Cloud computing at Pulse 2012 pre-conference

This year at IBM Software conference Pulse 2012, being held March 4-7, cloud computing has its own track of sessions to show client success and new innovations around cloud computing.

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Invitation: February 15th and 16th IBM SmartCloud Enterprise API User Group Virtual Meeting

Dominique Vernier is an architect working for the IBM Global Cloud Sales Team and he created a package which provides some useful additional command-lines for the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise. As this package is written in Java, Dominique designed this package to allow developers to reused implemented Java classes. During this presentation Dominique will provide an overview of this package.

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Windows 8 — the last one?

Will Windows 8 be the last client operating system out of Redmond? Probably not, but we need to ask ourselves which value a new client operating system (OS) version can bring to the desktop.

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February #cloudchat recap: Cloud in education

The February #cloudchat focused on how cloud computing is changing education. Our panelists included experts from Georgia State University, George Mason University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Executive Corner: Why cloud computing is simply good IT – an interview with Mike Hill, VP of Enterprise Initiatives

One aspect of my day job that I really enjoy is meeting with “strategic thought leaders.” I recently met with Mike Hill, who currently is Vice President of Enterprise Initiatives for IBM and previously was IBM’s Vice President of Business Transformation and CIO (see below for Mike’s biography). As you all know, cloud computing is getting a lot of attention from senior business and IT leaders these days. I asked Mike to tell me where our customers are seeing value in cloud computing and where it is being dismissed as the latest fad.

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Executive Corner: Interview with Business Development Executive for Cloud, Julie Hollway (Part 2 of 2)

Neil Weightman interviewed Julie Hollway recently. The discussion concentrated on the ways in which cloud is helping industries now and on how to get started with cloud.

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Who says dinosaurs can’t create clouds?

For the past several years, there have been discussions on how to best reduce data center costs. A study in 2011 by Clabby Analytics, an IT research and analysis firm, showed that almost 50% of the data center costs can be attributed to management labor, followed by costs associated with equipment.

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Security patch management in the cloud

This blog entry takes a step-by-step walkthrough approach to analyze process requirements against the cloud implementation. Identified potential gaps and issues are to be addressed in policy updates and in an effective risk management.

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February #cloudchat: Cloud computing in education

With so many industries being permeated by cloud computing, we wanted to dig a little deeper into the practical ways that cloud is changing the way we live and work. For our February chat, we decided to focus on education, an industry that’s seeing a major shift on multiple levels thanks to cloud. From K-12 to higher ed, cloud is changing the experience for students and affording more resources for teachers.

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Successful cloud service provider: Requirements (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1 of this blog entry, we covered the first five requirements (self-service portal, service catalog, automated provisioning, complex topology creation and deployment, and Platform-Virtualization management). So, let’s continue with short description of the next five requirements, which are as important for cloud providers as the first five.

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Maximize the value of Salesforce.com

Customers have the choice to build their own applications on the Force.com platform and many other applications based on that platform are offered by Salesforce. Thirteen years of experience in the cloud business are nearly unmatched in the industry. Cast Iron Systems, which was acquired by IBM in March 2010, was founded in 2001 and is designed to integrate SaaS applications with on-premises applications. The most common use case of Cast Iron is to integrate Salesforce.com into enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.

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Interview with Portal Lead Cloud Developer Paul Kelsey (Part 1 of 3)

Fang Feng interviewed Paul Kelsey, WebSphere Portal Cloud Deployment and Security Architect, on November 7 and November 12, 2011. The main topics involved cloud computing, IBM SmartCloud Enterprise, IBM Workload Deployer (IBM CloudBurst), Amazon Web Services, and WebSphere Portal’s deployment in these cloud offerings. In the following transcript, the names are abbreviated.

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