#Cloudchat: September 8 chat to focus on business resiliency & continuity in the cloud

Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes—oh, my! It’s never a bad time to evaluate if and how your business is prepared for unexpected disaster events. Our September #cloudchat this Thursday, September 8, at 4 p.m. ET will focus on resiliency and continuity in the cloud—a timely topic considering the recent weather events on the East Coast of the […]

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Considerations for backup and recovery in cloud

Many times, leveraging private and public cloud solutions require changes to a company’s disaster recovery strategy. This change can include replication and failover to various cloud providers and building a robust backup for any private cloud environment. Before a backup recovery strategy is implemented, two key factors should be considered. First, one should ask what […]

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It’s all about the business: Winning in the cloud with IBM Cloud Service Provider platform

In a previous blog post, “The new “C” in CSP: from communications to cloud service provider”, I discussed the analysts’ estimates on public cloud market opportunity and expected growth. I explained why communications service providers (CSPs) are uniquely positioned to take advantage of this opportunity. I also summarized the actions that CSPs must take to […]

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Considerations for availability management in the cloud

When moving key business services into a cloud environment, it is critical to consider how to manage the availability of those key services. Consider redundancy, workload mobility and application architecture to ensure that when components fail you get the results expected. In addition, it is important to leverage many of the same service management best practices that are usually applied to traditional IT and apply them to the cloud environment. Although there are more factors that must be considered in a cloud environment, many of the principles around availability management as part of service management apply to a cloud environment in similar ways.

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Cloud performance management considerations

Cloud computing introduces some unique challenges when it comes to performance management. Because the infrastructure your application runs on is more dynamic and elastic in a cloud solution, there are significantly more factors that need to be considered when managing the performance of such applications. Although the elastic nature of the environment is a major […]

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IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform pumps new life into old networks

The IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform offers an end-to-end cloud computing solution portfolio specifically designed for CSPs. The IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform is a carrier-grade, advanced, reliable, highly secure, and scalable platform for creating, managing, and monetizing cloud services, and that provides the following benefits:

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Image template considerations for cloud service catalog

When building a cloud environment, one of the most important things to consider is what images will be in the service catalog. Many times, business requirements drive more variations of software configurations and operating system versions, which quickly can cause several derivatives of a base image, and ultimately virtual image sprawl. In turn, this can […]

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IBM SmartCloud Executive Corner: Interview with Craig Sowell, IBM Marketing Director of Cloud Computing (Part 2 of 2)

Vasfi Gucer interviewed Craig Sowell, IBM Marketing Director of Cloud Computing. Below is a transcript of the second part of their conversation. You can access Part 1 of this interview here. Vasfi Gucer:    What are the considerations for migrating applications from a private traditional IT environment to a private or public cloud environment? Craig Sowell:   […]

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IBM SmartCloud Executive Corner: Interview with Craig Sowell, IBM Marketing Director of Cloud Computing (Part 1 of 2)

Vasfi Gucer interviewed Craig Sowell, IBM Marketing Director of Cloud Computing. Below is a transcript of the first part of their conversation. You can access Part 2 of this interview here. Vasfi Gucer:    There are many cloud options available today. To set the stage for our discussion, can you summarize the deployment and service options […]

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August #cloudchat recap

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The new “C” in CSP: from communications to cloud service provider

I’m sure you’ve seen the estimates from analysts on public cloud market opportunity and expected growth. They vary depending on the study, but conservative numbers have the opportunity at $89 Billion in 2015. This prediction represents a 25% compound growth rate (CGR) for all public services. Analysis shows that the software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) […]

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IBM Cloud Computing Reference Architecture: what’s in it for me?

Let me start by sharing a real story with you, although it is a little bit embarrassing on my part. I joined IBM in 1989 as a young IT graduate. One of my first assignments was to present IBM’s networking products at a small local IT event, focusing on how those products conformed to open […]

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