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Build a simple word game app using Cloudant on Bluemix
IBM Bluemix is a new open platform for developing and deploying web and mobile applications. In this article, I'll walk you through the steps to create a simple Guess-the-Word game application using Bluemix and its cloud-based development environment: DevOps Services. You will start from scratch and end up with a simple game you can play in a web browser with server code running in the cloud.
Articles 11 Jul 2014
Build an app to read sensor data and predict failure using Informix TimeSeries service
Preventing problems costs less than reacting to them. Prevention implies some knowledge of where things are going, and predicting where things will be in the future requires some knowledge of where things have been in the past. This is where IBM Informix TimeSeries comes into play. Not only does it provide a means of recording what has happened, it is easy to use to predict what might happen. In an internet-of-things context, any sensor can record its information into a time series data set. This demonstration is a simple simulation of a refrigerator, cloud-based storage and analytics, and monitoring software to alert the user if the device is approaching unsafe temperature limits.
Articles 10 Jul 2014
Use packer.io with SoftLayer to create golden images
Packer is a tool for building identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration. This article describes how to use it to create your own golden images.
Articles 10 Jul 2014
Using fog-softlayer for anaginmg servers
Get started with fog, covering several examples of using fog-softlayer to manage servers using both VMs and bare metal cloud instances.
Articles 10 Jul 2014
Fog gem support for SoftLayer
Things just got easier for developers working with the SoftLayer API. Support for SoftLayer is introduced with the release of fog-softlayer, which is a provider gem for fog, the Ruby cloud services library.
Articles 10 Jul 2014
Getting started with Gateway Appliances (Vyatta)
The SoftLayer_Network_Gateway and SoftLayer_Network_Gateway_Vlan services allow for interaction with a specific gateway and VLAN. Learn how you can interact with all gateways and VLANs on your account through the SoftLayer_Account service.
Articles 10 Jul 2014
Configuration Finder: Simplify your server search
The beauty of SoftLayer is the richness of its catalog, but sometimes the exact combination you want is not available. This simple utility is an example of how you can work with SoftLayer ordering packages to find the nearest matches and returns a list of possible options.
Articles 10 Jul 2014
Deploying Drupal on SoftLayer with Chef, Part 3
In the previous installments, you got an overview of the Chef automation framework and learned how to perform a manual installation of Drupal using the Knife command. In this last installment, see how to automate the deployment process from the VM to node configuration using Chef.
Articles 10 Jul 2014
Create a business intelligence and analytics service in Ruby with Analytics Warehouse on IBM Bluemix
The Analytics Warehouse Service available in IBM Bluemix provides a powerful, easy-to-use, and agile platform for business intelligence and analytics. It is an enterprise-class managed service that is powered by the in-memory optimized, column-organized BLU Acceleration data warehouse technology. This article demonstrates how easy it is to incorporate the Analytics Warehouse service into your application so that you can focus on your application.
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Articles 10 Jul 2014
Build a hotel booking application using the Rules service in Bluemix
The Rules service hosted in Bluemix and powered by Operational Decision Manager allows you to define, deploy, and maintain business rules and policies separately from your application code. To demonstrate the benefits of decoupling the lifecycle of the calling application from the business logic (rules) running in a cloud service, we build a simple hotel booking application in a Node.js runtime bound to a Rules service that calculates the booking rates. This article will show you how to deploy and execute business rules in the cloud environment. You will then be able to extend this application with more complex rules or build your own application very easily.
Articles 08 Jul 2014
Hadoop in cloud deployments
Hadoop and the cloud seem to be ideal companions. They both contain flexible and distributed processing and storage, and they are married with a flexible instance system. They also enable you to grow and shrink your Hadoop cluster with your data and processing requirements. But this raises a variety of different management and scheduling issues. This article looks at all of these issues and more, as it describes the challenges and advantages of a cloud-based Hadoop deployment.
Articles 03 Jul 2014
Build a time-control app using iBeacons and the IBM MobileData service
IBM Bluemix includes a robust set of SDKs to interact with mobile devices and cloud services. This article shows how to create a simple application using the Android Estimote SDK for iBeacons using Cloudant on IBM Bluemix. It starts with an overview of the basic features provided by the Estimote Android SDK, describes the integration of a simple Android application with the MobileData cloud service, and shows how easy it is to integrate applications using the new Beacon technology with the cloud services provided by Bluemix.
