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.
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.
The purpose of this post is to share what I learned during the three days at the IBM Cloud Computing Technical Symposium, held from November 28 to 30 in Darmstadt, a nice town close to Frankfurt, Germany. Because it is not possible to summarize the content of 120 parallel sessions in one blog entry, this post highlights several key messages I caught in the sessions I attended.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...