Kevin Allen

#CloudchatEU preview: European cloud predictions for 2015

What an incredible year it’s been for cloud computing in Europe. Whether you’re talking innovations, acquisitions, price wars or technological advancements, 2014 has been arguably the most significant in the history of cloud computing. And 2015 promises to be just as significant—if not more. With the year winding down, it’s the perfect opportunity to look […]

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Podcast: Angel Diaz discusses the future of open cloud technology

You can’t have an in-depth conversation around cloud computing today without bringing up open technology. As cloud computing emerges from its infancy, open standards developed in organizations like OpenStack and Cloud Foundry are primed to bring the cloud into adolescence. You’d have a hard time finding anyone as bullish on open technology as Angel Luis Diaz, vice president of Open Technology & […]

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Cloud security: How to block and tackle

An interview with cloud security pro Brendan Hannigan, IBM GM Security Systems Division … 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. Symantec reports that data breaches rose 62 percent last year, which resulted in […]

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October #CloudChat: The rise of hybrid cloud

We’ve come well past cloud computing’s infancy and we’re beginning to realize its full potential. Enterprises are increasingly turning to hybrid cloud solutions to remain flexible and agile. They love the low cost and ease that public clouds offer, while taking advantage of increased security and tailor-made aspects that private clouds provide. It’s no secret that […]

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Executive Corner: Jim Comfort discusses IBM-SAP partnership

IBM today announced a major partnership with SAP. Specifically, SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud is now available in IBM’s highly scalable, open and secure cloud. To learn more about the partnership and what it means for users, we spoke with Jim Comfort, General Manager, GTS Cloud Development & Delivery at IBM: What should people know about the SAP […]

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Watson Analytics on IBM Cloud: An interview with Marcus Hearne

In your business, what questions need answers? It’s these very questions—whatever they may be—that drive Watson Analytics, IBM’s latest offering that taps into the service’s formidable cognitive computing power. According to the New York Times, Watson Analytics “is a software service, delivered over the cloud. As its name suggests, Watson Analytics is a result of a collaboration between teams […]

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Video recap: IBM Cloud & the SoftLayer Advantage

We were thrilled last week to see the outpouring of conversation and congratulations around SoftLayer’s one-year anniversary as an IBM company. To mark the occasion, we hosted a G+ Hangout with some experts from IBM and SoftLayer. Joining us for the chat were: Mac Devine, Director of CloudFirst Innovation and CTO, IBM Cloud Services Division – […]

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An interview with SoftLayer CIO Sonny Fulkerson

With any corporate acquisition, there’s a certain degree of integration that needs to occur.  In the case of IBM’s acquisition of SoftLayer a year ago this month, Sonny Fulkerson was tasked, along with others, in ensuring that the transition was a smooth one. SoftLayer employees are affectionately referred to as “SLayers.” IBM calls its crew […]

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Year One: An interview with SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby

In the year since IBM acquired SoftLayer, Lance Crosby has been in almost perpetual motion. He has circled the globe touting IBM’s lofty cloud ambitions, while overseeing SoftLayer’s expanding capabilities and integration with the rest of IBM’s cloud offerings. But before the expansion could occur, there was a decision that had to be made, challenges […]

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Upcoming G+ Hangout: IBM Cloud & the SoftLayer Advantage

It’s been a year since the ink dried and SoftLayer officially added “an IBM company” to its title. Since then, IBM has invested $1.2 billion to grow its cloud footprint with 15 new data centers around the world. But that only begins to tell the story of how IBM Cloud has evolved into one of […]

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Year One: An interview with SoftLayer CEO Lance Crosby

In the year since IBM acquired SoftLayer, Lance Crosby has been in almost perpetual motion. He has circled the globe touting IBM’s lofty cloud ambitions, while overseeing SoftLayer’s expanding capabilities and integration with the rest of IBM’s cloud offerings. But before the expansion could occur, there was a decision that had to be made, challenges […]

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Chat recap: Cloud in the UK — IaaS, PaaS & SaaS

Like many regions around the world, the United Kingdom has seem a boom in cloud computing over the last few years. IBM convened earlier this week a pane of cloud computing experts to answer questions about the cloud. Topics ranged from vendor lock-in to public/private/hybrid clouds to migrating workloads to the cloud. Check out the […]

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