Articles 03 Jul 2014
Create a natural language question answering system with IBM Watson on Bluemix
IBM Watson represents a first step into cognitive systems, a new era of computing. Watson inspires many developers to dream up new and inventive ideas for applications that use cognitive elements to deliver a better and more personalized experience to the user. In this article, we will use Watson Question and Answer (Q&A) technology and the Q&A API exposed by Watson to build a simple demo application, Watson Films.
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Articles 02 Jul 2014
Use the Twilio cloud service to add text messaging to Android and iOS apps
Build a mobile application using the Twilio service hosted on the IBM cloud. This multi-part series will gradually build, with each part introducing you to new services. This article includes a demo, sample code, and complete instructions for creating the BlueList Android or iOS application. You can apply what you've learned to integrate MobileData and Twilio into your own applications.
Articles 02 Jul 2014
Automate Famo.us mobile apps with Cloudant on Bluemix
Learn how to reuse Famo.us application templates (widgets) to build your mobile applications quickly. In a few lines of code, you'll create an app in which users can select articles or videos from a thumb-scrollable list; then you'll deploy the app to IBM Bluemix. And you'll see how to automate customization of the app (its appearance and contents) from a replicated JSON document that is stored in Cloudant.
Articles 01 Jul 2014
Develop a public transportation system simulator with Node.js and BLU Acceleration on IBM Bluemix
This article shows you how to develop a simulator of public transportation system using cloud services such as IBM DevOps Services, IBM Bluemix, and BLU acceleration. Developers with intermediate knowledge of JavaScript and those who want to get started with cloud services can learn how to develop a simple but useful application for data analysis and streams.
Articles 01 Jul 2014
Aprenda IBM Bluemix con una simple aplicación de descarga de archivo Node.js
Escriba, despliegue, corra y administre una simple aplicación de descarga de archivo Node.js en Codename: BlueMix.
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Improve scalability with the SessionCache service
Explore building applications in Bluemix and using the SessionCache service. You can use SessionCache service for clustering and load balancing to help with scalability and performance improvement.
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Articles 30 Jun 2014
Implement basic cloud management tasks using IBM SoftLayer APIs
Learn how to implement basic cloud management tasks by means of SoftLayer APIs. A range of API code samples are offered using PHP, Python, and Ruby programming languages.
Articles 30 Jun 2014
Do it yourself: Build a remote surveillance app using Bluemix, Cloudant, and Raspberry Pi
To build a simple surveillance system, create an IBM Bluemix app to send pictures taken by the camera module of a Raspberry Pi device to Cloudant and how to use Node.js to display them on a web page.
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Articles 30 Jun 2014
Bluemix brings PaaS to the party
In early 2014, IBM announced IBM Bluemix, an open standards-based Platform as a Service (PaaS) environment for building, running, and managing web and mobile applications in the cloud. Explore the resulting projects that developers built using Bluemix and start your exploration of the Bluemix technology to learn how it gives you instant resources for developing with your favorite programming languages and runtimes.
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Articles 30 Jun 2014
Manage non-functional requirements for cloud applications
Learn architectural design patterns for managing non-functional requirements (NFRs) that are specific to Platform as a Service (PaaS) environments. And take a technical tour of IBM Bluemix, the IBM PaaS cloud operating environment, to see how Bluemix supports the design and creation of reliable, highly available, and scalable applications.
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Articles 30 Jun 2014
Learn IBM Bluemix with a simple Node.js file-upload application
Write, deploy, run, and manage a simple Node.js file-upload application in Codename: BlueMix.
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Articles 30 Jun 2014
Jump-start your hackathon efforts with DevOps Services and Bluemix
A hackathon is typically a brief, intense period of collaborative development generally around a particular cause or topic. The idea is to get something done quickly and, of course, for the thing you to do totally rock the judges. Given the short time period, it can be challenging to build in some basic features like Facebook authentication or sending emails or texts while still making significant progress on your main goal. The Hackathon Starter Project by Sahat Yalkabov, et. al., hosted at GitHub, provides a great collection of capabilities to use as the base for your hackathon efforts. IBM's DevOps Services provides a collaborative on-the-web development environment and continuous delivery pipeline while IBM Bluemix provides the cloud hosting you need to run it, making this a perfect pair for hackathon success. I explain how to stand up your own copy of Hackathon Starter from a fresh version of the source using DevOps Services and automatically deploy it after every change to the Bluemix PaaS.
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Articles 29 Jun 2014
Use the IBM Bluemix DataCache service in a Node.js app
This article explains how to use the IBM Bluemix DataCache service in a Node.js application. It also provides a client library that you can extend and use in other Node.js applications hosted on Bluemix.
