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Use Jumpgate to manage your SoftLayer network configurations
Jumpgate, an OpenStack community project, is a library that acts as a translation layer to convert an incoming OpenStack call to a different cloud provider's API call. Supporting Neutron (network) is one of our focus items in the latest release.
04 Sep 2014
Use Jumpgate to manage your SoftLayer storage resources
Jumpgate is an OpenStack library that acts as an adapter to help cloud providers become OpenStack compliant. We added additional endpoints to support the creation, deletion, listing, attachment, detachment, and type listing of volumes within SoftLayer using the OpenStack Cinder and Nova commands.
04 Sep 2014
Getting started with user data and post provisioning scripts
The SoftLayer platform lets you add dynamic data and scripts when you place your order. Learn how to use these scripts.
04 Sep 2014
Using fog-softlayer for managing global IP addresses
Learn how to use fog-softlayer to create and route global IP addresses.
04 Sep 2014
Using fog-softlayer for managing key pairs
Learn how to use fog-softlayer to create and assign SSH key pairs for use with your compute instances.
04 Sep 2014
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.
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03 Sep 2014
Using fog-softlayer for managing Object Storage
Discover and learn how to leverage fog, the cloud services library, to manage your SoftLayer object storage, using fog-softlayer.
03 Sep 2014
Using fog-softlayer for managing networks (VLANs)
Learn how to use fog-softlayer to create and assign VLANs for use with your virtual servers.
03 Sep 2014
Using fog-softlayer for managing DNS
Discover how to leverage fog, the cloud services library, to manage your SoftLayer DNS, using fog-softlayer.
03 Sep 2014
DevOps best practices: Part 6. Use DevOps to drive quality assurance and testing
Quality assurance and testing requires collaboration between many key stakeholders, because of this the DevOps principles of communication and collaboration are beneficial. This article explains how to use DevOps to drive quality assurance and testing and shows you service virtualization testing in practice.
02 Sep 2014
Build a traffic forecaster app hosted on IBM SoftLayer
This smartphone application helps drivers plan their travel routes and timing according to predicted traffic conditions. Through this, the app aims to optimize the driver's travel time as well as avoid traffic in congested areas.
02 Sep 2014
Enable mapping and geospatial analytics in SoftLayer cloud
Become familiar with GIS, geospatial analytics, and the Esri ArcGIS and Esri Maps application and how it deploys on SoftLayer Cloud.
26 Aug 2014
Load testing in the cloud with IBM Rational Performance Tester and IBM SoftLayer
Combine IBM Rational Performance Tester with the significant computing resources in IBM SoftLayer to simulate real world use of your application by geographically distributed virtual users. By using Rational Performance Tester with SoftLayer, you can achieve highly scalable load testing at reduced cost. This article gives technical users practical guidance and examples for using SoftLayer with Rational Performance Tester.
26 Aug 2014
Integrate OpenStack Keystone with Tivoli Federated Identity Manager
Learn how to integrate Keystone's recently released federated identity capability with IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager. OpenStack is open source software for building public and private clouds that provides an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform. Keystone is an OpenStack subproject that provides identity services, including user authentication and authorization, for the OpenStack family of projects.
26 Aug 2014
Build a game app with Liberty, Cloudant, and Single Sign On
This tutorial shows how to quickly build an online game application based on IBM Bluemix prebuilt services.
22 Aug 2014
Unlock your on-premises translated content in the cloud
Enterprise software developers making the transition to cloud computing often ask how they can use the existing translated content in their on-premises databases from the cloud. Find out how to use the Cloud Integration add-on in Bluemix to unlock your translated content from systems of record and access it from the cloud even if the database is behind a secure firewall.
19 Aug 2014
Scaling applications in IBM Bluemix
IBM Bluemix provides capabilities for optimizing application performance through both vertical and horizontal scaling. This article covers the basics of scalability and the capabilities that Bluemix offers, and it presents an example of using the Bluemix Auto-Scaling add-on for a Java application.
