5 reasons why cloud is vital in the developing world

By Anthony Butler My region (Middle East and Africa) is one of the most diverse in the world. Economically, it features some of the poorest countries—and some of the richest. It spans two hemispheres, from the tip of South Africa to the northernmost borders of Turkey, and it boasts a linguistic diversity that, by some […]

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IBM Cloud offers SaaS solutions for small businesses

By Lanny (William) Short We’ve all have an idea of where things are heading in technology. We see terms thrown around like “cloud,” “SaaS” and “social media,” etc. But what if your business is not in the world of IT? You know that you need to have some sort of web presence, and you need it to be […]

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Are you a cloud genius? Take this quiz and find out.

IT leaders, managers, technicians, peers and cloud enthusiasts—we’ve got a challenge for you. We usually serve up knowledge here on Thoughts on Cloud. Today we’re switching it up and testing yours. With cloud on the rise—and showing no sign of stopping—it’s important to keep up with the constant influx of information on the subject. Is […]

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4 things to consider when selecting a cloud provider

By Scott Wallace and Marcos Quezada When choosing cloud providers, we usually pay attention to things like whether the provider has adopted open standards such as OpenStack, whether their cloud computing hybrid approach is dynamic and whether they have integrated platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) offerings. What we often […]

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Cloud storage: Even a five year old can use it

By Fabio Furlani and Shivaramakrishnan Gopalakrishna Recently, my friend Fabio and I were talking about our children. We both have boys: mine is five years old, while Fabio’s son is 21. Both watch a lot of videos and download a lot of pictures and music from the internet. As technologically savvy fathers, we try to […]

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Docker offers big opportunity for software-defined networking

By Rakesh Saha and Jay Kidambi Recently, technologies like Docker have popularized software containers as basic computational units for application deployment. In addition to easing the process of application development, testing, deployment and maintenance, these technologies also promise to be lighter-weight alternatives to full-fledged virtualization. In most environments, containers will coexist with other computational units […]

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#CloudchatEU recap: Cloud computing in 2015

With 2014 coming to a close and next year fast approaching, it’s the perfect time to make some predictions for the cloud computing industry. To that end, we gathered some cloud thought leaders for a Crowdchat that touched on a wide range of topics, including open technology, hybrid cloud and security. Check out the transcript […]

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3 ways SMBs can speed innovation through cloud

By Shivanand Biradar Innovations in technology and business processes are essential for the “hockey stick” model of growth that is desired by small and big businesses worldwide. Many people think of Picasso as the world’s greatest innovator. I once read that he often bought or borrowed ideas from several places and stitched them together to […]

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4 ways to ease cloud adoption for financial institutions

By Krzysztof Rafalski and Mariusz Lesniak The financial services industry faces numerous challenges at present. Many banks are struggling to cut costs and improve flexibility, efficiency and scalability to respond quickly to changing markets. They need to contend with industry regulations and serve clients in a faster, better way. In addition, there is the consistent […]

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Webcast preview: Ecosystem collaboration in the Cloud Era

In any new business venture today, cloud sits comfortably at the heart of innovation. Through the collaboration that the cloud enables, enterprises are able to work like startups, while startups are able to tap into resources once reserved for the enterprise. We’ll be diving into the topic, “Ecosystem Collaboration in the Cloud Era,” on Nov. 10 […]

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You can trust an OpenStack cloud — here’s why

By Matt Rutkowski Can I trust an OpenStack cloud? This question is probably not one that many of us developing in or on OpenStack might ask ourselves or even consider. With the recent announcement of OpenStack Juno, the milestone 10th release, and considering all of its compelling new features culled from existing and new components, it seems […]

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Five reasons to have a personal private cloud at home

By Kirk Steinklauber What does it mean to have a personal private cloud at home? I’ll explain in more detail later in this post, but in very simple terms, it means that you have access to computing resources like your personal data and applications from anywhere. Since there are personal and partially free cloud solutions […]

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