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Articles 29 Jun 2014
Use a custom Go buildpack with IBM Bluemix
This article demonstrates the ability of IBM Bluemix to host applications written in the Go language, which Bluemix doesn't support by default. The author shows how to develop a web application that performs simple math calculations and deploy it to Bluemix using a custom buildpack.
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Articles 29 Jun 2014
What is IBM Bluemix?
IBM Bluemix is the newest cloud offering from IBM. Bluemix is a platform as a service (PaaS) offering based on the Cloud Foundry open source project that delivers enterprise-level features and services that are easy to integrate into cloud applications. This document provides a high-level overview of Bluemix and Cloud Foundry and the differences between the two. It also lists the Bluemix services that were available in the open beta.
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Articles 29 Jun 2014
Integrate your applications using IBM MQ Light for Bluemix
Build web or mobile applications using MQ Light, a new message service based on IBM Bluemix. You can use MQ Light as a queuing service to send single messages to individual recipients by way of queues, or as a publish/subscribe broker to send notifications to multiple recipients.
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Articles 29 Jun 2014
Path to designing a cloud-based, always-on system
A case study in the financial services industry demonstrates the IBM cloud-enabled data center approach to designing highly resilient systems. Intended for senior-level architects with cloud computing backgrounds, the article outlines a methodical approach to providing continuously available digital-channel services.
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Articles 29 Jun 2014
Explore the eXtreme Scale-based caching service options in IBM PureApplication System
Caching services are a popular solution to address performance and scalability issues for cloud enterprise applications. Explore three caching options available with the IBM PureApplication System cloud system: One built-in, one based on WebSphere eXtreme Scale that uses a virtual system pattern on a cluster, and one based on eXtreme Scale that uses a VSP with a core OS image.
Articles 28 Jun 2014
Build a portable Java travel app that integrates web services
Learn how to develop and deploy a Java PaaS web app on the cloud.
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Articles 27 Jun 2014
Extend an Android app using the IBM Mobile Cloud service to integrate with Worklight
This article shows you how to integrate an Android application with IBM Worklight, building on the previous articles, "Build an Android app using the "MobileData cloud service" and "Extend an Android app using the Push cloud service." The Android application we'll demonstrate is a simple mobile application, called BlueList, that uses various mobile services. The previous articles demonstrate a grocery list that is not scoped to a particular user. All users who are running the application share the same grocery list. In this article, we'll add Worklight integration to personalize the application to the authenticated user.
Articles 27 Jun 2014
Create a secure WordPress blog using SoftLayer
This article guides you through setting up a safe and secure WordPress blog on your own IBM SoftLayer virtual server using the LAMP (Linux Apache MariaDB PHP) stack. It also covers how to set up a simple email service and install a Memcached database for faster PHP sessions.
Articles 27 Jun 2014
Build a mobile app that isn't perfect
Despite best efforts, it's nearly impossible to develop perfect code for mobile apps, the first time around. Even in nearly-perfect applications, users expect functions that aren't there, they discover performance glitches, or notice security vulnerabilities. In this sample scenario, learn how to find imperfections in mobile apps using IBM Mobile Quality Assurance.
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Articles 27 Jun 2014
Extend an iOS app using the MobileData cloud service to integrate with Worklight
This article shows you how to integrate Worklight with an existing mobile application, called BlueList, that uses various mobile services. All users who are running the BlueList application share the same grocery list; the application is not scoped to a particular user. In this article, we'll add Worklight integration to personalize the application to the authenticated user.
Articles 27 Jun 2014
Animate images in a Node.js web app
Learn how to use the IBM Bluemix Node.js boilerplate with Dojo technology to animate a sequence of graphics in a web page by rotating them. You'll customize the boilerplate code on IBM DevOps Services and deploy the modified app to Bluemix from there.
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Articles 27 Jun 2014
Build a mobile phone book for your Salesforce contacts
Create an authenticated application on Salesforce.com and, using DevOps Services (JazzHub) and IBM Bluemix, develop and host a Node.js application to expose calls to the Salesforce API as a simple REST service. Then, using this service, develop a contact application for the desktop and port it to your mobile platform to use as personal phone book.
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Articles 27 Jun 2014
Build a real-time marketing application with Node.js and IBM Mobile Web Push
Get familiar with Node.js and the IBM Mobile Web Push APIs, so you can be ready to implement some real-world use cases for this technology.
Articles 27 Jun 2014
Build a custom YouTube playlist player
The embeddable YouTube playlist player doesn't have all the features of the native player. In this article, Joseph McCarthy shows how to use the YouTube API, jQuery, JsRender, and Bootstrap to create a more fully functional embedded player for YouTube playlists.