15 Aug 2014
Gain confidence about data security in the cloud
This tutorial demystifies cloud security and arms you with the know-how to adopt the cloud with confidence. Learn how cloud security is a shared responsibility between the cloud service provider and the client. The responsibilities of each party are explored. Also walk through a data security use case involving IBM BLU Acceleration for the Cloud. When certain criteria are met, clients can achieve data security equal to or better than what they can achieve onsite.
07 Aug 2014
Federate IBM SmartCloud for Social Business with your organization by using WebSphere DataPower
One of the most common challenges when integrating cloud-based offerings with your company is identity federation. In this article, you will learn how to federate your company repository with IBM SmartCloud for Social Business using WebSphere DataPower to provide a single sign-on (SSO) service between different security domains.
06 Aug 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.
Also available in: Spanish  
01 Aug 2014
Java multitenancy: Configuration options, tenant lifecycle, and isolation in action
The multitenant JVM is available with the IBM SDK Java Technology Edition, Version 7 Release 1 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. Examine the tenant lifecycle, learn some of the available configuration options, and see the benefits of isolation of statics in tenant applications. This article builds on a previous developerWorks article, "Introduction to Java multitenancy."
31 Jul 2014
Implement continuous delivery using IBM UrbanCode Deploy
Learn how to implement a continuous delivery solution on SoftLayer cloud servers, using IBM UrbanCode Deploy, from the aspects of design to the implementation details.
30 Jul 2014
How IBM PureApplication System uses DNS to deploy workloads onto the data center's network
IBM PureApplication System uses DNS to locate resources on the network so that it can connect to them. This article describes how PureApplication System uses DNS, what queries it expects DNS to be able to answer, what happens when the system can’t use DNS properly, and more.
30 Jul 2014
A tour of the hardware in IBM PureApplication System: The second generation
This article reviews the second generation of IBM PureApplication System hardware, with an emphasis on what's new or different from the first generation. It describes the hardware components contained in the various models, hardware improvements, and more.
30 Jul 2014
Build your first Node.js website, Part 2
Do you want to build a dynamic website with Node.js but are unsure where to start? This three-part article introduces you to Node.js development step by step, with no software installation required. Using only a web browser, you create a Node.js application, write server-side JavaScript, display dynamic data on HTML pages, and store data in a Redis database.
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29 Jul 2014
Build your first Node.js website, Part 3
Do you want to build a dynamic website with Node.js but are unsure where to start? This three-part article introduces you to Node.js development step by step, with no software installation required. Using only a web browser, you create a Node.js application, write server-side JavaScript, display dynamic data on HTML pages, and store data in a Redis database.
Also available in: Japanese  
29 Jul 2014
Follow air traffic with a Flight Status and Tracking app built on Bluemix
Create this flight-tracking application that overlays the real-time location of flights as they approach a particular airport on Google Maps. It's a mashup of Bluemix services and external third-party APIs, including the Flight Status by Airport API, Google Maps API, and weather data, to create a unique system of engagement.
Also available in: Japanese  
22 Jul 2014
Create an HTML5 chat app on Bluemix with Node.js, Redis, and Socket.io
Create a mobile-friendly HTML5 chat app powered by a Redis service on IBM Bluemix. You'll learn how to use the Node.js and Express module to build a server-side JavaScript application and how to update the client in real time using Web Sockets and Socket.io. When you're done, you'll see how you can deploy your app to the cloud in just one step using the Bluemix platform.
Also available in: Chinese  
22 Jul 2014
Explore new features in Tivoli Service Automation Manager Network Extension for Juniper
IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager (TSAM) helps enable users to request, deploy, monitor, and manage cloud computing services. Learn the basics of and explore the new features that are introduced in the recently released firewall extension, the TSAM Network Extension for Juniper.
22 Jul 2014
Integrate your applications using IBM Bluemix MQ Light Service
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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21 Jul 2014
Dynamic Google Gauge powered by Cloudant and Bluemix
This article provides step-by-step instructions on how to use IBM Bluemix to host a PHP application that reads data from a Cloudant database to populate a visually appealing Google Gauge. Use the IBM DevOps Services environment to develop and deploy your application to Bluemix in just a few clicks.
