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Ottawa utility embraces cloud, aligning IT with business

When I joined Hydro Ottawa just over two years ago, it was my first foray into the energy and utility industry. My background was software and high tech, and coming from that industry, I was very familiar with cloud platforms. Business challenges in the public the energy and utility industry are similar to what the […]

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Clients embrace freedom on the cloud with IBM Spectrum Storage

It’s a truly exciting day for us at IBM Storage. Following a tremendous team effort that spanned months of arduous, diligent work, we took a significant step today announcing IBM Spectrum Storage. This comprehensive set of software defined storage (SDS) offerings is designed to give customers choice and flexibility as they deploy storage, especially for […]

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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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Should I move my application to hybrid cloud?

Should I move my application to a hybrid cloud? This is the question of the day. As hybrid cloud becomes the client and server, or service oriented architecture (SOA), of the 2010s, everyone is asking about trying cloud. As I covered in some previous Thoughts on Cloud blog posts, there are some fundamental structural aspects […]

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10 steps to understanding your IT before moving to cloud

Cloud may not be perfect for everything, but it certainly is applicable for everyone in various ways. I would like to start by saying that most businesses will move away from on premises in the future. Not all workloads from your business fit the cloud, but most companies can and should adopt cloud somehow. After […]

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Benefits and challenges of hybrid cloud: Use cases for System z

By Tarun Chopra, Hartmut Penner and Bob St. John Moving to a hybrid cloud model can provide a range of benefits—from shifting and reducing costs to driving innovation, increasing flexibility or speeding the deployment of new applications. But moving to hybrid model and deriving those benefits are not without their challenges, individually and collectively. So we’d like […]

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Enterprise hybrid computing with System z and SoftLayer

By Tarun Chopra, Hartmut Penner, Bob St. John, Stefano Delle Chiaie, Qi liang, and Saran K Bommakanti Cloud computing has gone mainstream and cloud services like infrastructure as a service, platform as a service and software as a service are becoming part of computing industry paradigm. According to Forrester, the public cloud market is expected […]

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Moving to the cloud with IBM SoftLayer

Moving projects to the cloud is something that many businesses are considering. SoftLayer, an IBM company, is an option for your clients to save some time and money when they want to launch a new system, especially when it is necessary to go through the whole development process to achieve the project. It is even […]

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How to explain private, public and hybrid cloud to your spouse

It’s a great thing that my wife is a good sport. This series started about two years ago when I set out to explain cloud computing to my wife (Part 1 and Part 2). Now that her knowledge of the basics has grown, I wanted to branch out and try to continue to describe some […]

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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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Why the contract between IT & the business needs resetting for cloud

This blog post is second in a series of articles on reimagining enterprise IT in the age of social and mobile with open cloud. The first introduced the scope of these posts looking at some of the challenges faced and potential solutions can be found here. In that first post I observed it is estimated […]

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How cloud computing helps businesses scale

Technology opens up enormous potential and speed in scaling a business. There are many examples of ideas that have scaled into million dollar businesses in a very short time. What are the fundamentals for scaling that can turn a business idea into a fast growing cash machine? First, let’s take a look at different forms […]

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