Lessons learned: IBM SmartCloud Provisioning

The main advantage I have seen with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning is the speed at which it can deploy and destroy machines. In this example, I deploy a base image, customize it for a test, capture that image for later use, and then create a test set with the new modified image.

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Private cloud on IBM BladeCenter with SCVMM 2012

Summary and PDF download describing the process of upgrading an existing System Center 2008 environment to System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 and explores the following new features provided by SCVMM 2012.

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Part 3 of 3: Doug Clark, IBM UKI Cloud Computing Leader, in conversation with Sam Garforth

In this three-part blog post, Doug Clark and I had a conversation on 4 May 2012 about his views on cloud in the IT industry and his role within it. It was my goal to learn more about the business aspects of cloud and whether there are geographical differences in its adoption.

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Part 2 of 3: Doug Clark, IBM UKI Cloud Computing Leader, in conversation with Sam Garforth

In this three-part blog post, Doug Clark and I had a conversation on 4 May 2012 about his views on cloud in the IT industry and his role within it. It was my goal to learn more about the business aspects of cloud and whether there are geographical differences in its adoption.

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Doug Clark, IBM UKI Cloud Computing Leader, in conversation with Sam Garforth

In this three-part blog post, Doug Clark and I had a conversation on 4 May 2012 about his views on cloud in the IT industry and his role within it. It was my goal to learn more about the business aspects of cloud and whether there are geographical differences in its adoption.

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BYOD: The landscape and security risks a CIO should consider

Nowadays society can’t go more than five minutes without using their mobile devices to check email, Facebook, or their favorite application. As a result, increasing numbers of employees are bringing their own smartphones and tablets to work, and for internal IT, this provides many challenges.

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Invitation: June 27th/28th IBM SmartCloud Enterprise Developers Group Virtual Meeting

The next SmartCloud Enterprise Developers Group virtual meeting will take place June 28, 11 a.m. ET, or June 28, 9 a.m. Beijing time.

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Overview: Data encryption in SaaS applications

Most SaaS providers claim to provide encryption, but typically only the transmission is encrypted using SSL. Although this standard technology provides a good protection of transmission data, the usage data that is stored in the cloud platform does not get so much attention.

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DevOps and the cloud

One of the hot topics around these days in IT is DevOps. But what is it exactly, why would I want it, and if so, how do I get it? This blog posting discusses these three questions; it’s up to you to decide when you start using it.

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June #cloudchat recap: Cloud and SMBs

This month's chat focused on cloud & SMBs, and featured analyst Laurie McCabe and IBMers Ed Abrams and Chester Karwatowski. Next month's chat will take place July 12 from 4-5 p.m. ET.

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The uncertainty factor of running jobs in a cloud

No matter what you call it, how you paint it, or what you think causes it; the issue remains: it is difficult to predict when your job will complete in a public cloud environment.

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Forget the IT department — we need an SI department

However, it got me thinking – what if we applied the same kind of thinking to an IT service management (ITSM) model, what would the post-cloud world look like?

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