It’s about the journey and the destination

The cloud destination requires a journey that allows you to bring along and transform your existing infrastructure and applications while developing new applications for the cloud.

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FAQs: Introduction to WebSphere Cast Iron

If you have several on-premises applications that need to be integrated, an on-premises integration platform might suit your needs; but if your focus (today and in future) is on cloud applications, a logical conclusion is to do your integration in the cloud too.

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Why service providers should not ignore cloud

For many service providers, cloud computing seems to be disruptive for their business model. Especially in the outsourcing business, many service providers are reluctant to offer cloud-based services to their clients. There are two main reasons behind this skepticism.

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Attack on the cloud: Concerns of storing business-critical data at 10,000 feet

When forward-thinking business leaders view the cloud as opportunities, hackers also shift their attention to the cloud service provider websites. The reason is obvious. They can potentially gain access to data of multiple companies if they break into major cloud vendor sites, because of the multi-tenant nature of such websites.

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Risks & Issues: Effective management for cloud commercial customers

This blog entry is about managing risks and issues when providing cloud services to commercial customers. Managing service provider internal risks when using cloud technology is out of scope of this blog entry. Also any risk evaluation whether or not to migrate information assets or applications to cloud solutions is not regarded here.

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May #cloudchat Recap: Questions you should ask your cloud provider

Our chat this month focused on things you should ask your cloud provider when negotiating a service agreement. Our panel of experts, Steve Woodward, Ryan Berg, Gurpreet Singh, and John Meegan; provided insight on things commonly overlooked.

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Cloud versus globalization

Why compare cloud and globalization? Cloud is certainly a form of globalization, very often based on specialization and cost reduction.

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Service management for hybrid clouds with Cast Iron

One important aspect of hybrid clouds is to have a common service management platform. The ability to provision resources, monitor resources, synchronize LDAP directories, and govern and manage workload through a common interface is extremely valuable.

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Executive Corner: Interview with Mike McCarthy, Vice President of Cloud Computing for IBM Global Technology Services

Vasfi Gucer and I recently interviewed Mike McCarthy, Vice President of Cloud Computing for IBM Global Technology Services to get his thoughts regarding IBM’s cloud strategy. Mike discussed various IBM cloud offerings, general challenges for IBM, and aspects about customers who are transitioning into cloud.

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Rapid deployments with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning

I've been impressed by the speed of provisioning a set of virtual machines in just a few tens of seconds using IBM SmartCloud Provisioning. In most cases, you can get a running virtual machine in less than one minute.

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May #cloudchat: What questions should you ask your cloud provider?

During this month’s #cloudchat, we want to examine the role of the organization versus the role of the cloud service provider across the entire cloud lifecycle. Particularly, we will discuss what questions should you ask your cloud provider when it comes to service level agreements (SLAs) and roles and responsibilities with regard to your data.

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Four reasons why I hate the term “cloud”

I think most readers of this blog probably know there is no single "cloud." Saying something is “on the cloud” is about as specific as saying something is "on the Internet." This term isn’t going away – but that’s okay, because I really like hopeless causes.

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