#Cloudchat: December chat will recap cloud computing in 2011, look forward to 2012 and beyond

The time has come for analysts, pundits, bloggers and media to publish their “2011 in review” reports. It’s been an interesting year in all respects, but particularly for cloud computing. For our final #cloudchat of 2011, we’ve lined up an all-star—and we mean all-star—panel to look back at 2011 and tell us what’s next for cloud in 2012.

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Building your cloud using IBM hardware and software (Part 2 of 3) – Implement

Part 2 of the three-part blog series provides information about installing and configuring the cloud software components, postinstallation activities, and special features of the installed software.

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IT security processes overview and cloud

IT security concerns are one major hindrance why IBM’s commercial customers hesitate to embrace emerging cloud technologies. A good method to address those concerns is to evaluate each IBM global IT security process one by one and to compare the process execution in the traditional IT environment with the same in the cloud environment: If the processes are executed in a similar fashion or as documented deviations with correct acceptances of the related risks, there is no objection from the IT security process perspective to use cloud solutions.

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Introducing IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ (Part 2 of 2)

This is the second part of the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ blog entry with details about the service offering, features and functions, migration strategy to move workloads into the environment, and more interesting things that IBM is planning to add in the near future.

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Four reasons why I hate IaaS

Like many of you, I wear a lot of hats. I think we all know that people, in general, don’t like change. Today, I’ll be wearing my System Administrator hat, and explaining why, as a sysadmin, I hate the cloud – private cloud, public cloud, all of them – and specifically the infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offerings.

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UP Conference pre-conference thoughts

The UP 2011 Cloud Computing Conference is occurring in Northern California from December 5 through December 9. I look forward to attending the conference because I believe it will have a lot of valuable information about how the latest trends and innovations in cloud can immediately solve business challenges.

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Data resiliency on the cloud

The major providers in the cloud space, such as Amazon, Rackspace, and IBM, include resiliency mechanisms that ensure data is not lost in the case of an infrastructure outage, at least to satisfy the levels of business continuity established in their service level agreements (SLAs). Some cloud providers also offer services that give users the ability to create private images, and snapshots of the instances and storage they provisioned for added safety from data loss. However, none of these prevent database outages.

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SmartCloud Provisioning

When optimizing traditional IT with private cloud technology, one of the operational benefits IT organizations look for is the ability to provision key business services in hours instead of weeks or months.

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What’s so funny ’bout trust, insight, and understanding

Within my previous article in this blog about the term of cloud computing in general, I mentioned that cloud computing comes in different flavors depending on how you look at it, and what is in it for you. Ah – let's stop here – so what really is in it for you? That's a good question! Depending on whom you ask, you often would hear something like "you can turn your captial expenses into operational expenses (CAPEX to OPEX)," or "you can decrease your time to market by leveraging rapid deployment of needed infrastructure for your projects," or "you can optimize your server utilization," or, or...

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Attention CxOs: What’s your cloud adoption strategy?

“Cloud” is one of the 2011 top technology priorities. Its self-service, rapid scaling, and “pay-as-you-go” characteristics appeal to a wide audience of business and technology executives. When deciding where to run your applications – public, private, hybrid, infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and software as a service (SaaS) cloud deployment models expand the choices available to you.

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Event Report: The 8th Cloud Circle Forum

Neil Weightman attended this event, organized by The Cloud Circle on Thursday 24 November 2011.

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Introduction to the RESTful API of IBM SmartCloud Enterprise

The IBM SmartCloud Enterprise RESTful API follows the RESTful principle. It is based on HTTP request using the GET, POST, PUT, and DELETE methods to take actions on the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise platform. RESTful APIs are web-services and thus are often used in a SOA environment, nevertheless some scripting techniques, using for example cURL, are well adapted to use a RESTful API.

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