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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Multi-customer, multi-tenancy considerations

Multi-tenancy in cloud service models implies a need for policy-driven enforcement, segmentation, isolation, governance, service levels and chargeback billing models for various consumer constituencies. Consumers might use a public cloud provider’s service offerings or actually might be from the same organization, such as separate business units rather than distinct organizational entities, but still share infrastructure. […]

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Implementation considerations for public cloud

When you think about using public cloud solutions for key pieces of business functionality consider several things prior to moving the workload to a public cloud. First, consider the application integration requirements with workloads that exist in the traditional data center. This means selecting the right workload for the public cloud environments. Organizations should engage […]

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Linux security enhancements on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise

Takeaway: Operating system images available in IBM SmartCloud Enterprise are more tightly secured than “out-of-the-box” installations. When you install Red Hat or SUSE Linux from scratch, you get an operational Linux server that is reasonably secure. However, widely accepted best practice suggests that you should take time to further lock down the security of that […]

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Partnering with IBM in cloud computing

Cloud computing is rapidly growing with solutions at the infrastructure, platform, and application services. IBM Cloud Computing Specialty enables the business partner ecosystem to participate in this multi-billion dollar emerging global market. IBM Cloud Computing Specialty accelerates business partner cloud solutions by targeted enablement including training, assessment, and business development workshops. Additionally, the program also […]

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Apple’s iCloud: Why should we care?

In the technology world, cloud computing seems to be the new black. This was recently underlined by Apple’s announcement of iCloud at their recent developer. This could be considered great news for the Cloud industry. You know you’ve arrived as an industry when a consumer giant like Apple brings the concept to the consumer space […]

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#cloudchat Recap: “Security”

Thanks to everyone that contributed to #cloudchat this week and our special guest, Harold Moss.   Security is always a popular and interesting topic that often makes the headlines for the wrong reasons. If you missed this months #cloudchat don’t forget you can always catch up here and join us for the next one, August […]

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