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What is dynamic cloud?

This week at the IBM Pulse 2014 Conference there has been quite a bit of talk about the composable business and dynamic cloud, and I’ll be writing a two-part series on both. In this blog post we’ll focus on dynamic cloud. Is it hybrid cloud? Is it infrastructure as a service (IaaS)? Is it platform […]

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Hybrid cloud is here (and its future is dynamic)

Sometimes, hybrid cloud just happens. A brand manager buys a new price optimization app that’s delivered as a service. Sales deploys a new mobile app – hosted by a cloud service provider. The IT department builds a private cloud to house a new data warehouse. And without really intending to do so, the organization has […]

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How does cloud computing work?

I was challenged to describe how cloud computing works in 500 words. It was such an interesting challenge that I had to take it. First, you have to know what cloud computing is to understand the advantages of this new way of providing computing resources in the cloud. Second, you have to understand the different types […]

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Cloud computing basics

Cloud has often been used as a metaphor for Internet in the network diagram. Cloud computing is a new IT delivery model accessed over the network (Internet or intranet). It is definitely not formed in one day by a “Big Bang.” This revolutionary style of computing emerges from evolutionary changes, maturity, development and advancements of […]

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Cloud computing defined: Characteristics & service levels

The following is an excerpt from Edwin Schouten’s new book, IBM SmartCloud Essentials, from Packt Publishing. Click here to purchase the eBook or print version. To get a common understanding on cloud computing, let’s start with the basics: the essential characteristics and service and deployment models. For this, we will use one of the standardization […]

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What is hybrid cloud?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology defines hybrid cloud as “a composition of two or more clouds (private, community or public) that remain unique entities but are bound together, offering the benefits of multiple deployment models.” Although this definition sounds very reasonable, it does not cover all aspects of hybrid clouds. Let’s discuss possible […]

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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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How cloud computing can provide a competitive advantage

I just had the opportunity to read a new study from IBM that looks at the business outcomes of organizations using cloud and how they are achieving those results.

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A reference model for moving your applications to cloud

This article throws light on an important aspect of cloud computing technology –namely, migrating enterprise level workloads to a cloud environment without re-architecting or re-engineering the existing applications. I have explored the methodology of migrations and have tried to put in place some framework or repeatable model that can accelerate moving to cloud. Overview To […]

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How to explain cloud to your spouse – Part 2

For those of you that have been following this site for several months, you may have come across my previous blog post: How to explain cloud to your spouse.  When I wrote it, I thought it was just a something silly, and had no idea it would resonate with as many people as it did. […]

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The present and future of cloud pricing models

Some people are not aware that there are a number of different pricing models for cloud computing. In this post I’m going to explain the four most common cloud computing pricing models. Understanding these models is important so that you can make informed decisions about which model to choose and also understand how you will […]

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