Optimizing cloud infrastructures

Resources to expand cloud knowledge gained at the Pulse 2013 conference

This IBM® developerWorks cloud supplement for the Pulse 2013 conference offers resources to expand the major cloud topics from conference sessions so you can "optimize" the conference that's illustrating how to optimize the world's infrastructure.


Kane Scarlett, Freelance technologist

Kane ScarlettKane Scarlett is a technology journalist/analyst with 20 years in the business, working for such publishers as National Geographic, Population Reference Bureau, Miller Freeman, and IDG, and managing, editing, and writing for such august journals as JavaWorld, LinuxWorld, and of course, developerWorks.

05 March 2013

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To be a part of the smarter computing trend on today's smarter planet, your organization needs to be able to turn to the cloud to revamp your current business models — at the same time, you need to maintain the flexibility to manage an unprecedented rate of change.

In fact, many enterprises are already on the cloud in some capacity; some of the everyday Net sites you might use could be on the cloud transparently (short video on cloud).

The cloud computing sessions at the Pulse 2013 conference focus on IBM® SmartCloud Enterprise and IT optimization offerings, exploring how clients can successfully establish the right foundation of public, private, or hybrid cloud environments. It also features tracks on IT availability and performance, IT process optimization, big data and analytics, expert integrated systems, and storage management. Sessions feature best practices, case studies, and implementations from clients, IBM business partners and industry experts, all highlighting how these technologies help improve the economics of IT. This guide links you to existing developerWorks resources that support these tracks so you can expand the knowledge you learned at Pulse.

IT service management

The ability to quickly transform a business requirement into a business service is fundamental to the success of today's organizations. Probably the best place to start with this topic is with this two-part knowledge path, "Cloud service management: Basic tasks and tools." This knowledg path introduces concepts and tasks on how to manage the delivery of cloud IT functions as services from within an on-premise, off-premise, or hybrid cloud environment. Activities include discovering the basics of cloud service management, learning basic tasks of cloud service management, exploring cloud service management from an IBM perspective, and exploring cloud service management with experts and tools.

The second part of this knowledg path, "Cloud service management: Explore major tasks," uncovers the major tasks to enable the delivery of cloud IT functions as services. It provides an introduction to the various major cloud services tasks, including configuration and change management, image life cycle management, service life cycle management, capacity and performance, storage, and security.

These two resources should provide an exhaustive start to the topic of cloud service management. To get started on a newer service topic, database as a service, you might also want to follow along in the introductory "Database in the cloud" which shows how database designers are adopting cloud computing concepts to offer databases as services.

There are also several groups of professionals that meet to discuss service management at developerWorks.

Operations, network, app performance management

In operations, there's pressure to ensure high service availability and performance across critical applications and the network infrastructure. When it comes to cloud related performance management, developerWorks offers quite a few resources to bolster your knowledge:

Big data and analytics

It can be a struggle to process and extract insight from the mountains of information from log files, machine data, application, and performance data. For more on how to effectively do this, start with David Gillman's "Ten considerations for a cloud-based big data solution" which highlights 10 factors a company should consider when starting a big data project, even one that is considered a test.

For more on the topic of cloud, big data, and analytics, try these resources:

Best practices

The new delivery models of cloud computing can transform the client experience and the economics of service delivery, so it is a good idea to sift a list of best practices out of initial experiences with these models. A developerWorks specialty is to convert experience into best practices to perform IT tasks, so a multitude of resources deliver on that promise. In the cloud computing arena, developerWorks produced best practices on the following topics:

Unified recovery and storage management

Resources that help you understand recovery technologies useful in cloud environments include:

As for storage management:

Collaborative development and operations

Yes, we're talking about DevOps, the collaboration between development and operations within an organization:



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