Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Images delivers unified physical and virtual image management, as an integrated heterogeneous systems management offering.
Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Images allows organizations to improve IT efficiency through unparalleled image management flexibility. It offers an auto-mated software solution for image management that provides the ability to discover, capture, store, edit, maintain and deploy images across physical, virtual, blade and image-based infrastructures. The discovery process enables virtual infrastructure resource mapping and portability between physical hosts and virtual environments in any direction. Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Images' ability to do physical-to-virtual (P2V), virtual-to-virtual (V2V) and virtual-to-physical (V2P) conversions allows physical servers to be easily migrated into and out of virtual infra-structures quickly to achieve the benefits of large-scale server consolidation, rapid provisioning, and workload mobility.
The Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Images offers a holistic solution for image management that is unique in the market. It uses cutting edge techniques to capture and deploy virtual and physical images. For example, before capturing an image it analyzes the file system to store the image in an optimized way to provide defragmented image capture, smaller footprint virtual disks, provides a faster restore and deployment process, and it works on virtual and physical machines. This product also helps to conserve storage space by reducing the number of images needed across your environment. Each file - rather than each image - is stored once and the capture process only sends a delta, which means your organization spends less administrative time creating new images that have only slight variations.
Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Images also offers a universal image and driver injection feature. The software can create a single image, separate the device-specific drivers from that image and inject them at installation, enabling you to install on multiple hardware devices using a single image. You can use a single image for security patches or personnel roles, for instance, making that image available for all hardware installations across your platform or all personnel in the Human Resources department, further conserving storage space and costs.
Flexible provisioning supports your business objectives
Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS deployment utilizes an extensible architecture that can help reduce complexity and that offers a variety of provisioning options, including multicast, unicast and rule-based deployments. Multicasting capabilities enable you to simultaneously deploy across multiple computers using an encrypted multi-cast protocol. For large deployments, multicasting helps optimize bandwidth by sending the same image to all computers.
Ease-of-use features help streamline provisioning and migration
Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS deployment and Tivoli Provisioning Manager for Images come equipped with numerous features that allow for simple, consolidated provisioning across the enterprise. The Web-based console provides user-friendly access to target computers and provisioning material so that you can organize and execute multiple pro-visioning tasks simultaneously.
Help close security loopholes in OS deployment
Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS deployment helps close the gap on common security risks inherent with automated OS deployments. For instance, it enables you to use PXE in a security-rich fashion by providing a specific list of allowed PXE boot servers, removing a discovery loophole that could allow an unauthorized boot server to take over. It also allows users to boot using either WinPE or MCP Linux to do the network-based provisioning, without a prerequisite for DHCP or PXE.
Image management features help drive accuracy and conserve storage spaceProduct Highlights
Tivoli Provisioning Manager for OS deployment simplifies image maintenance and storage issues by separating the base image from related applications and dynamically merging specific applications and required drivers as part of the process. For instance, updating an application with a new version does not require any modification on the base deployment image. Separating applications and settings from the image reduces the number of images stored and allows applications to be added to an image at run-time. Consequently, rule-based changes can be efficiently applied across the organization without any delay.
- Reduce manual labor in your datacenter consolidation efforts through the automation of image migration
- Optimize the use of server assets and reduce energy costs through the ability to convert and deploy images to run anywhere you wish in your optimized environment
- Reduce labor costs by better managing "image sprawl" - discover, capture and store on-line virtual machines and off-line images in a central repository
- Improve you agility and flexibility through snapshot and recovery of servers with complete hardware independence
- Avoid vendor lock-in and by converting any image format to your desired format