API

Jumpgate: SoftLayer’s free library for OpenStack cloud compatibility

Nathan Beittenmiller explains in a recent blog entry that Jumpgate, a free and open source library, provides a compatibility layer between the OpenStack Application Programming Interface (API) and a proprietary API. Jumpgate does a decent job of translating the IBM SoftLayer proprietary API as OpenStack API, which means that now SoftLayer can be easily used as […]

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A brief history of composition (and why it still matters)

Professionals in the software engineering field have long recognized that software maintenance is the largest component of the total cost involved in building and running any application over a period of time. In response, the information technology (IT) industry has pursued the idea of services as a way to encapsulate reusable units of business functionality, […]

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IBM SoftLayer storage options: Which choice is best for you?

By Phillip Trent, Jr., Stephen Holt, and Santhosh Reddy Storage is an essential element of nearly every cloud hosted application. Collected data is a valuable resource that needs to be stored in a safe and secure manner. As application usage scales, data storage capacity must be able to grow as well. IBM SoftLayer provides industry-leading […]

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Are you moving your outsourcing to the cloud?

If your company is currently in an outsourcing engagement, the cloud conversation is going to start soon (if it hasn’t already). Cloud-based content in outsourcing contracts is expected to grow to 50 percent by 2017. Let’s explore some of the key aspects to consider when moving to the cloud with your outsourcing partner. Starting the […]

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IBM Bluemix: The right place to play with hybrid

The interest around hybrid cloud has been rising, but many companies have a low level of confidence about moving workloads to the cloud. There are a lot of factors to be discussed around this issue, but I agree with IBM SoftLayer CEO and Founder Lance Crosby, who said that hybrid cloud represents the best of […]

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The Internet of Things grows as developers create solutions

Not long ago, the Internet of Things (IoT) was a “future” technology. But technology moves fast and consumers have been clamoring for ways to make their hectic lives easier and more connected. IoT has become the next developer frontier, and that frontier is being settled quickly. It’s become mainstream enough that both Evans Data and […]

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What is the SoftLayer API, and how can you take advantage of it?

Before we cover the IBM SoftLayer API, it is important to understand the basic concept of an application programming interface (API). You can use an API to interact with a system without needing to understand how the system works or what technology was developed. In general, with an API you can create a collection of […]

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Getting to know IBM Service Engage

As part of a broader move to the cloud, IBM Service Engage provides a set of services that can help you manage your cloud and on-premises applications and optimize IT and service management. IBM Service Engage aims to go beyond providing fast, simple and cost-effective solutions to manage a cloud environment; it also offers a […]

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How to avoid the Vasa syndrome on your next cloud journey – Part 2

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin Photo courtesy of Peter Isotalo and is reproduced with permission under the GFDL. Known challenge: When excessive technology leads to opportunities for innovation Vasa: In the 1500s and early 1600s, the cannons […]

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So, you have a SoftLayer account. Now what?

Congratulations! You just created your account for SoftLayer, an IBM company, and you now have access to the premier cloud platform from IBM. Now that you have received your login credentials, there are a few things that you should consider before you start creating servers and other services. Most have to do with the security […]

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What’s new with IBM Watson in the cloud?

There has been a lot of talk about the cloud and very little about IBM Watson, though it is of equal importance in terms of technological advancement. In the first part of this series, I will elaborate on IBM Watson before looking at how these two technologies are a perfect fit for one another. Some […]

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The future of cloud computing: 5 predictions

There is a wealth of chatter and hype around the cloud right now, especially as more startups continue to go public. Separating the hype and fleeting trends from the reality is often difficult. That said, here are my top five cloud predictions for the coming years: 1. More application availability on the cloud With most new software being […]

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