IBM Cloud Orchestrator: So easy an end-user could use it

When talking about cloud, there is always the subtle implication that it’s a simple, one-click process. If I want to post my photo where people can see it, or download a new app for my smartphone, all it takes is one click. But what about the people who are actually setting up the infrastructure and […]

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Cloud gives university professors advantage in classroom

Co-authored by Francesco Pedulla Have you ever thought about how cloud computing could affect teaching at a university? As cloud solutions developers, we found ourselves discussing this topic at a recent social media workshop. In this post, we thought we’d share our ideas and experience. We’ll also show how we’ve implemented cloud solutions to solve common problems that […]

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What’s new in IBM Cloud Orchestrator 2.4?

IBM Cloud Orchestrator 2.4 has just been released. It is the follow-up to IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator 2.3. This new version takes some key steps toward stronger integration with OpenStack: • You can use OpenStack Heat templates and deploy Heat stacks by way of the self-service interface. • There is a brand new administrative user interface […]

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Delegation and reuse in IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator

One of the things I like most about IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator is that it allows different actors to do different tasks. This is not just a matter of assigning roles and playing with multitenancy aspects, but also involves the capability for the IT department running the cloud to fragment the work in such a way […]

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Cloud computing, data center automation and services on demand: What’s the difference?

Being a software engineer, I often end up talking about cloud computing. I think there is still a lot of confusion about what cloud computing actually means. For a lot of people, it is nothing more than embracing virtualization. For others, it is just data center automation. Where’s the truth? I’ll take the chance in […]

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The psychological effects of cloud computing

I’ve always been one of those people who needs to have control over everything. However, during my studies I realized that Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle had already undermined my certainties. I thought it was unbearable that you cannot know both the speed and position of particles at a given time. What a shock! Then the cloud […]

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When is virtual desktop infrastructure not the right solution?

Co-authored by Francesco Pedulla A couple of years ago, a customer asked me an unusual and very intriguing question: can you design and provide a cloud infrastructure capable of supporting—in a seamless fashion—both virtual machine (VM) access via remote desktop protocols and other workloads like web applications? This was the first time I received such […]

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Managing access in an IBM SmartCloud Provisioning cloud

A cloud is typically a shared environment and we do not want everyone to have access to everything. Privacy is important.

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Metering in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning

One of the messages behind cloud computing is pay-per-use: The adoption of a virtualized, standardized, self service and automated environment should include the possibility to be charged only for the used resources. IBM SmartCloud Provisioning offers the messages of low complexity, low administration and ease of use.

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Desktop cloud: Take it easy with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning and non-persistent VMs

A usual adoption pattern for cloud computing is desktops. It's really straightforward because, in general, each company has standardized desktops: only some specific version of the operating system is supported; only specific desktop flavors (styles) are available; only some applications are allowed; and typically everything is managed by the IT team.

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Customizing virtual images with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning

I'm a big fan of standardization. I'm a big fan of using non-persistent images too. They just make my life so much easier. The only issue I see with them, anyway, is the need to provide to the user several configuration and customization possibilities.

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