There is a lot of discussion here about cloud for business, but what about cloud for Everyman – the average Joe – the man on the street? How will cloud computing change life for the average person? In short, cloud has already changed things significantly, and will continue to have an impact on our lives for years to come.
I find it fascinating the idea that anyone can potentially discover something very interesting with huge repercussions using these new technologies enabled with cloud computing. We are on the verge of many breakthroughs, thanks to these technnologies. For example, back in October 2011, I read an article in a newspaper in Toronto about a curious discovery made about the March 2011 Japan earthquake.
In our last installment, I wore my system administrator hat and tried to explain why system administrators might be resistant to the types of change that infrastructure as a service can cause. As an equal opportunity annoyer, I will pick on the business managers today.
Part two of Fang Feng's interview with Paul Kelsey, discussing WebSphere, IBM Workload Deployer, Amazon, Salesforce, and more.
IBM SmartCloud Provisioning is designed to minimize the use of a centralized “command and control” approach, in favor of scale-out management, where endpoints can participate in management activities and do not depend on a single configuration management database.
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, automation, self-service, and chargeback. In this last part, we will see how important it is to keep in mind subjects such as monitoring, compliance, backup, and security too.
When leveraging a public cloud environment, one of the largest challenges is ensuring the service catalog has images and software bundles that meet your business needs. The ability to create your own custom image templates and load them into a public cloud environment is a huge value. IBM SmartCloud Enterprise provides several methods for customizing images.
Physical security is basic in many areas, and it’s no different in the IT security area. The physical locations where IBM cloud offerings reside must be compliant to IBM physical security policies. Cloud offerings distributed and mirrored over many physical sites can offer a higher degree of IT security to some of our commercial customers, for example in the banking and finance sector, without the need for huge financial investments.
In the “Rapid deployments with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning” blog entry, we have shown that virtual machines or appliances can be started and configured in a matter of seconds. It has never been so easy to create a virtual machine (VM), install software, and configure middleware. However, with great power comes great responsibility…it is now possible to create a VM, but what is its lifecycle? Will it be destroyed after being used, is the starting image deprecated, or is there a better starting image given the needed configuration and software install requirements?
Finding new movies is a matter of thinking of new workloads that could take advantage of the cloud in the context of your business issues. To start with, good candidates are new services that are resource-consuming and that are used temporarily to support our production services.
Service-oriented architecture (SOA) has been a major concept in the evolution of information technology. There have been a lot of discussions and hype around it over the past decade. The hype has shifted to cloud computing, but the principles of SOA are still vitally important. The service orientation is fundamental for most paradigms of cloud computing.