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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Cloud security considerations

When looking to move workload to cloud environments, most Chief Information Officers will say that security is the number one concern. To address those concerns, IT organizations must consider several aspects of security to ensure they do not put their organizations at risk as they explore cloud computing. Some of these concerns regarding security have […]

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#Cloudchat: Join us for our second Twitter chat July 14

Our second installment in the #cloudchat series will focus on a topic that came up as a top hindrance to cloud adoption in our last chat: security. This Thursday, July 14 at 4 p.m. EDT, we’ll discuss what questions you should be asking your cloud provider about security as well as how to implement a […]

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IBM Workload Deployer: Application-centric cloud platform (Part 2 of 3)

IBM Workload Deployer focuses on an application-centric model, defining virtual application patterns that incorporate capabilities such as autonomic scaling, caching, load balancing, and so on. It promotes the concept of deploying and managing your application workloads in a shared, self-managed environment rather than manually creating and managing the application middleware topologies. This concept promises to […]

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Data storage for IBM SmartCloud Enterprise

When a virtual machine (or instance) is run in the cloud, it can have two distinct types of storage available: Ephemeral storage is directly associated with each particular instance; it is created when the in-stance is first started, and goes away when the instance is deleted. It can be thought of as similar to the […]

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Demo: IBM SmartCloud Enterprise

I recently had the opportunity to try out the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise (formerly known as Smart Business Development & Test on the IBM Cloud), which is IBM’s public cloud offering. I was so impressed at the ease and speed of setting up a new virtual machine (VM) instance that I thought I’d share my experience. […]

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Cloud trends and happenings

I attended two cloud conferences in the Bay Area last week. Cloud Leadership Forum in Santa Clara and Structure in San Francisco. It was evident that cloud computing has taken center stage in the world of IT and come a long ways from being pie-in-the-sky. The who’s who in information technology was there, socializing their […]

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Considerations of designing public cloud solutions

When looking at the different public cloud offerings currently available in the marketplace it is easy to see why public cloud offerings are very attractive to business, but are slow to adopt since many of them require unique challenges to the traditional IT Services models. Like with any system, designing a system that ultimately meets […]

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Considerations of designing private cloud solutions

A private cloud solution is a cloud computing platform that is implemented within the corporate firewall, under the control of the IT department. A private cloud is designed to offer the same features and benefits of public cloud offerings, but removes a number of challenges of public cloud solutions including control over enterprise and customer […]

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