cloud adoption

National Broadband Network: A game changer in adopting cloud computing in Australia

The National Broadband Network is by far the largest infrastructure project undertaken in Australia, beating the Sydney Opera House and Federation Square.

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A future historian tells us the path to cloud computing

Back in the 2000s, the cloud was first conceived as a pay-by-the-hour idea, and was born in the habit of borrowing computer resources and paying according to consumption.

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The IBM cloud offering decoder

Some cloud offerings actually existed before the term “cloud” came into use. These products ended up getting repackaged or renamed to fit in with the cloud portfolio. As new offerings emerged, many of them were shuffled around and renamed until more of the cloud puzzle pieces began to fall into place.

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Bare necessities: Services needed or required by SMBs

When we’re discussing the cloud, usually we’re discussing the cost reduction, lowering capital investment, or both. These discussions are mostly relevant for large enterprises because they can gain significant benefits from the cloud environment, by having a well designed and implemented cloud. But, what’s there for small and medium businesses (SMBs) regarding cloud computing?

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Why service providers should not ignore cloud

For many service providers, cloud computing seems to be disruptive for their business model. Especially in the outsourcing business, many service providers are reluctant to offer cloud-based services to their clients. There are two main reasons behind this skepticism.

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Executive Corner: Interview with Mike McCarthy, Vice President of Cloud Computing for IBM Global Technology Services

Vasfi Gucer and I recently interviewed Mike McCarthy, Vice President of Cloud Computing for IBM Global Technology Services to get his thoughts regarding IBM’s cloud strategy. Mike discussed various IBM cloud offerings, general challenges for IBM, and aspects about customers who are transitioning into cloud.

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May #cloudchat: What questions should you ask your cloud provider?

During this month’s #cloudchat, we want to examine the role of the organization versus the role of the cloud service provider across the entire cloud lifecycle. Particularly, we will discuss what questions should you ask your cloud provider when it comes to service level agreements (SLAs) and roles and responsibilities with regard to your data.

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Cloud is like a box of …. You never know what you’re gonna get (Part 1 of 2)

With cloud computing this quote is true in two ways: -A wide variety of cloud services are available to compose with, like a box of chocolates. -You don’t know up front what you’re going to get. This blog post offers the reader a three-step-plan to guide your journey to the cloud.

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Multitenancy 101

When talking to product managers and architects, the importance of multitenancy is still a frequently debated question: “Do I have to be multitenant in my first release?” In this blog post, I would like to help demystify this concept, and also share with you my perspectives on why multitenancy is an important up-front business consideration because it has many downstream technical and financial implications.

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5 things to consider before using cloud services

Cloud application providers promise ease of use, cost savings and innovative solutions. Typically you are only a few mouse clicks away from getting a free trial account and with several more clicks you will be able to sign up for a license. But wait! There are a number of aspects to consider. Let’s discuss the most important ones (I am sure there are much more and depending on the scenario others might be more important – so please feel free to add your thoughts as a comment).

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CIOs, are your applications on cloud nine?

Being on cloud nine refers to a state of extreme happiness. As a CIO, wouldn’t you be happy if your team supplied IT services demanded by your users, that were always available when needed and at an optimized cost?

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Private cloud: The new data center

It is not a very big effort to add private cloud capabilities to today's data centers. Every virtualized server farm can be equipped with a cloud computing layer that handles the user interaction, and the provisioning and deprovisioning of virtual servers. So, it is quite easy to adapt to this new technology.

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