access is not required.

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The SOVM user interface will provide user security.  The client must have the ability to add, modify, and delete users who will have access to automatically deploy AIX systems.

The SOVM user interface will provide a web based interface which will allow the client to select the LPARs resources such as:

    o Operating System Version
    o Number of CPU's
    o Amount of Memory
    o Amount of Storage

The SOVM user interface will provide the user with the ability to manipulate the LPAR with the following functions:

    o Terminate the LPAR
    o Reboot the LPAR
    o Renew the LPAR

The SOVM user interface will create job files, specific to each type of job needed.  The job file will be named with an enterprise wide unique identifier for each client.

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The SOVM scheduling server will exist at the Site Ox Data Center and will contain the SOVM programs, scripts, and applications.

The SOVM scheduling server will poll the SOVM user interface server(s), if necessary, and download the job files.

The SOVM scheduling server will execute the job processing scripts via a scheduled cron job, and process the job files.

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