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Articles 27 Jun 2014
Build highly scalable applications with Node.js and Redis
One of the most compelling reasons to use IBM Bluemix to run your application is its ability to quickly and easily scale your application. With traditional IaaS offerings, scaling your application would require purchasing additional virtual images, configuring those images, deploying your application, and configuring some type of load balancer to distribute the load across the new images. With Bluemix and its catalog packed with services, all this can be accomplished with a single click of a button.
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Articles 27 Jun 2014
Build a data mining app using Java, Weka, and the Analytics Warehouse service
The Analytics Warehouse (formerly BLU Acceleration) service provides data warehousing and analytics as a service on IBM Bluemix. Developers can develop and deploy a heavy-duty analytic application using blazing-fast IBM BLU database technology offered in the cloud. Learn how to develop a data mining application using the Weka statistical analysis tool and leveraging the IBM BLU columnar database.
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Articles 27 Jun 2014
Build a reactive sales chart app with Meteor
Create and deploy your own single-page, interactive Meteor application in the cloud updated in real time with nothing more than your browser. Write your code on IBM DevOps Services, use the IBM Bluemix MongoDB service for server-side storage, and deploy the app to Bluemix.
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Articles 27 Jun 2014
Develop apps in the cloud with DevOps Services
This article describes how to get started using DevOps Services (JazzHub) to collaborate with others to plan, track, develop, and deploy software in the cloud. Using a sample application, learn how to develop on DevOps Services and deploy on IBM Bluemix.
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Articles 27 Jun 2014
An introduction to the application lifecycle on IBM Bluemix
In this video, Jay Allen walks through a five-minute demo to show you what you need to do (and what you don't have to do!) to deploy, run, and delete an application on Bluemix.
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Articles 27 Jun 2014
Build an iOS app using the MobileData cloud service
Build an iOS application using the MobileData service available on IBM Bluemix. This multi-part series will gradually build, with each part introducing you to new services. This article includes a demo, sample code, and complete instructions for creating the BlueList iOS application. You can apply what you've learned to integrate MobileData, CloudCode, and Push services into your own applications.
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Articles 27 Jun 2014
Build a simple notification service with Node.js and MongoDB
Need to corral a large, disparate set of tools across development groups? Try using a notification service to create, signal, and subscribe to events. It's not hard. I'll walk you through it.
Articles 27 Jun 2014
Build an Android app using the MobileData cloud service
Build an Android application using the MobileData service on IBM Bluemix. This multi-part series will gradually build, with each part introducing you to new services. This article includes a demo, sample code, and complete instructions for creating the BlueList Android application. You can apply what you've learned to integrate MobileData, Push, and Node.js Cloud services into your own applications.
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Articles 27 Jun 2014
Build a real-time polls application with Node.js, Express, AngularJS, and MongoDB
Build a polling application that updates in real-time as votes roll in. The app I created has a simple architecture that uses JavaScript for everything. Node.js and Express power the back-end, and MongoDB stores the app's data. At the front-end, AngularJS and Bootstrap power the user interface, with Web Sockets enabling the voting to update clients in real-time.
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Articles 27 Jun 2014
Extend an Android app using the Push cloud service
Build an Android application using the Push and Node.js services available on IBM Bluemix. This multi-part series will gradually build, with each part introducing you to new services. This article includes sample code and complete instructions for creating the BlueList Android application. You can apply what you've learned to integrate MobileData, Node.js, and Push services into your own applications.
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Articles 26 Jun 2014
Create back-end cloud services on IBM Bluemix to build mobile and web apps quickly
This article shows you how to create and deploy back-end cloud services (using Node.js and Cloudant) on IBM Bluemix to help you build mobile or web applications quickly.
Articles 26 Jun 2014
Build applications with the IBM DataCache service
Improve the performance of an application built on the IBM Bluemix environment by using the IBM DataCache service.
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Articles 26 Jun 2014
Build and deploy a REST API on IBM Bluemix with PHP and MySQL
REST APIs are increasingly popular for library-agnostic data access and manipulation because they're easy to understand, can be coded quickly, and are usable across all programming languages via built-in HTTP support. This article shows you how to build and instantly deploy a REST API on IBM Bluemix with PHP and MySQL. It implements the API using the Bullet micro-framework and Eloquent ORM, together with the PHP Cloud Foundry build pack and a bound MySQL service instance.
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Articles 26 Jun 2014
Build a simple photo location application with Pitney Bowes location services
Use the Pitney Bowes location services APIs on IBM Bluemix to build an application that combines an address's latitude and longitude with a media search in Instagram.
