Should you move your existing applications to the cloud?

There are many factors to consider when determining whether or not to migrate your existing applications into a cloud hosted environment. Not all applications can necessarily thrive in a cloud environment, so a careful analysis of the application and any benefits is needed. Here are a few topics to keep in mind: Identity management Where […]

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Keeping an eye on operating system patches in an IaaS cloud

Understanding a cloud provider’s patching process is one key to deciding which workloads to move to the cloud. Managed cloud providers and some unmanaged cloud providers will either automatically, or with some manual control, provide installation and maintenance of operating system patches for your workloads that are hosted in the cloud. While operating system patching […]

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Why CMDBs are still relevant in a cloud world

A properly designed and utilized configuration management database (CMDB) provides a foundation for good IT service management. I’ve spoken to several clients who have asked (rightly so) about whether or not to use a CMDB with their cloud provider. They have even asked questions such as “Whose CMDB should my servers and services be described […]

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Choosing between managed and unmanaged IaaS

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) typically comes in one of two forms: managed or unmanaged. Of course, some providers also offer something in between. Typically, a provider will tend to specialize in one, although some providers can offer both. For example, the IBM Cloud Managed Services IaaS offering specializes in managed servers, but can also […]

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Active Directory integration in IBM Cloud Managed Services V1.3

With the release of IBM Cloud Managed Services V1.3, there have been significant feature changes to the product offering. One of these feature enhancements is the Active Directory (AD) integration feature. As of V1.3, there are now three different integration options available to suit the range of applications that enterprises support. The basic premise of […]

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A conversation with Steve Twist, Australian cloud expert

During the IBM Pulse 2014 conference in Las Vegas this week, I had a chance to interview Steve Twist, cloud lead for IBM Software Group in Australia. Steve speaks to many Australian businesses about how IBM can help transform their business with cloud technologies. Here’s what he had to say about how the cloud can […]

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