CLI Introduction to the command-line API of IBM SmartCloud Enterprise

In my previous blog, "What are the SmartCloud Enterprise APIs?" I explained the types of APIs provided by the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise. Now, I explain in more detail the command-line API that is provided by the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise platform.

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Getting started with Hadoop on the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise

It couldn’t be easier to set up your Hadoop cluster on the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise. It’s also fast! For example, a three-node Hadoop cluster can be up and running in less than 30 minutes.

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Cloud lessons learned from Southern California power outage

Lessons learned from the major power outage in Southern California in September 2011.

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IBM Sessions at Gartner Symposium

I attended several sessions presented by IBMers at the Gartner IT Symposium. Here are some of the highlights and points that I took away from each one, summarizing my live posts from @mirv_pgh on Twitter.

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ITIL and cloud series: NIST and IBM Cloud Reference Architecture, what and how to

A Q&A exploring NIST and the IBM Cloud Reference Architecture.

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Namechanger = Gamechanger?

Today, the underlying technologies (virtualization, automation, self-service) are becoming more mature; for the sake of better understanding - can't we come up with a different name for what we call today cloud computing? Would a name changer also be a game changer?

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Gartner Monday Session Recap

Some highlights of Day 1 at the Gartner Symposium this week.

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Real-World VDI (Part 1): Multi-vendor stacks with Citrix, VMware, Microsoft, and others

In this series of blogs, I’ll share my experience as IBM practitioner – simply based on recent client engagements where desktop virtualization, private desktop cloud, and desktop as a service (DaaS) were target environments (I will collectively refer to it as virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI”). It is therefore a reflection of what customers actually implement, mixed with my comments and evaluations.

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Real-World VDI (Part 5): End-user computing, the vision – Horizon, AppBlast, Octopus, and Should I skip the VDI bubble?

As I said, the announcements at VMworld caused me to adjust my view of VMware’s end-user capabilities, but more important on VDI as a whole. I’ll try to cover this in more detail in future posts but let me outline it on a high level.

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Real-World VDI (Part 4): Rethinking my view of VMware’s user capabilities – the impact of VMware’s recent announcements

The announcements at VMworld caused me to adjust my view of VMware’s user capabilities and vision. So what did VMware announce and why will it impact the current pattern and future directions?

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Real-World VDI (Part 3): Cost case challenge: Help, I’m losing money with my virtual desktop offering

Why do we increasingly see cost concerns in VDI environments? As I mentioned, many of my recent customers already have an existing POC, pilot or (smaller) production environment in place and are considering moving to their phase 2. Some of those also use it as external or internal desktop clouds and desktop as a service (DaaS) offerings. And yes, having proven that the concept technically works means that they are exploring to include more complex user categories. But more importantly, moving forward many realize that optimization is needed to make viable the cost cases for desktop virtualization.

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Real-World VDI (Part 2): Advanced graphics requirement: DirectX and OpenGL with HDX, RemoteFX, and PCoIP

Although most clients initially enthusiastically agree to address first the “low hanging fruits” of VDI, almost without exception I had the “dreaded question” come up consistently in the first meeting: “I have this user group with high-end graphics, video conferencing, 3D graphics, engineering application (replace this with your graphics intense application) requirements ... can we deliver this with our approach?

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