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Articles 26 Jun 2014
Use Software Defined Networking to optimize your IaaS
Explore Software Defined Networking (SDN) network management via software abstraction layers as a method to enhance and optimize your Infrastructure as a Service in the areas of interoperability, user and provider expectation management, developer and administrator requirements, and effective risk mitigation.
Articles 24 Jun 2014
Build and deploy a mobile-friendly calorie counter on IBM Bluemix with PHP, MySQL, AngularJS, and the Nutritionix API
Mobile web applications are increasingly popular because they use well-known web technologies and work consistently across different devices. This article shows you to build and instantly deploy a mobile-friendly calorie counter application on IBM Bluemix with PHP, MySQL, and AngularJS. It uses the Slim PHP micro-framework to communicate with the Nutritionix API for information retrieval and jQuery Mobile for the user interface, together with the PHP CloudFoundry build pack and bound MySQL and SendGrid service instances.
Articles 24 Jun 2014
Use SLDT to transfer data to SoftLayer object storage
SoftLayer provides an object storage service that is based on OpenStack Swift. You can transfer files to and from the object store by using the SoftLayer APIs and a command-line tool like cURL, but that can be tedious for large files. This article describes how to use a simple Java tool, SLDT, to handle authentication, object segmenting, and data transfer to and from the SoftLayer object store.
Articles 24 Jun 2014
Automate application-specific storage provisioning with Rational extensions
Learn how to model and automate the additional storage needs of an application using IBM Deployment Planning and Automation for the Cloud 2.1.0. This freely downloadable accelerator installs on top of and integrates capabilities in IBM Rational Software Architect, IBM Rational Automation Framework, and IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager. In this article, you can discover how to use this tool to specify custom storage requirements for application components in virtual images through a deployment topology model and use the information to generate deployment automation artifacts that provision the storage elements and attach them to virtual machines in the cloud.
Articles 24 Jun 2014
Use placement approaches to deliver HA and performance on VMware
High availability (HA) is an important feature that enables an enterprise to run business-critical applications without any unplanned downtime. There are many solutions to provide HA in the physical server environment, but with the pervasive introduction of cloud and other virtualized systems, businesses need methods to ensure HA for virtualized environments. The author details several methods to deliver HA for clouds, including anti-colocating a pair of servers over a hypervisor (to enable HA) and colocating the servers (to boost performance of the application that uses the resources on both servers).
Articles 17 Jun 2014
Send a Push notification from a mobile app in 5 minutes or less
IBM Bluemix includes a robust set of SDKs to interact between mobile devices and cloud services. One of these SDKs is a JavaScript node packaged module that enables developers to send Push notifications from a web or hybrid application. This article provides steps to get up and running with the JavaScript APIs for your new or existing hybrid mobile application.
Articles 16 Jun 2014
Explore the OpenStack REST APIs for PowerVC
IBM Power Virtualization Center Express Edition (PowerVC) is an IaaS cloud solution designed to make it easier to build and manage virtual resources in a Power Systems Software Defined Environment or a cloud infrastructure. It is primarily based on OpenStack and includes OpenStack industry-standard application programming interfaces. Learn about the APIs for each OpenStack component and the tasks they will help you complete.
Articles 13 Jun 2014
Create IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator-compatible images for Power Systems
Creating images you can deploy through IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator requires some knowledge of the operating system, of the hypervisor on which the images are going to be deployed, and of the corresponding hypervisor manager. Learn how to easily and smoothly prepare a SmartCloud Orchestrator-compatible image for Power Systems.
Articles 10 Jun 2014
Create IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator-compatible images for Windows
Creating images you can deploy through IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator requires knowledge of the operating system, the hypervisor on which the images are going to be deployed, and the corresponding hypervisor manager. Learn how to easily and smoothly prepare a SmartCloud Orchestrator-compatible image for Windows.
Articles 10 Jun 2014
Make PaaS your vulnerability testing ground
Evaluate, integrate, and define various security testing concepts in differing scenarios. Explore a sample user PaaS testing environment structure as a basis for a security testing model.
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Articles 03 Jun 2014
Adoption Scenarios for IBM PureApplication System
Download this comprehensive role- and task-based guidebook designed to help all users and organizations be successful with IBM PureApplication System. Organized by goal-defining stories, use cases, and tasks, the information you need to predictably and reliably achieve your objectives with PureApplication System can be found with one starting point.
