Provisioning

The term “Provisioning” typically is used in reference to the supply and manipulation of resources, and can be viewed as the process of providing users with access to the right resources at the right time.

Provisioning can be thought of as a combination of the duties of the business and IT departments in an enterprise, where (1) users are given access to data repositories or granted authorization to  systems, applications and databases based on a unique user identity, and (2) users are allocated appropriate hardware and software resources.

As its most central responsibility, the provisioning process monitors access rights and privileges to ensure the security of an enterprise’s resources and user privacy. As a secondary responsibility, it ensures compliance and minimizes the vulnerability of systems to penetration and abuse. As a tertiary responsibliity, it tries to reduce the amount of custom configuration using boot image control and other methods that radically reduce the number of different configurations involved.

“Provisioning” often appears in the context of virtualization, orchestration and utility computing.

Automate IT resource lifecycle management with an integrated solution using  IBM Tivoli® Provisioning Manager

IBM Tivoli® Provisioning Manager helps organizations optimize efficiency, accuracy and service delivery by automating best practices for data center provisioning activities.

  • Help automate best practices for common data center provisioning activities in support of change and release management processes, helping to optimize efficiency, accuracy and service delivery
  • Discover and track data center resources to enable highly accurate server provisioning and software deployments
  • Create thousand’s of virtual machines simultaneously
  • Facilitate efforts to consistently follow your own policies and preferred configurations, in support of corporate and regulatory compliance efforts
  • Automatically provision software and configurations to Microsoft® Windows® servers and clients, as well as Linux® and UNIX® servers
  • Help optimize availability by maintaining configurations and managing changes to resources
  • Integrate with a variety of technologies, including IBM Tivoli Change and Configuration Management Database (CCMDB), IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS Deployment, IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Images, and IBM Rational® Test Lab Manager
  • Operating systems supported: AIX, Linux, Solaris (Sun microsystems), Windows family

IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager Demo

This demo shows how IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager solutions can help you manage the complete life cycle of your data center and distributed resources from initial provisioning to patching and configuration maintenance to resource re purposing or end of life.

 


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