As an IBM Developer Advocate, I get to come up with cool demos for events and conferences that showcases the technology IBM Cloud has to offer developers. For a community event, I built a TJBot photo booth, using the famous TJBot to capture photos using a Raspberry Pi camera and send them via Twilio. If you're feeling brave, you can go right to the code on GitHub. Otherwise, read on to discover how I turned this powerful little robot into a photo booth!
IBM is pleased to announce the immediate availability of our new low cost and low latency Regional Service for IBM Cloud Object Storage, located in the US-East (Washington DC) metro area, open for all customers to use worldwide. As with our other Regional resiliency services, customers have the choice to store and access their data within a single region composed of multiple IBM Cloud data centers for business continuity and high availability with low cost and low latency.
We all know the story: The amount of data created every day is growing exponentially. While some of this data may be accessed frequently, other data is not and is just consuming valuable primary storage space. Although amounts vary by company, many clients report that as much as 60 – 90 percent of their data is infrequently accessed within months of creation, and yet many often store and manage it in the same way as active data.
IBM Cloud Infrastructure team is delivering new features and functions to you at an accelerated pace. Today, IBM announces hourly billing for its Cloud Block and File Storage services. This added feature pairs well with IBM’s hourly compute instances. Imagine – you can create a compute instance with storage and pay for both by the hour! Now you have the choice – monthly or hourly. The IBM Cloud aims to make infrastructure flexible to meet customers’ needs.
For a while, Db2 has built-in support to directly access Cloud Object Storage (COS) like Amazon S3 and IBM COS (Softlayer / IBM Bluemix IaaS). It allows to perform backups (and restores) as well as data load operations to and from the cloud. Phil Nelson wrote an excellent overview and introduction on the IDUG blog with his examples focused on S3. Thus, in the following I am going to mostly cover Db2 using the IBM Cloud Object Storage and fill in some additional details.
IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions has added Veeam® Availability Suite™ to its growing solutions and services portfolio. Yes, you heard it right!! Users can now backup and replicate their VMware workloads running on VMware Cloud Foundation and vCenter Server environments running in IBM Cloud. VMware Cloud Foundation is the market-leading VMware hyper converged solution which automates deployment and lifecycle management of a fully validated VMware stack (compute, network & storage). IBM Cloud automates the deployment process which reduces the time from months to hours and drastically simplifies the path to hybrid cloud.
Having worked with many clients over the last 10-15 years in the data protection space, one of most common questions that I have been asked is "How is Backup difference than Disaster Recovery?" There is usually quite a bit of confusion around the conceptual differences, so let me avail this opportunity to explain the differences between the two and explain how these terms have evolved over time.
IBM continues to drive innovations across the IBM Cloud portfolio to spur business transformation for customers around the globe. Cloud Object Storage is a key service in our IBM Cloud Platform and helps customers store, manage and leverage unstructured data.