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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Customizing virtual images with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning

I'm a big fan of standardization. I'm a big fan of using non-persistent images too. They just make my life so much easier. The only issue I see with them, anyway, is the need to provide to the user several configuration and customization possibilities.

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Wow…my cloud went up in smoke! Now what?

Okay, so here’s something different to reflect upon. By now we all know the benefits that cloud computing brings and how it promises to be a game-changer in the days ahead. However despite all the buzz surrounding cloud computing, a nagging concern remains – who will ultimately be held responsible if the cloud flounders for whatever reasons? The accountability word hangs like the proverbial Damocles sword on any potential cloud customer.

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Keeping the cloud switched on using recovery-oriented computing

There are several factors that have an impact on the availability of services, mostly related to infrastructure failures. Failures are not only related to unrecoverable hardware outages, but also to recoverable OS or middleware failures.

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Executive Corner: Interview with Business Development Executive for Cloud, Julie Hollway (Part 1 of 2)

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

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Eight things worth considering before building your first private cloud (Part 2 of 3)

In this three-part series, we look at what to consider in the early phases of a private cloud project. We already talked about virtualization and automation. But, cloud is much more than that and it’s important to have a close look at self-service and chargeback too.

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Cloud Computing Research: International conferences on cloud computing

Although it is not possible to talk about all the potential research areas within the cloud computing space, let’s look at the premier research and industry conferences on cloud computing and its allied areas.

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Three ways that ogres are like clouds

If you haven’t seen DreamWorks’ movie Shrek, you really should. Not only is it a funny film, but you won’t enjoy this blog as much if you don’t know a little about ogres.

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UP Conference Virtual Event Summary

The virtual component of the UP Conference featured 3 IBM presentations. “Lessons Learned The impact on the future of Cloud and Standards," “Real client innovation in the cloud," and “The Cloud Computing Paradigm Transforming Business, Technology.” These presentations went through the current state of cloud computing and helped define the next steps for cloud.

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Is there really a market for entry-level cloud solutions?

Many, many years ago I was sent some test code for a very basic web interface allowing self-service requests for virtual machines, developed by a single VMware employee in his spare time; looking back, this was the first time I actually "did cloud." And I liked it because it was exactly what I wanted at the time – a simple way to enable, control, and streamline resource requests.

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UP Conference: Mountain View Recap

The UP Conference was an excellent opportunity to meet with innovators of the cloud industry. IBM presented two key presentations one on “Next Generation Cloud Platforms – accelerating time to market” and one presentation on “Real-Time Behavioral Insight into Consumer Interaction.”

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Executive Corner: Interview with Technical Leader for Cloud, John Easton (Part 3 of 3)

Neil Weightman interviewed John Easton recently. The discussion concentrated on the future of IT departments, how organizations need to change to embrace cloud, the legacy of grid computing and how customers are currently engaging with cloud.

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