CTT Big4 News IBM Cloud Recently #IBM008

CTT Big4 News IBM Cloud Recently #IBM008

Hello Friends, welcome to Big4 Recently

AWS, IBM, Google & Azure – the Big4 Cloud Service providers. In this article, we will explore latest IBM Cloud Recently

What’s included in the IBM Cloud Developer Tools CLI version 1.3.0

Crem Open API 2.0 Specifcationsate Applications fro

New in this release we have enhanced the create command to allow creating an application from an Open API 2.0 Specification.  Simply proceed through the use of the create command as normal, but for Java, Node, and Swift runtimes, there is a new starter with the description Create Project or Empty Starter.  Using this starter will then provide a prompt where you can enter the location of the Open API 2.0 document as either a file or a URL

For example:  https://github.com/OAI/OpenAPI-Specification/blob/master/examples/v2.0/json/petstore.json

Deploy Applications to IBM Cloud Private

This release provides support to seamlessly use the helm client provided by IBM Cloud Private to deploy using the deploycommand to that environment.  To setup your client for this deployment, there are two new prerequisites:

  1. You must use a specific helm release as described here.
  2. You must also use the bx prplug-in to add a certificate for use by helm as detailed here.  Instructions for installing the prplug-in are here.

With those prerequisites completed, deploying to your IBM Cloud Private is completed as with prior releases with bx dev deploy -t container from your application directory.  The deploy command will prompt you for a deployment image name for the application.  This is <your-ICP-host-and-port>/<your-ICP-namespace>/<the-app-name>.  For example:  mycluster.icp:8500/default/someAppName

Kubernetes Dashboard access in the IBM Cloud Containers Console

New Feature: Kubernetes Dashboard Access

You can now access your Kubernetes Dashboard directly through the console for IBM Cloud Container Service. With the click of a button, you can access and manage all of your cluster resources!!

About the Kubernetes Dashboard

The Kubernetes Dashboard, developed as part of the broader open source project under the CNCF, provides an intuitive and feature-rich web UI.  From the dashboard, users can:

  • Manage existing cluster resources
  • Monitor pod CPU and memory utilization collected by heapster
  • Configure an Ingress to publicly expose their running applications
  • Provision new deployments from JSON or YAML manifests

Previously, users had to follow a manual process that included obtaining a cluster config file, targeting their cluster with the Kubernetes CLI, starting a proxy, and copying a token to login. Additionally, only those with an Administrator access policy were able to access the dashboard. No longer!  All authorized users can now access the Kubernetes Dashboard for their cluster directly through the IBM Cloud Container Service console.

  IBM Cloud Support: An integrated client experience

 As part of the next phase of our cloud journey, we’re very pleased to announce the launch of our converged IBM Cloud Support offerings. There is a tremendous amount of excitement around IBM Cloud, especially with the integration of infrastructure services (previously available as SoftLayer) and platform  services (previously available as Bluemix) under one brand — IBM Cloud. The changes are a part of  ongoing journey to improve the IBM Cloud customer support experience.

 What’s New?

An integrated support process to cover your IBM Cloud services. Whether you are deploying virtual servers using the infrastructure services, or starting your data integration project using the platform services, or preparing to build cogntive apps using the Watson services — your IBM Cloud service is backed by an integrated support process.


  • An integrated set of IBM Cloud tiered support offerings that covers infrastructure, platform and Watson services on IBM Cloud.
  • All clients with IBM Cloud entitlements are entitled to Basic Support and can now interact with our technical support teams 24×7 via chat, phone and ticketing.
  • Clients with our top support tier now have access to limited Q&A with technical experts on topics of specific interest. In addition, they will also receive invitations to IBM Cloud Insights – a group discussion series where IBM subject matter experts (SMEs) and thought leaders share strategy, ideas, and/or best practices for IBM Cloud.

 Flexibility. Simplicity. Integrated experience.

Whether you’re an existing client with standalone entitlement to IaaS, PaaS or Watson services, or a new client with an IBM Cloud paid accounts, you get an integrated client support experience through IBM Cloud Support. You can find additional details on our offerings here ibm.biz/ibmcloudsupport-docs.

IBM Now Offers SAP on IBM Cloud in Partner-Managed Business Model

New Revenue Opportunities for Systems Integrators, Managed Service Providers and Independent Software Vendors

 Why run SAP on IBM Cloud?  

Building on a 46-year alliance with SAP, the IBM Cloud platform has been certified by SAP for its bare metal servers, local and shared storage and networking. This certification allows our Business Partners to run their client’s full production SAP applications and associated workloads on the IBM Cloud and manage it.

 Streaming Analytics: New features and new price plans

The Streaming Analytics service in the IBM Cloud is an advanced analytic platform allowing user-developed applications to quickly ingest, analyze, and correlate information as it arrives from a wide variety of real-time data sources. A new version of the service is generally available, providing a set of exciting new features and new set of price plans.

The new version of the service runs on a Kubernetes container-based infrastructure, and provides several new functional enhancements. The new price plans give you access to this enhanced version. (The general availability of the new version ends the beta that was launched on 2/15/2018).

