Cloud physical security considerations

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.

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Where are your images and what do they contain?

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?

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I have a cloud player, now I need movies

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.

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Desktop as a Service: Go virtual or not?

Cloud terminology is already complex enough with its IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, BPaaS; so now we have one more term contributing to the overall confusion with cloud-related services. It is desktop as a service (DaaS).

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SOA governance in the cloud

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.

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An effective integration between IBM SmartCloud Provisioning and Tivoli Endpoint Manager

I really liked the post “Rapid deployments with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning” that explains how simple and fast it is to deploy instances using SmartCloud Provisioning. But after the instances are deployed the next questions are: How can I "easily" manage them from a patch management point of view? How can I "ensure" that they satisfy my corporate and security standards?

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Tips for virtual desktop performances

In my last blog entry I wrote the following statement: “Always be sure to consider any user objections before deploying desktop virtualization and thin client technology.” One of the main objections is loss of performance.

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Cloud computing at Pulse 2012 pre-conference

This year at IBM Software conference Pulse 2012, being held March 4-7, cloud computing has its own track of sessions to show client success and new innovations around cloud computing.

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Invitation: February 15th and 16th IBM SmartCloud Enterprise API User Group Virtual Meeting

Dominique Vernier is an architect working for the IBM Global Cloud Sales Team and he created a package which provides some useful additional command-lines for the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise. As this package is written in Java, Dominique designed this package to allow developers to reused implemented Java classes. During this presentation Dominique will provide an overview of this package.

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Windows 8 — the last one?

Will Windows 8 be the last client operating system out of Redmond? Probably not, but we need to ask ourselves which value a new client operating system (OS) version can bring to the desktop.

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February #cloudchat recap: Cloud in education

The February #cloudchat focused on how cloud computing is changing education. Our panelists included experts from Georgia State University, George Mason University, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Executive Corner: Why cloud computing is simply good IT – an interview with Mike Hill, VP of Enterprise Initiatives

One aspect of my day job that I really enjoy is meeting with “strategic thought leaders.” I recently met with Mike Hill, who currently is Vice President of Enterprise Initiatives for IBM and previously was IBM’s Vice President of Business Transformation and CIO (see below for Mike’s biography). As you all know, cloud computing is getting a lot of attention from senior business and IT leaders these days. I asked Mike to tell me where our customers are seeing value in cloud computing and where it is being dismissed as the latest fad.

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