Kevin Allen

Blue Box founder Proudman talks OSCON, OpenStack, IBM future

When IBM announced in June that it had acquired Seattle-based Blue Box, which offers private clouds as a service via OpenStack, analysts and IT experts called it a step forward for IBM’s hybrid cloud capabilities. Now more than a month into the relationship—and with OSCON fast approaching—we wanted to get a better idea of where Blue […]

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IBM and Box link up to integrate enterprise cloud offerings

It’s a match made in cloud. IBM and Box have announced a partnership that’s already been labeled “huge,” “wide-ranging,” and “major.” Box will fold IBM Watson analytics and security into its current capabilities, and allow users to store their data on the IBM Cloud. IBM, meanwhile, will incorporate Box into its email and enterprise applications, […]

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Blue Box founder Jesse Proudman: Joining IBM was ‘best move’

Blue Box is now part of Big Blue. IBM today announced that it has reached a deal to acquire innovative cloud company Blue Box. The Seattle-based startup helps its clients tap into its OpenStack-powered hosted private cloud service, which promises to fit with IBM’s ongoing emphasis on open cloud technologies like OpenStack and Cloud Foundry. […]

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Irene Mia: Despite challenges, cloud maturity increasing

This week, IBM releases its latest study, Mapping the cloud maturity curve: Mastering the cloud in partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit. Relevant for c-level information officers, the report reveals that cloud is poised to become the dominant model for IT. Two-thirds of the 784 IT executive respondents predict that 60 percent or more of […]

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Guy Kawasaki: The Art of Innovation

Few people have stared tech innovation in the face quite like Guy Kawasaki. He was there in Apple’s early days, he’s penned 13 books on topics ranging from his days as a Macintosh evangelist to entrepreneurship, social media and more. He’s spoken to thousands of conference crowds and he’s advised and invested more startups than […]

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How agility, ability & execution deliver on the business value of cloud

The benefits of cloud computing have been touted in this and countless other IT industry publications. But there’s often a disconnect between the deployment and the business outcomes. It’s Michael Fitzgerald’s job to connect the cloud strategy to the business value. As partner and global leader for IBM Cloud’s CIO Advisory Services, Fitzgerald is tasked […]

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Q & A with Will Reilly: Cloud ‘fundamental’ to IBM/Twitter partnership

Twitter data isn’t just for marketers anymore. This week, IBM and Twitter announced their latest round of cloud data services that will allow business pros and developers to gain valuable business insights from Twitter data. Will Reilly, director of IBM’s business and Industry Solutions Marketing for Big Data & Analytics, joined us to talk about the new features, which will be available […]

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The cloud conundrum: Can I trust my data in the cloud?

Talk to any business owner today about the company’s IT (and cloud, specifically), and invariably one of the first things they’ll mention is security. Can I trust my data in the cloud? It is, perhaps, the most important question a company can ask when it comes to the cloud, and any provider must be able […]

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3 cloud computing predictions for 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, we look ahead to what promises to be a very fruitful cloud computing landscape. Cloud adoption is, without a doubt, on the rise. A recent IDC report predicts the global cloud market will top $118 billion in 2015, which translates to a 23 percent bump over 2014. We reached out to a […]

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Top 10 Thoughts on Cloud posts of 2014

As the year winds down, we're counting down the top Thoughts on Cloud posts of 2014. Check back over the next few weeks for updates.

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Cloud security: How to block and tackle

In nearly every cloud study that has been published over the past couple years, security is identified as the biggest concern among executives and the strongest barrier to cloud adoption.

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What technology is needed for hybrid cloud?

Hybrid cloud is probably the hottest term in information technology today. But you can’t exactly snap your fingers and make it happen. Things like network connectivity, security, plus operation and monitoring tools must all be considered as part of the overall hybrid cloud strategy before anything is implemented. There’s a certain complexity added to a […]

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