Cloud performance management considerations

Cloud computing introduces some unique challenges when it comes to performance management. Because the infrastructure your application runs on is more dynamic and elastic in a cloud solution, there are significantly more factors that need to be considered when managing the performance of such applications. Although the elastic nature of the environment is a major […]

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IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform pumps new life into old networks

The IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform offers an end-to-end cloud computing solution portfolio specifically designed for CSPs. The IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform is a carrier-grade, advanced, reliable, highly secure, and scalable platform for creating, managing, and monetizing cloud services, and that provides the following benefits:

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Image template considerations for cloud service catalog

When building a cloud environment, one of the most important things to consider is what images will be in the service catalog. Many times, business requirements drive more variations of software configurations and operating system versions, which quickly can cause several derivatives of a base image, and ultimately virtual image sprawl. In turn, this can […]

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IBM SmartCloud Executive Corner: Interview with Craig Sowell, IBM Marketing Director of Cloud Computing (Part 2 of 2)

Vasfi Gucer interviewed Craig Sowell, IBM Marketing Director of Cloud Computing. Below is a transcript of the second part of their conversation. You can access Part 1 of this interview here. Vasfi Gucer:    What are the considerations for migrating applications from a private traditional IT environment to a private or public cloud environment? Craig Sowell:   […]

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IBM SmartCloud Executive Corner: Interview with Craig Sowell, IBM Marketing Director of Cloud Computing (Part 1 of 2)

Vasfi Gucer interviewed Craig Sowell, IBM Marketing Director of Cloud Computing. Below is a transcript of the first part of their conversation. You can access Part 2 of this interview here. Vasfi Gucer:    There are many cloud options available today. To set the stage for our discussion, can you summarize the deployment and service options […]

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August #cloudchat recap

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The new “C” in CSP: from communications to cloud service provider

I’m sure you’ve seen the estimates from analysts on public cloud market opportunity and expected growth. They vary depending on the study, but conservative numbers have the opportunity at $89 Billion in 2015. This prediction represents a 25% compound growth rate (CGR) for all public services. Analysis shows that the software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) […]

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IBM Cloud Computing Reference Architecture: what’s in it for me?

Let me start by sharing a real story with you, although it is a little bit embarrassing on my part. I joined IBM in 1989 as a young IT graduate. One of my first assignments was to present IBM’s networking products at a small local IT event, focusing on how those products conformed to open […]

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Turning products into cloud solutions

One challenge that many IT organizations undertake when looking at vendor-provided cloud products is determining which products best meets their business needs. After products have been chosen, it is another effort to turn the vendor-provided products into cloud solutions that meet the business needs of the organization. Going through this process for a number of […]

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#Cloudchat: August 11 chat to cover open standards

Our third #cloudchat next Thursday, August 11, at 4 p.m. ET will focus on open standards. For this #cloudchat, we wanted to dive into these issues like interoperability, hybrid cloud, security, and compliance in detail. The Twitter chat will be held in a panel-style discussion, featuring Andrew Watson, VP and Technical Director of Object Management […]

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Show me the numbers! Show me the value!

There is no question that besides security, cost is a key factor in major decisions in environments; and why would that be any different for the cloud? If at all, it would be the deciding factor for most cases, especially in this day and age. So, with that in mind, what are the factors to […]

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ITIL and cloud combination: bread and butter or oil and water?

Whenever I think about ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library), I remember the glaciers that I was not able to thoroughly enjoy on my Alaska cruise back in 2006. Because of a last-minute change in the exam date, my ITIL V2 Manager Exam was scheduled to be right after the day I was returning from my […]

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