Part 2 of 3: Doug Clark, IBM UKI Cloud Computing Leader, in conversation with Sam Garforth

In this three-part blog post, Doug Clark and I had a conversation on 4 May 2012 about his views on cloud in the IT industry and his role within it. It was my goal to learn more about the business aspects of cloud and whether there are geographical differences in its adoption.

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Doug Clark, IBM UKI Cloud Computing Leader, in conversation with Sam Garforth

In this three-part blog post, Doug Clark and I had a conversation on 4 May 2012 about his views on cloud in the IT industry and his role within it. It was my goal to learn more about the business aspects of cloud and whether there are geographical differences in its adoption.

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BYOD: The landscape and security risks a CIO should consider

Nowadays society can’t go more than five minutes without using their mobile devices to check email, Facebook, or their favorite application. As a result, increasing numbers of employees are bringing their own smartphones and tablets to work, and for internal IT, this provides many challenges.

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Invitation: June 27th/28th IBM SmartCloud Enterprise Developers Group Virtual Meeting

The next SmartCloud Enterprise Developers Group virtual meeting will take place June 28, 11 a.m. ET, or June 28, 9 a.m. Beijing time.

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Overview: Data encryption in SaaS applications

Most SaaS providers claim to provide encryption, but typically only the transmission is encrypted using SSL. Although this standard technology provides a good protection of transmission data, the usage data that is stored in the cloud platform does not get so much attention.

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DevOps and the cloud

One of the hot topics around these days in IT is DevOps. But what is it exactly, why would I want it, and if so, how do I get it? This blog posting discusses these three questions; it’s up to you to decide when you start using it.

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June #cloudchat recap: Cloud and SMBs

This month's chat focused on cloud & SMBs, and featured analyst Laurie McCabe and IBMers Ed Abrams and Chester Karwatowski. Next month's chat will take place July 12 from 4-5 p.m. ET.

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The uncertainty factor of running jobs in a cloud

No matter what you call it, how you paint it, or what you think causes it; the issue remains: it is difficult to predict when your job will complete in a public cloud environment.

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Forget the IT department — we need an SI department

However, it got me thinking – what if we applied the same kind of thinking to an IT service management (ITSM) model, what would the post-cloud world look like?

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A future historian tells us the path to cloud computing

Back in the 2000s, the cloud was first conceived as a pay-by-the-hour idea, and was born in the habit of borrowing computer resources and paying according to consumption.

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June #cloudchat: Cloud for SMBs

This month's chat will take place on Thursday, June 14, from 4-5 p.m. ET. Any business with an IT component can benefit from the flexibility and cost savings offered by cloud computing. But SMBs receive unique advantages from implementing a cloud solution.

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Metering in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning

One of the messages behind cloud computing is pay-per-use: The adoption of a virtualized, standardized, self service and automated environment should include the possibility to be charged only for the used resources. IBM SmartCloud Provisioning offers the messages of low complexity, low administration and ease of use.

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