Do you have a self-healing cloud?

Recently, a business analyst shared her organization’s experience replacing its Human Resources (HR) application. She went on to tell me that the “Cloud HR application was self-healing.” I was amused with her statement and asked her to explain it.

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Above the hypervisor: File system encryption on SmartCloud Enterprise

If your job description requires you to store sensitive information of any sort on your work laptop or desktop computer, chances are your company security policy requires you to keep your fixed or removable disk storage encrypted. And if you’re particularly worried about the privacy of the data on your personal computer, for example your bank records, you might even keep your personal computer encrypted. But have you thought about encrypting your instances in a public cloud?

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Private cloud: The new data center

It is not a very big effort to add private cloud capabilities to today's data centers. Every virtualized server farm can be equipped with a cloud computing layer that handles the user interaction, and the provisioning and deprovisioning of virtual servers. So, it is quite easy to adapt to this new technology.

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March #cloudchat: IBM Watson and the cloud

This month’s #cloudchat on March 8 from 4-5 p.m. ET will take a look at Watson’s journey over the past year and what’s in store for the future, as it leverages big data analytics and the cloud to solve real-world problems (learn about how Watson is working in healthcare: http://bit.ly/z7oAgv and the banking industry: http://ibm.co/xNa6Jy).

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xCloud at IBM Pulse 2012

The xCloud environment is one where customers can get hands-on experience with IBM’s Deployment Planning, Automation and Governance solution. This solution helps customers improve the processes between development and operations.

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Cloud for Everyman

There is a lot of discussion here about cloud for business, but what about cloud for Everyman – the average Joe – the man on the street? How will cloud computing change life for the average person? In short, cloud has already changed things significantly, and will continue to have an impact on our lives for years to come.

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Big data analytics on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise

I find it fascinating the idea that anyone can potentially discover something very interesting with huge repercussions using these new technologies enabled with cloud computing. We are on the verge of many breakthroughs, thanks to these technnologies. For example, back in October 2011, I read an article in a newspaper in Toronto about a curious discovery made about the March 2011 Japan earthquake.

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Three ways the cloud will mess with your business processes

In our last installment, I wore my system administrator hat and tried to explain why system administrators might be resistant to the types of change that infrastructure as a service can cause. As an equal opportunity annoyer, I will pick on the business managers today.

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Interview with Portal Cloud Lead Developer Paul Kelsey (Part 2 of 3)

Part two of Fang Feng's interview with Paul Kelsey, discussing WebSphere, IBM Workload Deployer, Amazon, Salesforce, and more.

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Decentralized control in IBM SmartCloud Provisioning

IBM SmartCloud Provisioning is designed to minimize the use of a centralized “command and control” approach, in favor of scale-out management, where endpoints can participate in management activities and do not depend on a single configuration management database.

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Eight things worth considering before building your first private cloud (Part 3 of 3)

In this three-part series, we look at what to consider in the early phases of a private cloud project. We already talked about virtualization, automation, self-service, and chargeback. In this last part, we will see how important it is to keep in mind subjects such as monitoring, compliance, backup, and security too.

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Creating custom images on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise

When leveraging a public cloud environment, one of the largest challenges is ensuring the service catalog has images and software bundles that meet your business needs. The ability to create your own custom image templates and load them into a public cloud environment is a huge value. IBM SmartCloud Enterprise provides several methods for customizing images.

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