APIs

Exposing enterprise services using web API management solutions from IBM

Web application programming interfaces (APIs) are quickly establishing a mainstream position in the marketplace. As with any other business access route, the web API channel has to be secure and managed to ensure the necessary level of technical and business control. The purpose of this blog post is to provide a brief overview of the […]

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Top 5 advantages of running HPC in IBM SoftLayer cloud

High-performance computing (HPC) has always been seen as a dedicated, on-premises computing environment. Now with a flexible and powerful cloud infrastructure, IBM SoftLayer can change the game and make HPC in cloud a valuable option. In the last few weeks, I discussed this topic with multiple customers, so I wanted to share the five main […]

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Managed cloud vs. unmanaged cloud infrastructure

Cloud computing has radically changed the way information technology (IT) works, enabling a smarter business and a new infrastructure delivery model. Organizations willing to run their resources on the cloud will eventually have to decide whether they want to use a managed or unmanaged infrastructure as a service (IaaS) delivery model. Each company’s choice depends on […]

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Workload mobility can spur contestability of IaaS cloud services

Today, enterprises can have an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) cloud on premises, off premises or both—the combination is known as a hybrid cloud environment. There are many choices for off-premises IaaS cloud choices, such as IBM SoftLayer, Rackspace, Amazon Web Services Elastic Cloud 2 and Google Compute Engine. An organization’s information technology (IT) department […]

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Are containers the future of hybrid clouds?

I recently stumbled across the following video from James Bottomley, a Linux Kernel developer working for Parallels. It’s a very good explanation of container technology and how it will be integrated in OpenStack: What really caught my attention was the part about hybrid clouds. Looking a bit closer at containers in a hybrid cloud environment reveals […]

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Hybrid clouds: Should you bring on the moving van?

As the drumbeat for hybrid cloud gets louder, more and more questions are emerging. Can I move my application to a hybrid cloud? What do I need to consider and what challenges will need to be addressed? As an architect with over a decade of experience designing client applications of different types, I thought I […]

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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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The four tenets of cloud computing

I develop technical training course content for IBM Lab Services and Training cloud computing curriculum. In the beginning level courses, I assume attendees have no previous background in cloud computing. It helps to talk about simple things that students can memorize and use as the base to learn more complex concepts of cloud computing. I […]

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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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Top 5 benefits of IBM Bluemix

As part of the roll out of Bluemix, IBM is hosting many educational events about this new cloud platform. One of these events is the Bluemix workshop that I recently had the opportunity to attend. The workshop is very hands-on and takes you through how to create and manage a Bluemix application. This workshop provided […]

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Reimagining enterprise IT in the social, mobile age with open cloud

I believe the enterprise IT application delivery model as it exists today in many organizations is broken. With the advent of cloud, social and mobile, it requires new thinking. Users seem to agree as shadow IT has grown exponentially in recent years. The advisory firm CEB estimates that 40 percent of all IT spending at […]

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