Why modern private and hybrid clouds need orchestration

By Richard Thomas (thomas1@us.ibm.com) and Manish Aggarwal (maggarwal@ca.ibm.com) Cloud orchestration is one of those ambiguous concepts in cloud computing with varying definitions on when cloud management truly advances into the realm of orchestration. Very often, people believe that automation is the same as orchestration. But automation is just the starting point for cloud. As organizations […]

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Dive into the software-defined network ocean with OpenStack

By John M. Tracey and Ramesh Menon One area where the cloud can be particularly useful is in simplifying the traditionally onerous process of provisioning and configuring network infrastructure and services. Many people wonder though how they can begin to utilize the cloud for networking. In this post, we describe an easy way to get started […]

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Five reasons why cloud is the right pill for healthcare providers

By Aredis S Oliveira and Biplav Srivastava Healthcare is a major industry affecting the daily lives of citizens around the world, and information technology (IT) has played a major role in improving the quality of service for patients while keeping the costs manageable. Today, more and more healthcare vendors are moving their offerings to the cloud. However, […]

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Act now! Register for IBM’s Napa Valley Executive Summit: Hybrid IT, private clouds, and the next generation data center

There’s a great event opportunity available for senior managers and executives on Oct. 23-24 in Napa, California at the luxurious Villaggio Inn and Spa with an exclusive wine tasting and dinner at the prestigious  Silver Oak Winery. The one and a half day IBM Smarter Data Center Executive Summit examines the data center and how it has been affected […]

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Do we need a cloud services broker?

By Kirk Steinkluaber, Rhonda Childress and JeongGahk Kim Kirk Steinklauber, an IBM chief engagement architect, was recently working with an existing strategic outsourcing client who wanted to use the “cloud” for their SAP applications. The client was struggling to deal with all the cloud vendors and was worried about all the different cloud processes, tools and delivery teams […]

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IBM SoftLayer storage options: Which choice is best for you?

By Phillip Trent, Jr., Stephen Holt, and Santhosh Reddy Storage is an essential element of nearly every cloud hosted application. Collected data is a valuable resource that needs to be stored in a safe and secure manner. As application usage scales, data storage capacity must be able to grow as well. IBM SoftLayer provides industry-leading […]

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Optimizing your cloud with cloud orchestration

By Marco Sebastiani (marco.sebastiani@it.ibm.com) and Manish Aggarwal (maggarwal@ca.ibm.com) In the IT world today, everything seems to be cloud. Cloud represents a key transformation in how IT departments and organizations provide services.  IT organizations that embrace cloud are driven by the need to increase the speed of delivery of services to their users, while achieving the desired […]

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Is it time to move your analytics to the cloud?

By Andrew Popp, IBM Software Group, Business Analytics , BUE, SaaS Market Development Nothing stays the same for long today—particularly in technology. If even six years ago I had predicted that you’d have a device in your hand that could look up basically any fact in the world instantly, host­­­ video conversations and help boost […]

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System z and SoftLayer: Security architecture blueprint

By Hartmut Penner, Tarun Chopra and Bob St. John  It is widely accepted that hybrid cloud offers a multitude of financial and technical benefits, but there also are challenges to be considered when moving forward with a hybrid cloud strategy. Paramount among those challenges is network security—specifically protecting against threats to data privacy when extending […]

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Benefits and challenges of hybrid cloud: Use cases for System z

By Tarun Chopra, Hartmut Penner and Bob St. John Moving to a hybrid cloud model can provide a range of benefits—from shifting and reducing costs to driving innovation, increasing flexibility or speeding the deployment of new applications. But moving to hybrid model and deriving those benefits are not without their challenges, individually and collectively. So we’d like […]

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Preview: 2014 Business Tech Trends Report

Two years ago, the IBM Center for Applied Insights released the 2012 IBM Tech Trends Report. This is an exhaustive biannual survey of more than 1,200 IT and business decision makers who are determining when, where and how their organizations adopt mobile, analytics, cloud and social technologies. The survey found that fewer than 40 percent of […]

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Enterprise hybrid computing with System z and SoftLayer

By Tarun Chopra, Hartmut Penner, Bob St. John, Stefano Delle Chiaie, Qi liang, and Saran K Bommakanti Cloud computing has gone mainstream and cloud services like infrastructure as a service, platform as a service and software as a service are becoming part of computing industry paradigm. According to Forrester, the public cloud market is expected […]

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