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18 Jul 2014
Build an online learning platform with Open edX on SoftLayer
This article shows you how to quickly and easily install and set up an Open edX platform in a SoftLayer environment. It also shows you how to get started configuring the environment and prepare Open edX for use.
Also available in: Chinese  
16 Jul 2014
Build a simple web app for student math drills using the Bluemix SQLDB service
Learn how to create a Node.js application that relies on a managed database service, SQLDB, to handle the demanding web and transactional workloads for your application.
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15 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
10 Jul 2014
Using fog-softlayer for managing servers
Get started with fog, covering several examples of using fog-softlayer to manage servers using both VMs and bare metal cloud instances.
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.
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.
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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.
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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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.
Also available in: Japanese  
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.
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01 Jul 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
28 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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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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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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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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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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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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27 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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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.
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.
24 Jun 2014
DevOps for rapid software production
Producing IT software solutions fast enough to meet operational demands has become increasingly challenging for technology-rich businesses. The process is labor intensive and requires iterative procedures as well as 24x7 attentiveness to integrating, compiling, and testing code. At first glance, throwing additional resources at the problem seems the logical response, but a better solution is to develop software applications more rapidly using a framework that is resilient enough to withstand mass-production automations. DevOps offers such a framework, and coupled with rapid application development, businesses can perform fast-paced prototyping, testing, and delivery while maintaining high quality standards.
Also available in: Japanese  
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.
24 Jun 2014
Securing connectivity between WebSphere Cast Iron Database connector and a database
This article describes how to configure a Database connector in WebSphere Cast Iron Studio for secure SSL connection, how to import secure certificates from a DB2 database, and how to execute the orchestration securely.
Also available in: Chinese  
18 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).
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17 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.
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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.
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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.
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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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03 Jun 2014
Leaner software development using DevOps
Inspired by lean software development principles, this article focuses on various ways to help you notice and remove waste in your process and your time, all while improving time to feedback.
02 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.
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29 May 2014
Managing remote repositories on a dynamic cloud network using IBM UrbanCode Deploy
Learn how to build a remote package repository for IBM UrbanCode Deploy to use in the context of a continuous delivery process. This will optimize and drastically reduce the delivery time of the packages. The solution is based on a real case study for the DevOpsInACloud project. Because the DevOpsInACloud environments are located on different networks, the download of a new version of the product on each agent might be time consuming. Learn how to create and configure a remote repository for each network and configure the UrbanCode Deploy processes to download the build artifacts from these repositories.
20 May 2014
Ensure continuous delivery by deploying industry solutions to a cloud platform
Using a real customer scenario, explore the challenges and how they are resolved to ensure continuous deployment. Continuous delivery has become a common pattern for solutions delivered on a cloud platform. To make continuous delivery possible, all of the build, deployment, test, and release stages need to be automated to deliver frequent iterations so that developers and operations professionals can continuously pick up the pipeline of code changes and defect fixes. Increased automation of processes leads to increased efficiency in cloud delivery. Apply the installation and deployment techniques in this article to improve the solution installer and make it better suited for continuous deployment and delivery. This article demonstrates an approach to altering solution installation and configuration to support continuous deployment.
13 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.
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.
13 May 2014
Introduction to Java multitenancy
The multitenant JVM recently became available as part of the IBM SDK Java Technology Edition, Version 7 Release 1 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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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.
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.
06 May 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 Codename: BlueMix.
11 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.
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.
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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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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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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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26 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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19 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.
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.
Also available in: Japanese  
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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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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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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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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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.
15 Jan 2014
Machine data analytics
The effort to improve cyber-physical security and increase safety systems has spawned a growing industry, focused on surmounting the challenge. The use of closed-circuit TV analog cameras is rapidly being replaced by higher-definition, feature-rich digital cameras for image-based security and safety systems. In comparison, digital cameras are more flexible, smarter, and more integrated with cloud services and data analytics. This article describes drop-in-place safety and security monitors, combined with cloud-based data analytics, which make it possible to quickly deploy monitoring in areas without power or networking infrastructure.
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14 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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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  
18 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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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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11 Dec 2013

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