Steel and Bridges: Evolving our Big Data Platform

Carnegie is a tremendous book, if you want a deep look into how he transformed from factory worker, to steel magnate, to philanthropist. Hint: it was a lot of hard work and smarts. However, one thing stuck with me from this book: his insights on strategy.

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The cloud ecosystem for beginners: A data center view

I would like to share my thoughts about the cloud ecosystem in general, and provide an internal view of a “cloud data center.”

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Cloud is like a box of …. You never know what you’re gonna get (Part 1 of 2)

With cloud computing this quote is true in two ways: -A wide variety of cloud services are available to compose with, like a box of chocolates. -You don’t know up front what you’re going to get. This blog post offers the reader a three-step-plan to guide your journey to the cloud.

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Summary of 2012 IBM Technical World for Smarter Computing Conference

I just returned from the 2012 IBM Technical World for Smarter Computing Conference that took place from April 15 - 19 in San Francisco. I want to share my impressions with you, while they are still fresh in my mind.

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My client changed its department name to “Business Process Improvement Office”

This means that the CIO's focus has changed from IT to business process improvement. If possible, the CIO does not want to further change the IT infrastructure (for example correspondence of software, end of service, and so on).

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Who says dinosaurs can’t reduce costs and improve speed of delivery in the cloud?

One of the key benefits of cloud that I identified earlier was cost savings. Another key and related benefit is improved speed of IT delivery.

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I’ve virtualized my systems…isn’t that a cloud?

When many people think of cloud computing they immediately think of virtualization and virtual machines in particular. This is completely natural and not at all surprising. After all, one of the core underlying technologies used in cloud computing is virtualization. However, it is important not to confuse one element of cloud computing with the entire thing – and this can sometimes happen.

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Is everything cloud?

As you can see in this illustration, there are many terms associated with cloud, covering so many different areas that you could be forgiven for thinking that cloud is just a marketing term that can be added to everything and can therefore be ignored. In this article, I explain that cloud is actually something quite specific, and quite important, and that these are all words that can be associated with cloud, but don't necessarily define it.

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Motivation for a cloudy day

In IT, the motivations might be a need to keep up with the competition, a need to become more profitable, or the desire to be on the leading edge of the technology curve. Any of these, or possibly 37 other reasons, could be driving you to examine cloud computing for your enterprise.

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April #cloudchat Recap: OpenStack Foundation

This month's chat focused on the OpenStack Foundation announcement, and featured Rackspace's Mark Collier and IBM's Angel Diaz as panelists.

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OpenStack Foundation – The next step for IaaS in the Cloud Eco-System

Today, April 12, 2012, IBM announced that it would join with other industry leaders in support of Rackspace transitioning OpenStack to an open community foundation. IBM intends to be a Platinum Sponsor of the to be formed Foundation.

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Stormy forecast: Private clouds on the horizon are growing in importance

The ease of use and agility that one experiences with public clouds can be replicated in a private manner for enterprises. This is especially useful to enterprises that are worried about security or that want more control over where their data and software are setup and reside. So, private clouds can be seen as a microcosm of public clouds…Although this view is true, it is also not complete.

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