Articles 29 May 2014
Managing SoftLayer object storage through REST APIs
With SoftLayer object storage you can archive, manage, and serve large amounts of unstructured data with ease and cost-effectiveness. You can use different clients like PHP or Python for managing your object storage account. However, this blog will show how to manage your SoftLayer object storage directly through REST APIs.
Articles 13 May 2014
Introduction: Deploying Drupal on SoftLayer with Chef, Part 2
The first installment gave an overview of the Chef automation, framework, and terminology and introduced Drupal. Now, let’s install and configure our Chef server, workstation, and client node.
Articles 13 May 2014
Getting Started with SoftLayer Local Load Balancers
SoftLayer load balancing enables you to employ a variety of balancing methods to distribute traffic, including persistent and non-persistent options that can be changed, activated, and deactivated at any time. In this blog, we will discuss how to use the SoftLayer API to provision, configure, and manage local load balancers.
Articles 13 May 2014
Ordering RAID Through API
SoftLayer has a beautiful RAID configurator to order a server on the website. But sometimes you want to script this process, and the SoftLayer mantra of "Anything you can do in the Web interface, you can do on the API" also rings true in this case.
Articles 13 May 2014
Introduction to Java multitenancy
The IBM Multitenant JVM recently became available as part of the Java 7 R1 as a tech preview. By running multiple applications within a single multitenant JVM, a cloud system can speed applications' start times and reduce their memory footprint. This article introduces the technology behind multitenant cloud JVM and discusses the main costs and benefits.
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Articles 12 May 2014
Solution Brief: Safeguarding the Cloud with IBM Security Solutions
IBM Security solutions provide layered protection and deep insight across cloud environments. Read the solution brief to learn about: Issues in cloud security, solutions to implement cloud security, and cloud security intelligence.
Articles 06 May 2014
Whitepaper: IBM Cloud Security
This whitepaper discusses how with an IBM suite of intelligence solutions, cloud computing can be both attractive and secure. Learn about: The intelligence capabilities necessary for gaining visibility into, and control over, cloud security, advanced security intelligence solutions that can close security gaps, and the integrated IBM Security QRadar suite.
Articles 06 May 2014
Do more with less: SoftLayer knife for Chef
Knife-softlayer is a Ruby gem plugin for the knife utility used with Chef. It allows users to launch a SoftLayer virtual server and bootstrap it in a single command. If you're new to Chef, this guide can get you started.
Articles 15 Apr 2014
Introduction: Deploying Drupal on SoftLayer with Chef, Part 1
This is the first article in a three-part series showing how to use the Chef IT automation framework to automate the installation and configuration of Drupal on the SoftLayer infrastructure. While this series focuses on Drupal, this same process and methodology could be used to install any application.
Articles 10 Apr 2014
IBM PureApplication System backup and restore, Part 3: Workload backup
IBM PureApplication System is a cloud computing system-in-a-box with integrated hardware and software for deploying and executing workloads in a cloud. As with other systems, administrators should maintain a current set of backups of the system and its workloads. While the system backup feature in PureApplication System captures the system’s configuration, other backup techniques are needed if you need to recreate or restore cloud, workload, or data components at a more granular level. This article explains how to backup workload components, and also how to add configuration to patterns so that their pattern instances will backup their application data.
Articles 09 Apr 2014
Real world, real urgency: How IBM Worklight, MQ and WebSphere Message Broker deliver near real-time 911 call data to emergency responders
In an emergency, seconds count. Providing information to emergency responders even before they’re dispatched to the scene can mean the difference between life and death. Delivering that information quickly and reliably requires careful planning and the right combination of technologies. This article provides a case study of a real world emergency mobile web application developed with a combination of IBM Worklight, IBM MQ and IBM WebSphere Message Broker technologies for a specialized rescue team in a major urban police department.
Articles 09 Apr 2014
DevOps best practices: Part 5. DevOps in the cloud
To realize the true value of cloud-based software development and cloud-based operations, apply DevOps practices to help mitigate the potential pitfalls and risks associated with cloud-based computing. Learn how to use DevOps best practices to ensure that your organization can both use cloud-based development tools and processes and implement scalable, cloud-based operations successfully.
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Articles 06 Mar 2014
InfoSphere Guardium and the Amazon cloud, Part 1: Explore Amazon RDS database instances and vulnerabilities
The growing number of relational databases on the cloud accentuates the need for data protection and auditing. IBM InfoSphere Guardium offers real time database security and monitoring, fine-grained database auditing, automated compliance reporting, data-level access control, database vulnerability management, and auto-discovery of sensitive data in the cloud. With the Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) you can create and use your own database instances in the cloud and build your own applications around them. This two-part series explores how to use Guardium to protect database information in the cloud. This article describes how to use Guardium's discovery and vulnerability assessment with Amazon RDS database instances. Part 2 will cover how Guardium uses Amazon S3 for backup and restore.
