Michael J. Fork

IBM expands its cloud footprint globally: Why it matters to you

This has been a busy and exciting year for IBM’s cloud business. In February, we unveiled our $1 billion investment in our platform as a service, Bluemix. April saw the launch of the IBM Cloud marketplace, and throughout the year we announced strategic partnerships with SAP, Apple, Intel, Microsoft, and AT&T among others. In the last two […]

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IBM to host sponsor sessions at the OpenStack Summit in Paris

In my previous blog post, I went through each of the IBM technical sessions that were selected for the OpenStack Summit in Paris. In this post, I want to shift gears a bit and focus on the agenda for the IBM sponsor sessions on Wednesday. Building this agenda, we wanted to avoid the standard vendor […]

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IBM technical sessions at the OpenStack Summit in Paris

I’m getting ready to attend my seventh OpenStack Summit. I’ve been to every one since the Essex Summit in Boston, and I know how daunting it is to look at the schedule and try to pick what sessions to attend. Does the session description catch me? Does it sound like a vendor pitch? Do the […]

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OpenStack in a day for under $20

One of the hardest things with OpenStack can be just getting started, especially in the enterprise. Acquiring hardware and getting the right networking in place can require a monumental effort. And, while you can use DevStack and virtual machines (VMs), the result isn’t really useful for a proof of concept or demo environment. SoftLayer, an […]

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OpenStack from IBM in hours at no charge

Update:  Please note that the Hong Kong offer for $500 off is now $250. Offering $500 off the first month are both London (see: http://www.softlayer.com/info/london-hosting) and Toronto (see: http://www.softlayer.com/info/toronto-hosting).  To take advantage of the $500 offer mentioned below, monthly servers must be used in place of hourly servers.  When provisioning, select the same configurations while specifying monthly […]

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OpenStack in a day for under $20

One of the hardest things with OpenStack can be just getting started, especially in the enterprise. Acquiring hardware and getting the right networking in place can require a monumental effort. And, while you can use DevStack and virtual machines (VMs), the result isn’t really useful for a proof of concept or demo environment. SoftLayer, an […]

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IBM leads with Codename: BlueMix at Pulse 2014

Where is IBM taking the cloud? Michael J. Fork details our latest developments with BlueMix and Cloud Foundry.

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What is infrastructure as a service (IaaS)?

Our blogger taps his colleagues for a definitive explanation that will do justice to IaaS.

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What is infrastructure as a service (IaaS)?

What is IaaS? It seems like a simple, innocuous question. However, as with most technical topics, things are never as they appear. IaaS is no different. To illustrate this, I reached out to four IBM cloud leaders and posed that simple question. What I got back were answers heavily influenced by their world view—where they came […]

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Four benefits of hybrid cloud computing

Because I work on both OpenStack and SoftLayer, a large part of my daily discussions center on hybrid cloud—what is real and what isn’t when it comes to augmenting on-premises, private cloud with hosted cloud. Most people associate hybrid with “bursting” an application or picking up and moving an existing workload off-premises to a hosted […]

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Four benefits of hybrid cloud computing

So where can hybrid help? We can think of four areas.

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Cloud computing: Enabling the ‘next big wave’

Each generation brings along a set of expectations and world views that are not accessible to the previous generation. As they reach the age of innovation, their unique world view fuels the rise of that next big wave.

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