Building your cloud using IBM hardware and software (Part 3 of 3) – Test and Use

Part 3 of the three-part blog series defines IBM Tivoli Service Automation Manager and Tivoli Directory Server user roles, provides an example of the cloud provisioning process and a list of sample exercises the user can do to test the implementation, and shows you some general hints and tips we learned in implementing the project.

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Executive Corner: Interview with Technical Leader for Cloud, John Easton (Part 2 of 3)

Neil Weightman interviewed John Easton recently. The discussion concentrated on the future of IT departments, how organizations need to change to embrace cloud, the legacy of grid computing, and how customers are currently engaging with cloud.

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Is ITSM (as we know it) over when I move into the cloud?

IT service management (ITSM) projects could be long and painful, so hey, why don't we move everything to the cloud and forget about ITIL? Well, it ain't that easy. After all the initial hype, and even when there might be some confusion around it, seems cloud computing is here, not only to stay, but to change some of the game rules.

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Migration to cloud: It is all about workloads

Three years ago, when everybody started talking about cloud computing, every application and system seemed to be a good candidate to be migrated to the cloud. It was a time when few really understood the implications of migrating business applications and data to the cloud… or maybe the hype of cloud computing eclipsed any possible drawback.

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Successful cloud service provider: Requirements (Part 1 of 2)

What are the requirements for a cloud provider to become successful, to manage effectively client expectation, ensure the required service level agreement, and at the same time manage a cloud environment?

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Why IBM as a cloud solution provider?

Some months ago I was invited to a round-table conference organized by a French IT magazine “01 Informatique.” During the cocktail hour, a customer asked me the following question: Can you explain why working with IBM rather than any other provider is beneficial?

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Service management for hybrid clouds

I believe that hybrid clouds will be the future of cloud computing. There are a couple of workloads that are perfectly suited for the deployment in pure private or public environments.

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#cloudchat: December chat recap

This month's chat focused on cloud computing's major highlights in 2011 and expected developments in 2012 and beyond. Our panel included analysts Judith Hurwitz, Srini Chari and Amy Wohl, as well as IBM VP Software Standards & Cloud Angel Luis Diaz.

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Going for a near 100% non-persistent VDI environment

Virtual desktop infrastructure, or better known as VDI, has been around for some years know. The technology, in my opinion, has been promising from the start. Although VDI has seen a very slow start and an even slower market penetration, now it is finally picking up. Let's assume we want to go for a VDI environment. What are the obstacles to look out for?

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Eight things worth considering before building your first private cloud (Part 1 of 3)

I’ve been working for almost a year on private cloud projects and in this job I had the opportunity to implement various cloud solutions. It’s funny to see that on each project, the same questions come back. In this list of recurrent topics, I picked out for you the top 8 subjects I consider most important to discuss before implementing anything.

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Event Report: Calgary IBM Cloud Symposium – 29 Nov 2011

The IBM Cloud Symposium was held at the TELUS Convention Centre in Calgary on November 29, 2011. The event was free and I estimate was attended by approximately 80 people. Here’s a summary of the key messages I heard throughout the day.

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Cloud computing in China

I visited two cities in China, Chongqing (重庆), and Beijing (北京) in October for personal purposes. Both cities are Municipalitites directly under the central government (or Municipality in short). Beijing is the capital. Chongqing was promoted to the Municipality status only 14 years ago in 1997, but its estimated GDP in 2010 had already grown to 723 billion RMB yuan (or $114 billion), more than half of Beijing’s GDP the same year.

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