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Articles 27 Feb 2014
IBM PureApplication System backup and restore, Part 1: Recovery scenarios
IBM PureApplication System is a cloud computing system-in-a-box with integrated hardware and software for deploying and executing workloads in a cloud. As with other systems, administrators should maintain a current set of backups of the system and its workloads. While the system backup feature in PureApplication System captures the system’s configuration, other backup techniques are needed if you need to recreate or restore cloud, workload, or data components at a more granular level. This series of articles look at different aspects of backup and restore on PureApplication System, and Part 1 begins with an overview of the recovery scenarios for which you should be prepared.
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Articles 26 Feb 2014
Digital media processing in the cloud using IBM Business Process Manager
The purpose of this article is to describe some of the challenges inherent in building a cloud-based digital media processing factory, and how those challenges can be addressed using IBM Business Process Manager and related products.
Articles 26 Feb 2014
IBM PureApplication System backup and restore, Part 2: System backup
Part 2 in this series of articles that look at different aspects of backup and restore on IBM PureApplication System provides details for workload administrators on how to back up the workload catalog (patterns, and so on) and the data in applications running in the cloud.
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Articles 26 Feb 2014
Using a graphical interface on SoftLayer servers
Learn the concepts, reasoning, and steps to configure a graphical user interface to run on an IBM SoftLayer cloud server.
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Articles 25 Feb 2014
WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud Integration: Empowering managed service providers to offer integration services
Learn how managed service providers can provide integration service with on -premise systems, without having access to VPN or opening up a port from a firewall, using the WebSphere Cast Iron Secure Connector.
Demos 21 Feb 2014
WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud Integration: Integrate cloud to enterprise resource planning with "no coding"
In just ten minutes, discover how IBM WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud integration uses a "configuration, not coding" approach to easily connect a hybrid world of public clouds, private clouds and on-premise applications in days using a single complete, trusted and proven solution.
Demos 20 Feb 2014
Injecting custom code into Virtual Application Patterns with IBM PureApplication System
This article shows you how to build a Virtual Application Pattern (VAP) plug-in to inject custom code into existing VAPs at pattern deployment time. This technique lets you customize or extend a VAP without changing the pattern code or definition, and run your custom code on the VAP instances.
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Articles 19 Feb 2014
Deploy IBM Security Network Protection in an Open vSwitch
This article outlines how to configure IBM Security Network Protection (XGS5100) into an Open vSwitch–based software-defined network to protect your virtual assets. Open vSwitch is an OpenFlow–based virtual switch commonly used in cloud-based environments.
Articles 18 Feb 2014
NIC bonding for the QRadar SIEM Appliance
This article highlights the configuration necessary for bonding―or teaming―the Network Interface Card (NIC) for the QRadar SIEM appliance. It addresses topics related to high availability of the QRadar SIEM appliances and is intended for administrators in charge of maintaining those appliances.
Articles 18 Feb 2014
Build security intelligence for cloud and virtualized environments with QRadar
As with most new technology paradigms, security remains the most discussed inhibitor of widespread usage for cloud computing. Customers often cite lack of control and visibility on their workloads (application, information, and infrastructure) as the factors that most inhibit their move to cloud computing. This article outlines a security intelligence solution from IBM that helps you gain visibility and track activities in your cloud and virtualized deployments. With IBM Security QRadar SIEM capabilities, you can track user activities, detect offenses, and stay ahead of the threats in your cloud environment.
Articles 14 Feb 2014
Creating plug-ins for virtual application patterns, Part 2: Extending and customizing existing pattern types
A virtual application pattern defines an abstract application model that is disconnected from the underlying topology. What if you want to enable your solution as a virtual application pattern, but it requires additional functionality not offered by the plug-ins in the existing pattern types? In this case, you need an extension to the out-of-the-box functionality, as explained in Part 2 of this series. This third article of the series gives you a concrete, hands-on example on how to extend and customize an existing pattern type.
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Articles 11 Feb 2014
Creating plug-ins for virtual application patterns, Part 1: An introduction
Part 1 of this article series teaches you how to develop plug-ins for virtual application patterns in IBM Workload Deployer and IBM PureApplication Systems. The examples presented here are also applicable to IBM SmartCloud Application Workload Services. This article walks you through a simple example as it teaches you key concepts necessary to begin developing plug-ins and pattern types.
