IBM Pulse 2012 Conference summary

Pulse 2012 gave customers four days of sessions focused on Cloud, Mobility, Smarter Physical Infrastructure, Security and Compliance, and Service Assurance. The Cloud and the DevOps story provided at Pulse gave customers and IBM Business Partners an in-depth view of how IBM solutions could help solve real world challenges.

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Development and Test Cloud: What’s it like to use?

IBM has an internal system, called the DST (Development and Support Team) CIO (Chief Information Officer) Dev & Test Cloud. This is an internal implementation of an IBM product named the Smart Business Development and Test Cloud. Fortunately, my fellow thoughtsoncloud.com blogger, Chris Dotson (@crdotson on Twitter), is a Manager of this service and was able to set me up with an account.

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China’s Plan: What does it mean to cloud computing?

In “Cloud computing in China,” I discussed the general picture of cloud computing in China using two examples in Beijing and Chongqing. In this follow-up, I would like to put Cloud Computing in a broader context of the grand plan for the five-year period, from 2011 to 2015.

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Don’t miss the network sizing

Overview of important considerations for a successful virtual desktop deployment.

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Let’s talk about cloud — seriously!

Today, I would like to discuss this topic from a slightly different angle. As you might know, clouds are organized in layers. Let's discuss these layers and how they affect us.

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5 things to consider before using cloud services

Cloud application providers promise ease of use, cost savings and innovative solutions. Typically you are only a few mouse clicks away from getting a free trial account and with several more clicks you will be able to sign up for a license. But wait! There are a number of aspects to consider. Let’s discuss the most important ones (I am sure there are much more and depending on the scenario others might be more important – so please feel free to add your thoughts as a comment).

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User Experience: How easy is it to deploy hundreds of VMs in a minute?

A couple of months ago, I heard about IBM SmartCloud Provisioning under the code name HSLT: High Scale, Low Touch provisioning engine. This product is all about bringing a true “as a service” approach into the infrastructure world. That’s what the brochure says anyway.

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Help! My corporate data is on the loose!

Over the last years, public cloud storage services have gained enormous popularity. The services pop up like mushrooms: companies such as Dropbox, Box.net, SkyDrive, SugerSync, Syncplicity, and many more.

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Ways to create images on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise

There are multiple ways to create an image on the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise and this is what I'll explain in this blog topic. We have first to distinguish two main streams: first, import an image from your own premises, and second, build an image based on the instance created on the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise platform.

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Database design for multi-tenancy on the cloud

In this blog entry, I concentrate on the data layer, and specifically, I provide the considerations required if you are using DB2 as your database server of choice.

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Keeping one eye open: Monitoring on IBM SmartCloud

IBM SmartCloud Monitoring provides event management and analytics for private cloud environments. It includes information about both physical and virtual infrastructure components that cloud administrators can use to optimize their private cloud hardware.

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Interview with Portal Cloud Lead Developer Paul Kelsey (Part 3 of 3)

Final installment of a Q&A with IBM portal cloud lead developer Paul Kelsey.

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