applications

What is software-defined networking?

Many people have heard the term “software-defined networking,” or SDN. Fewer people understand, in practical terms, what SDN can do for them. In this post, I provide a brief introduction to SDN and describe what it can do for you in the cloud. Perhaps the key advantage of the cloud is that is allows you […]

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Should you move your existing applications to the cloud?

There are many factors to consider when determining whether or not to migrate your existing applications into a cloud hosted environment. Not all applications can necessarily thrive in a cloud environment, so a careful analysis of the application and any benefits is needed. Here are a few topics to keep in mind: Identity management Where […]

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Three tools to work with IBM Bluemix

IBM Bluemix is an open-standards, cloud-based platform for building, managing and running apps of all types. This includes apps for web and mobile, and those that tap into big data. In this blog post, I will introduce you to three tools you can use to work with Bluemix. After creating your applications in Bluemix, you […]

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You’ve deployed your application in IBM Bluemix—now what?

IBM Bluemix is an environment for you to develop and deploy your own applications. But what happens when you deploy applications on Bluemix? How does Bluemix manage the deployment of applications? In this blog post, I will help you unveil the mystery. Bluemix is designed to build on Cloud Foundry open source technology. Bluemix is […]

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The why, what and how of IBM Bluemix

Bluemix is the IBM answer to the disruption in platform as a service (PaaS) cloud computing space. But why do we see so much focus on Bluemix or offerings in the same space such as EngineYard, Heroku or OpenShift? This is intriguing because a few analysts predicted this kind of demand coming in for a developer ecosystem. […]

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10 tips for adopting cloud computing

Cloud computing is here to stay and change the way we consume IT services. However, chief information officers (CIOs) and chief technology officers (CTOs) often feel overwhelmed by the amount of information available on the possibilities for cloud. There’s also the rushing from the financial people to deal with—all because they heard that cloud is […]

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Three entry points for the shift to SOE, SOR and SOI

The more I continue to assist large enterprises to implement cloud technology, the deeper I realize that migration of workloads and applications to cloud should not be considered in isolation. I clearly see that the rush toward enabling cloud, analytics, mobile and social pushes businesses toward logical grouping of their IT landscape to Systems of Engagement (SOE), Systems of […]

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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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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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Cloud architecture for a highly resilient, always-on system

I recently studied a customer’s applications that supported online banking services for their consumers. They were recovering from an unexpected outage that brought down their online services systems for a period of time that impacted their customer satisfaction ratings. In an effort toward a flawless customer service rating, this financial institution desired to establish a […]

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Speaking to your city without looking nuts: Devices talking to devices

You may often have conversations in small groups, where you share your ideas about change or perhaps how you would have acted in a certain situation. Since the mass adoption of social media applications, rather than talking to these small groups about these issues, you can now have the feeling of sharing with millions of […]

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The rise of cloud-based IDEs: Q & A with IBM’s Ken Walker

Maybe it’s a little bit of manifest destiny, but I couldn’t help but notice that one of my new year’s predictions is already coming true: Namely that it’s only late February and I’m already seeing dev shops that are taking Cloud Integrated Development Environments (IDEs) seriously.

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