 New Features

The following new features are now generally available:

  • Streaming Analytics running on a container-based infrastructure– Containers provide security and availability advantages to Streaming Analytics, and they enable Streams compute resources to be dynamically allocated/returned as-needed when running your Streams applications.
  • Guaranteed tuple processing– The IBM Streams concept of consistent regions is now supported in the IBM Cloud. All instances created under the new price plans have a checkpointing repository pre-configured to support consistent regions. To learn how to exploit consistent regions in your Streams apps, see this introduction to consistent regions.
  • OS upgrade– Streams instances created through the new price plans will run in CentOS 7.4 environments.
  • Identity & Access Management– Instances created under the new price plans use IBM Cloud Identity & Access Management (IAM) to the Streaming Analytics service, enabling you to securely authenticate users and control access to all cloud resources consistently throughout IBM Cloud.
  • Enhanced Streaming Analytics REST API– Instances created with the new price plans use version 2 of the Streaming Analytics REST API, following the structure and conventions consistent other IBM Cloud APIs.
  • Problem determination enhancements in the Streams Console– See Nancy Weir’s post on Streamsdev for a detailed description of these enhancements.
  • Enhanced performance monitoring from the Streams Console– See Oriana Zambrano Azuaje’s post on Streamsdev for more information about these new capabilities.
  • Integration with Activity Tracker– Streaming Analytics is now integrated with the Activity Tracker service which records user-initiated activities that change the state of a service in the IBM Cloud. Activity tracker can be used to review and visualize what operations have been performed on your services, and to comply with regulatory audit requirements.
  • Improved application resiliency– In the past, Streams app recovery was only supported in instances with two or more application resources. Now, apps running in instances created under a new price plan will be able recover from resource failures even in the case of an instance using a single application resource.

New Price Plans

Seven new price plans have been added. We call these the V2 price plans because instances created with them only support the V2 Streaming Analytics REST API. But they are also distinguished by the set of new features listed in the previous section, i.e. they are container-based, they run in CentOS 7.4, they use IAM, etc. The seven new plans break down as follows:

  • A Lite plan that provides a single, 1-core container.
  • Two Entry plans that use 1-core containers with hourly or monthly billing
  • Two Enhanced plans that use 4-core containers with hourly or monthly billing
  • Two Premium plans that use 16-core containers with hourly or monthly billing

The existing, VM-based price plans are still supported, but as described above, the features and characteristics of the V2 price plans are significantly different than the existing V1 price plans.

Go Lite with Watson Knowledge Studio

Watson Knowledge Studio (WKS) is now available with a Lite Plan, as part of IBM Cloud’s Lite Accounts that never expire and don’t need payment information. If you are involved with analyzing text data and have never used WKS or if you had signed up to use the Free Plan of WKS on IBM Cloud, you should read this!

Watson Knowledge Studio was launched a few months ago on IBM Cloud as a powerful application that allows users to teach Watson how to interpret specific terms in unstructured text. With a no-code approach, experts in a domain (such as life insurance or infectious diseases) can use examples to teach Watson about specific terms that are common vernacular in that domain. Experts can train Watson in a collaborative environment that combines individual expertise into a trained machine learning model. WKS models can then be deployed into the text analytics pipelines of Watson Discovery, Watson Natural Language Understanding or Watson Explorer to customize text extraction.

 Highlights: Watson Knowledge Studio Lite Plan

  • The new WKS Lite Plan replaces the WKS Free Plan and will continue to offer free forever access to WKS.
  • All WKS Free Plan users will be converted automatically to the WKS Lite Plan – no action required on your part.
  • All IBM Cloud Lite account users can now find and access WKS in their IBM Cloud catalog (previously the WKS Free plan was available only to IBM Trial and Paid account users).
  • WKS Lite Plan users can seamlessly upgrade to a Paid plan without needing to manually migrate their data.

With an IBM Cloud Lite account, you can now easily execute a full use case to build a WKS model and deploy it in Watson Discovery or Watson Natural Language Understanding, without paying a penny.

In-depth Kubernetes Insights with New Relic on IBM Cloud Container Service

At the IBM Cloud Container Service, we were excited about the partnership announcement  between IBM Cloud and New Relic.  In addition to having another large customer in the platform, we are anxious to test out the New Relic technology and make these capabilities available to users of our container service.

IBM Cloud Container Service is a managed Kubernetes service providing an intuitive user experience with on-going cluster management. Built-in security and isolation to enable rapid delivery of apps, while leveraging IBM Cloud Services including Weather data, IoT, Analytics, or AI capabilities with Watson. Available in six IBM regions WW, including 20+ datacenters.

If you do not have a cluster yet, follow the instructions here to deploy a cluster in any of our supported datacenters.

New Relic’s Kubernetes integration  is now publicly available.  The process for installing and getting operational was extremely easy.  While you wait for access to the Kubernetes beta, there are already a number of generally available toolsets from New Relic – APM, Browser, Mobile, Infrastructure, Insights, and Synthetics.  Learn more at New Relic’s site.


Back to my Kubernetes integration testing.  My cluster immediately began populating the New Relic dashboard providing a centralized view to a wealth of information.

Let’s Dig In!

The out of the box dashboards and queries provide a plethora of useful data for my Kubernetes cluster running in IBM Cloud Container Service.  Let’s start with the ‘Node Resource Consumption’ chart.

I have a quick view to each of the worker nodes within this cluster and the CPU and RAM usage for each.  Not what you are looking for?  No problem, New Relic has provided the default query and allows you to modify by selecting ‘View query’.  Now I can change any parameters that I wish and simply re-run the query, which creates a new table with the output.  I am not a DBA and that was simple and intuitive!

The other set of charts that are extremely helpful are for the individual containers and their resource utilization.  Which deployment is consuming 65% of my node?  What is the resource limit that is set on that deployment?  Now I can dig into those deployments and understand which containers are consuming my cluster resources, is there a runaway process, should I set a limit on that process?  The ‘Container CPU Usage – % Used vs Limit’ chart provides the insights to understand and make those decisions.  Again, all out of the box and easily modifiable from within the New Relic console.

Ready to get started?

You can create a New Relic trial account and deploy to IBM Cloud Container Service.

If you have questions, engage our team via Slack.  You can register here (https://bxcs-slack-invite.mybluemix.net) and join the discussion in the #questions channel on https://ibm-container-service.slack.com.

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Author: Debashree

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