automation

A practical guide to platform as a service: PaaS benefits and characteristics

One of the major benefits of platform as a service (PaaS) is its ability to improve a developer’s productivity. PaaS provides direct support for business agility by enabling rapid development with faster and more frequent delivery of functionality. It does this through continuous integration techniques and automatic application deployment. PaaS also enables developers to realize […]

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10 ways DevOps can help you automate in the cloud

By Mihai Criveti and Catalin Rusu As cloud adoption and born-on-cloud applications are on the rise, we need to change and accelerate the way we develop, test and manage software, and move toward software-defined infrastructure. While most businesses have established processes and tools for software development, aspects such as QA, technical debt management and operations automation […]

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Automation: You don’t call an operator to send a text message

Technology has progressed immensely in the last 50 years. I remember my parents saying that placing a telephone call initially required you calling a switchboard operator who would stick a pair of plugs into jacks in order to connect two parties. Fast-forward 30 years and mobile phones became very popular. Their use expanded beyond just […]

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Five reasons to migrate your physical environment to cloud computing

Moving to a cloud environment can have numerous benefits, including standardization, self service, virtualization and automation.

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One development team’s journey into DevOps (Part 1)

This post talks about changing behaviors rather than just building automation with DevOps.

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Tivoli Service Automation Manager 7.2.2 makes life easier for cloud service providers

As mentioned by Marcela Adan in her blog post “Integrated service management for cloud: The heart of the IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform,” Tivoli Service Automation Manager (as part of IBM Service Delivery Manager) is the heart of the “manage” pillar of IBM Cloud Service Provider Platform. According to my personal experience, it is also the core of several IBM private and public cloud implementations all over the world.

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Does my cloud have the flu? IT security check-up in the cloud

Security health checking is an important IT security process. The question is how can the security requirements of customers be implemented effectively in the cloud environment? How can human interaction with the cloud avoided completely or to a large extend?

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Tivoli Service Automation Manager 7.2.2 makes life easier for cloud service providers

In my previous blog posts (“Does IBM use cloud?” and “Transforming a local economy with cloud computing”), I described two cloud computing solutions that take advantage of Tivoli Service Automation Manager to automate service delivery. As mentioned by Marcela Adan in her blog post “Integrated service management for cloud: The heart of the IBM Cloud […]

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Business Process as a Service (BPaaS) delivered from the cloud

Note: Over the next two weeks, we'll be posting one blog per day from our top 10 "greatest hits" from Thoughts on Cloud since we launched in September. This post was originally published on Nov. 8.

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Successful cloud service provider: Requirements (Part 1 of 2)

What are the requirements for a cloud provider to become successful, to manage effectively client expectation, ensure the required service level agreement, and at the same time manage a cloud environment?

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ITIL and cloud series: Beyond the books, ITIL value and cloud implications

In my previous blog, “ITIL 2011 speaks about cloud computing. Is this enough?” I reported how the recent 2011 version of ITIL speaks about cloud computing and realized we definitely need to try to go beyond the official books. With this and future blogs I will try to contribute with some ideas and statements, which are my own and not necessarily best practices.

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IBM at Cloud Leadership Forum

Want to understand the impact of Cloud on business continuity and resiliency, know more about what IBM is seeing in Cloud or have a general or specific Cloud question? Join IBM at Cloud Leadership Forum 2011. IBM speakers and presenters will be covering the below topics and more in workshop sessions plus demonstrations. Using the […]

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