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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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The pros and cons of cloud computing

Every place you look, you read about cloud computing. It’s coming. It’s here. You need it. If you don’t take advantage of it, you could be left behind. Some folks believe it’s the future. They point to the explosion of mobile computing as a catalyst for cloud computing. They talk about the growth of born […]

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The pros and cons of cloud computing

Every place you look, you read about cloud computing. It’s coming. It’s here. You need it. If you don’t take advantage of it, you could be left behind. Some folks believe it’s the future. They point to the explosion of mobile computing as a catalyst for cloud computing. They talk about the growth of born […]

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Embrace the cloud: Three reasons why you should adapt

There’s a lot of pressure on IT these days. Business asks for more capabilities on more platforms. Finance is demanding that you cut costs. With the emphasis on cost cutting, we tend to focus on the short term and not think about the long-term implications of the decision to move to cloud computing. With the […]

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What is IBM Bluemix?

“A platform where developers can act like kids in a sandbox—except this box is enterprise-grade.” Now that IBM Bluemix is open to general availability, let’s take a look at some of the features and benefits of the service. Platform as a service (PaaS) is a service model where providers deliver not only infrastructure but also […]

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How I learned to stop worrying and love the cloud

I’m worried. I’m worried about how we’re going to keep up with our competitors.  I’m worried about how we can keep up with the rapid changes in the marketplace. I’m worried about how we can contain costs while providing the appropriate level of service to our sales, marketing, engineering and human resource organizations. Our business […]

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Building on SoftLayer’s cloud (while flying through one)

I’m part of a Cloud infrastructure Team that has deployed multiple IBM software as a service (SaaS) offerings leveraging the cost effectiveness, flexibility and power of cloud computing.  What is particularly unique about this new breed of offerings is that they are powered by the incredibly versatile SoftLayer cloud. With an accelerated timeline and a […]

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Behind SoftLayer’s new Hong Kong data center

In January 2014, IBM announced an investment of $1.2 billion in expanding their global cloud footprint. This journey begins with the opening of a new SoftLayer data center in Hong Kong (the first one for the year). Hong Kong is a strategic market for IBM with a strong customer base. IBM is focusing on catering […]

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What’s behind SoftLayer’s cloud infrastructure?

Since IBM acquired SoftLayer last summer, I’ve been asked many questions about its cloud infrastructure. Most of these questions refer to what they have and how they achieved this massive growth. SoftLayer has more than 100,000 servers used by more than 21,000 customers and over 22,000,000 domains. This chart from Hostcabi.net illustrates the top 15 […]

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High performance computing on SoftLayer

“It’s alive!” I think most of us have seen the movie Young Frankenstein, where Gene Wilder exclaims this over his creation. The simple act of breathing is a key capability that enables us to live and adapt to our environment. When we need more air, we breathe harder. When we are sleeping, we breath slower. That ability […]

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Integration and cloud: A new chapter in a long story

Sometimes a whole new way of doing things comes along and changes your world. At IBM Pulse 2014 and dev@pulse, Jerry Cuomo showed how IBM is solving the new challenges to integration posed by the adoption of cloud architectures. Integration: Always the same, always changing I’ve been working on integration for a while now. The […]

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Cloud’s impact on programming models: Cloud-provided services

Rene continues with the third installment in his six-part series by digging into cloud-provided services.

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