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.
With this and the next blog I would like to stimulate your thinking around the cloud service strategy and cloud service design phases, and also describe some of the experiences we've had and methodology that we normally use with clients.
Neil Weightman attended this IBM event on Thursday 17 November 2011. I hadn't previously been to the Institute of Directors (http://www.iod.com/), the venue for this event, but it has an unbelievably prestigious location in Central London on Pall Mall, just next to The Mall, which has some famous residents, most notably Elizabeth Windsor.
If I look at some of my own personal data that I've accumulated over the years, for example - my contacts - I can tell you that I have that sort of information stored in at least three places: on my phone, on my computer, or written down somewhere. I can also safely say that there's a great deal of overlap between each of these sources, and also a great deal of inconsistency.
Most of the cloud discussions happening today are related to large enterprises because they can gain significant benefits from the cloud environment. What about government, its institutions and agencies? Can the cloud model become a model for them, influence the way they work, their operations, and their efficiency? Will the government adopt a cloud model?
There is no denying it: companies are either moving to the cloud or thinking about it. But the choices are many and most companies are still experimenting on what will work best for them. Questions are being asked: Will the Cloud integrate properly with traditional IT? Will we succeed in keeping control of our workloads, data, and costs? What are the long-term benefits of the cloud? Those are huge questions yet to be answered.
In my previous life as system management specialist, I often happened to warn my customers about “infrastructure management noise,” an issue arising from setting too many monitor thresholds and generating therefore large volumes of events, which makes difficult to identify real problems. You often end up with so many alarms that people simply start to ignore them.
Today, a desktop cloud can consist of various technologies. There are different technologies for delivering the actual desktop, providing the applications, or organizing the underlying infrastructure such as storage. A good desktop cloud solution is a well designed combination of those technologies to support the needed requirements. In today's article, I want to briefly discuss the various technologies, and explain what they can do and what they can't.
One of the key features of a customized cloud solution is the ability to integrate with other companies to create cross-company services. In this example, we are integrating with an external customer for on-boarding service and an external marketplace.