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Articles 01 Feb 2014
Managing product binaries in virtual application pattern workloads
Virtual application pattern is a cloud workload deployment model used in IBM PureApplication System, IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator, and IBM Workload Deployer. While developing your virtual application pattern plug-ins, you will encounter situations where you need to manage and install product binaries. In this article, you will learn various techniques to manage them.
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Articles 29 Jan 2014
Transparent network acceleration for Java-based workloads in the cloud
Java Sockets over RDMA (JSOR) is a new communication library in the IBM Java 7 SDK for Linux platforms. JSOR can improve throughput and reduce latency for client-server applications in cloud environments by exploiting RDMA-capable high-speed network adapters. Learn about the technology underlying JSOR, find out how to use the library, and compare JSOR performance with solutions based on other communication protocols.
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Articles 28 Jan 2014
Extend Flex System Manager
IBM PureFlex System with integrated network and storage virtualization and the Kernel-based virtual machine (KVM) hypervisor provides an open and cost-effective virtualization and cloud solution. This article shows PureFlex System administrators how to extend the functionality of Flex System Manager to advanced management scenarios in a KVM virtualization environment. Using the scripting language of your choice, you can also script these scenarios for reuse and repeatability. Downloadable Python script examples show you how.
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Articles 21 Jan 2014
IBM Entrepreneur Week
IBM Entrepreneur Week is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for you to meet, interact, and connect with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, industry leaders, and academics from around the world. If you're a startup or entrepreneur, join us onlne for our inaugural IBM Entrepreneur Week, 3-7 Feb 2014. There will be events taking place online and in locations worldwide, including face-to-face and virtual mentoring sessions, a women entrepreneur-focused event, and a LiveStream broadcast of the SmartCamp Global Finals in San Francisco.
Articles 15 Jan 2014
IBM Entrepreneur Week
IBM Entrepreneur Week is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for you to meet, interact, and connect with entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, industry leaders, and academics from around the world. If you're a startup or entrepreneur, join us online for our inaugural IBM Entrepreneur Week, 3-7 Feb 2014. There will be events taking place online and in locations worldwide, including face-to-face and virtual mentoring sessions, a women entrepreneur-focused event, and a LiveStream broadcast of the SmartCamp Global Finals in San Francisco.
Articles 15 Jan 2014
Create Linux and Windows images for OpenStack private clouds
This article proposes a new way to construct Linux and Windows images for private clouds built with the OpenStack cloud operating system. Current image-creation methods for OpenStack environments are cumbersome and time-consuming. The authors present an online, self-service method that makes image construction faster and easier for operators and end users of private clouds.
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Articles 13 Jan 2014
Build your own cloud sandbox, Part 3: Configuring an IBM Workload Deployer virtual appliance
This article continues our discussion from Part 1 and Part 2 of this series on how to build and configure your own cloud sandbox using a Workload Deployer virtual appliance. After securing IBM Workload Deployer (IWD), as covered in Part 2, you are ready to continue configuring the appliance. This article explains how to define cloud resources such as IP groups, cloud groups, hypervisors, and environment profiles. As illustrated in Parts 1 and 2, the terms Virtual Pattern Kit for Developers (VPKD), IWD, and Workload Deployer are used interchangeably throughout this series. This series complements the Navigating the IBM Cloud article series.
Also available in: Russian  
Articles 18 Dec 2013
Create a mobile-friendly to-do list app with PHP, jQuery Mobile, and Google Tasks
Want a build a simple mobile app to create and manage your to-do lists? It's easy with the Slim PHP micro-framework, jQuery Mobile, and the Google Tasks API. I'll show you how I did it.
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Articles 13 Dec 2013
Discover OpenStack: The Storage components Swift and Cinder
This article presents OpenStack Block (Swift) and Object (Glance) storage, explains how they fit into the overall architecture, and shows how they operate. It illustrates the tools with insight into what it takes to install, configure, and use the components.
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Articles 12 Dec 2013
Discover OpenStack: The Identity component Keystone
This article presents the OpenStack Identity (Keystone) project, explains how it fits into the overall architecture, and shows how it operates. It illustrates the project with insight into what it takes to install, configure, and use the components.
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Articles 11 Dec 2013
Meeting the continuous challenge
DevOps, along with agile, is changing the way we think about software development, delivery, and deployment, but when DevOps is discussed, one critical piece of the technology puzzle is frequently overlooked: testing and the data on which it relies. This article attempts to shine a light on testing and data management in the burgeoning world of DevOps and cloud computing.
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Articles 10 Dec 2013

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