Hey, Cloud! So you think you can manage and deliver multimedia content?

In any sector I can think of, at least one or two examples can be drawn that feature an application of cloud. I often asked myself the question: “Can cloud computing process and disseminate multimedia content? If yes, how?” Recently I started researching this topic. Cloud definitely can manage multimedia contents.

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Jumpstart your cloud: Using open source software to build, deploy and manage on-premises clouds

Ever felt like creating your own little private cloud on your desktop or laptop? Or, just wanted to explore what the cloud software really does? If you think there’s too much cost involved for these initiatives, think again, because open source is there to the rescue!

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July #cloudchat: How can cloud drive sustainability?

This month's chat, on July 12 from 4-5 p.m. ET, will focus on how cloud can promote sustainability in organizations and in the world. Join us!

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Drift detection of virtual instances using IBM SmartCloud Provisioning

In this blog post, I describe a root-cause detection scenario using IBM SmartCloud Provisioning.

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Microsoft vs. OpenOffice: Not the battle of the future!

As Andreas Groth (@andreasgroth) and I mentioned in several earlier blog posts, the final goal of software evolution is to be web-based. There are several reasons for that: Web-based applications are easy to access (from any device), they are cheap to maintain and they support our new requirements in terms of collaboration and content sharing more easily as any local installed app does.

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Maximizing the value of cloud for small and medium enterprises (SMEs)

This difference is quite similar to the trends that I see with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and their adoption of cloud technologies. When some of the large customers are still in the evaluation mode with cloud, there are many small businesses that have gone ahead and built their offices on the cloud.

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Tired of waiting for my servers

My client recently bought another company with 800 new users to join the clients existing enterprise landscape. Besides the other activities, I have to provide 800 new IBM Lotus Notes Accounts. Of course the first request is to get them connected to the collaboration tools, especially email. Sounds simple, but seeing the capacity of the existing servers, I had to order new hardware first.

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Cloud: The new staple for businesses to safeguard from natural disasters

While the typical emergency supplies for an individual consists of water, batteries and food, businesses need to seriously evaluate their readiness plan. And one secret weapon that can help businesses weather the storm -- the cloud.

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IBM PureApplication System: Cloud capabilities on a rack

Earlier this year, IBM released its IBM PureSystems family of products. There are two products in this family: IBM PureFlex System and IBM PureApplication System. In very simple terms, the PureSystems family can be thought of as cloud capabilities on a rack.

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What Wimbledon can tell us about business and the cloud, mobile and analytics

Analyzing more than seven years of Grand Slam Tennis data—39 million data points—combined with real-time data, IBM’s “SlamTracker” determines the "Keys to the Match" which are the three metrics most likely to clinch the win. Based on IBM’s SPSS analytics software, fans can exploit the power of data to gain insight into players’– and their opponent’s strategies, strengths and weaknesses.

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To cloud or not to cloud

When I discuss cloud with clients, certain questions arise. One of the main questions is; why would a large organization with a fully functioning IT infrastructure, that delivers services, and enables that business to compete in its chosen sector choose to introduce a disruptive technology like cloud?

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Privacy in a public cloud: Keeping data safe

You basically have the same security issues and considerations for deploying applications on the cloud as you do for running them on premises. The difference is that on cloud, some of those issues are handled by your cloud service provider.

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