Event Report: Making new business practice a reality

Neil Weightman attended this IBM event on Thursday 17 November 2011. I hadn't previously been to the Institute of Directors (http://www.iod.com/), the venue for this event, but it has an unbelievably prestigious location in Central London on Pall Mall, just next to The Mall, which has some famous residents, most notably Elizabeth Windsor.

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Cloud integration with Cast Iron

If I look at some of my own personal data that I've accumulated over the years, for example - my contacts - I can tell you that I have that sort of information stored in at least three places: on my phone, on my computer, or written down somewhere. I can also safely say that there's a great deal of overlap between each of these sources, and also a great deal of inconsistency.

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Government as cloud provider

Most of the cloud discussions happening today are related to large enterprises because they can gain significant benefits from the cloud environment. What about government, its institutions and agencies? Can the cloud model become a model for them, influence the way they work, their operations, and their efficiency? Will the government adopt a cloud model?

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Challenges of implementing a truly hybrid cloud

There is no denying it: companies are either moving to the cloud or thinking about it. But the choices are many and most companies are still experimenting on what will work best for them. Questions are being asked: Will the Cloud integrate properly with traditional IT? Will we succeed in keeping control of our workloads, data, and costs? What are the long-term benefits of the cloud? Those are huge questions yet to be answered.

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Does IBM use cloud (in Australia)?

After reading Alfredo Olivieri's great post about IBM's cloud in Rome – "Does IBM use cloud?" – I felt that I needed to write a cloud article on behalf of Australia. After all, these Italians aren't the only people who can make a great cloud!

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Predicting performance issues in your cloud environment

In my previous life as system management specialist, I often happened to warn my customers about “infrastructure management noise,” an issue arising from setting too many monitor thresholds and generating therefore large volumes of events, which makes difficult to identify real problems. You often end up with so many alarms that people simply start to ignore them.

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Desktop cloud technologies

Today, a desktop cloud can consist of various technologies. There are different technologies for delivering the actual desktop, providing the applications, or organizing the underlying infrastructure such as storage. A good desktop cloud solution is a well designed combination of those technologies to support the needed requirements. In today's article, I want to briefly discuss the various technologies, and explain what they can do and what they can't.

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Leveraging cloud for cross-company partnerships

One of the key features of a customized cloud solution is the ability to integrate with other companies to create cross-company services. In this example, we are integrating with an external customer for on-boarding service and an external marketplace.

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What type of desktop for my users?

This post goes through several categories of pros, cons and considerations for different types of desktops.

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Driving as a service

Are you wondering about the title? Well, this is no new product announcement of IBM, rather than some thoughts about the idea of cloud computing that arose when I saw a video of the vision of car driving in 2028 according to Volkswagen.

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Building your cloud using IBM hardware and software (Part 1 of 3) – Design

In this three-part blog series, the author outlines the process, from conception to deployment, that his team used to build a private, on-premise cloud environment by using an IBM hardware and software stack.

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#Cloudchat November Recap: Retail analytics and the cloud

Just in time for the barrage of advertisements and deep discounts that dominate the holiday shopping season, our November #cloudchat focused on retail analytics and the cloud.

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