Are containers the future of hybrid clouds?

I recently stumbled across the following video from James Bottomley, a Linux Kernel developer working for Parallels. It’s a very good explanation of container technology and how it will be integrated in OpenStack: What really caught my attention was the part about hybrid clouds. Looking a bit closer at containers in a hybrid cloud environment reveals […]

Peeling the onion: Hybrid cloud key components

In an earlier post, I defined a hybrid cloud and discussed possible scenarios including multiple public cloud providers, private clouds and traditional information technology (IT) environments. While that post explained hybrid cloud infrastructures, it was not the full story—especially if you plan to implement a hybrid cloud in your environment. Like an onion that has many […]

Distributing your workload? Easy as slicing pie

Discussing hybrid cloud is almost a never ending story; there are so many aspects to explore. In this post, I would like to focus on workloads, placement and interconnection. At this time of year, moving and distributing portions of a workload reminds me of slicing and handing out pumpkin pie at the end of Thanksgiving […]

How to achieve success in cloud outsourcing projects

Outsourcing is a stepping stone on the way to cloud computing. I would even say that companies with outsourcing experience can much more easily adopt cloud than others. They are already used to dealing with a service provider, and they have learned how to trust and challenge it to get the desired services. But certain […]

What are community clouds?

The nature of any public cloud is to meet the requirements that a majority of its users need. There are always trade-offs in functionality, standardization and costs. So, in the end, the implemented requirements are some kind of least common denominator. While this might be good (enough) for most industries, it often is not enough […]

How Dropbox revolutionized enterprise IT

Some of you might remember those early days of computer networking when coaxial cables were used to interconnect PCs and Novell Netware was the market leader for file sharing. Although new players appeared in this space with IBM LAN Server and Microsoft Windows NT, the basic concept of shared network drives did not change much. […]

Why some European companies are slow to adopt cloud

While cloud adoption booms around the world, Europe (especially Western Europe) seems to be moving at its own pace. This is somewhat surprising, because Western Europe is a high cost and high price market where adoption of new technologies used to be considered a competitive advantage. This seems not to be the case for cloud […]

What is hybrid cloud?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology defines hybrid cloud as “a composition of two or more clouds (private, community or public) that remain unique entities but are bound together, offering the benefits of multiple deployment models.” Although this definition sounds very reasonable, it does not cover all aspects of hybrid clouds. Let’s discuss possible […]

What is hybrid cloud?

Marcus Erber explains the intricacies of a hybrid cloud, along with deployment models and challenges to be considered.

A guide to IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ 1.3

On November 19, 2013, IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ (SCE+) version 1.3 was released. While every new SCE+ release has brought some interesting improvements, I'm particularly excited about 1.3. Tons of new features and improvements were implemented, making it worth having a closer look at the highlights of this version.

IBM SmartCloud Enterprise + disaster recovery considerations for DB2

Application-level disaster recovery is not the solution for every scenario, but it can be a valid, cost effective and less complex alternative.

Do you trust your cloud service provider?

In an increasingly diverse market, you must be able to trust your cloud service provider.