4 benefits of making cloud service delivery agile

Agile software development methodology has been around for many years. The Manifesto for Agile Software Development was released in 2001 and its practices have been widely adopted in developing a software product. But what about using agile methodology to deliver a service project? Traditionally, a contract is created to define the scope of the work, deliverables, […]

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Achieve DevOps with UrbanCode and IBM Cloud Orchestrator

With the introduction of OpenStack Heat, you can now deploy an entire cloud application, defined as a template, in a single shot. Before Heat, OpenStack cloud resources needed to be provisioned individually and combined together to build the application. For example, you would request two compute resources separately, and then you would need a network […]

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Jumpgate: SoftLayer’s free library for OpenStack cloud compatibility

Nathan Beittenmiller explains in a recent blog entry that Jumpgate, a free and open source library, provides a compatibility layer between the OpenStack Application Programming Interface (API) and a proprietary API. Jumpgate does a decent job of translating the IBM SoftLayer proprietary API as OpenStack API, which means that now SoftLayer can be easily used as […]

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Automation: You don’t call an operator to send a text message

Technology has progressed immensely in the last 50 years. I remember my parents saying that placing a telephone call initially required you calling a switchboard operator who would stick a pair of plugs into jacks in order to connect two parties. Fast-forward 30 years and mobile phones became very popular. Their use expanded beyond just […]

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Saving private cloud

Cloud is everywhere! You send documents and pictures to the cloud. You sync your device to the cloud. You don’t know where your information is, but you know it’s stored in the cloud. As a user of a public cloud, you don’t need to understand how it works—you just know it does. Now let’s talk […]

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