February 27, 2017

Cloud security and IBM Bluemix – get started

I want to take a broader view and point you to some good introductory material on security for cloud-based workloads ("cloud security"). It consists of an overview of different cloud deployment models and their components, including using IBM Bluemix. Thereafter, it digs into each of those categories and takes a look at how to secure those components and the data.

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February 8, 2017

Building Up to OpenStack III: Xen and libvirt

Today, IBM Bluemix Private Cloud and many other OpenStack-based cloud implementations utilize KVM which has come to be nearly synonymous with qemu. In principle, however, these two types of hypervisors—qemu and Xen—are interchangeable, with certain modifications, because of libvirt. At a certain time in the market, it was unclear whether KVM or Xen would dominate as a hypervisor—rather like the battle between VHS and Beta videotape devices. Therefore, Red Hat created libvirt to hedge its bets between KVM and Xen. The ‘libvirt’ abstraction provides API bindings for the purpose of manipulating VMs. Over time, libvirt has become a well-integrated part of the OpenStack cloud model.

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December 20, 2016

Collaborative Culture Spotlight: OpenStack Days Mountain West

In this post, learn how our organization was transformed by adapting a collaborative, community-driven process developed by our OpenStack team members.

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November 21, 2016

The future of patterns: IBM OpenStack Heat Patterns

The term “pattern” is used and abused across the IT industry. So what exactly is a pattern, and what does it do? And how does it help simplify and accelerate application environment deployments?

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November 18, 2016

Managing Cinder Volumes with IBM Bluemix Private Cloud

If you have workloads such as expandable file systems and data management systems hosted on your IBM Bluemix Private Cloud, block storage might be a good fit for your environment-specific use case. This post explains how to get started with our block storage model.

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November 15, 2016

Building up to OpenStack II: Improving Cloud Performance

In this blog, second in a series, we’ll cover more cloud fundamentals: More about QEMU, and lots more about how to improve your cloud’s overall workload performance.

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November 14, 2016

Announcing Lenovo Hardware on Bluemix Private Cloud Local

I’m pleased to announce the availability of IBM Bluemix Private Cloud Local delivered on a Lenovo hardware platform. For your data center of choice, our IBM Bluemix Private Cloud Local service procures and deploys your hardware, manages your hardware blueprints, and optimizes the numerous configuration choices for availability and scalability.

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November 4, 2016

OpenStack Summit: IBM takes center stage

OpenStack has come a long way, and IBM has stepped up as one of the leading companies using the technology. Our team had a wonderful presence at the event and I'm thrilled to share some highlights.

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October 25, 2016

What’s new with IBM Bluemix Private Cloud

As a managed private cloud service, we carry out countless new deployments and expansions for our clients; it's business as usual for our operations staff. Our operational excellence isn’t the only accomplishment worth celebrating. We’ve also developed and delivered new capabilities and performance enhancements for our IBM Bluemix Private Cloud. Here’s a sneak peek.

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