Cloud 101

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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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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How I used the cloud to understand the cloud

“I’m a man, and I can change, if I have to … I guess.” This line from The Red Green Show  sums up how I felt a little over a year ago.  I realized I needed to ramp up my understanding of cloud computing and all things related. I learned two things from this effort: […]

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Cloud computing delivery models explained

In my last blog post, I compared cloud computing with the transformation of individual families with cattle farms to a more modern concept of large cattle farms providing consumers milk through stores. In this blog post, I will explain cloud delivery models. In general there are three major delivery models: • Infrastructure as a service […]

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How does cloud computing work?

Our writer is challenged to explain how cloud computing works—can he do it?

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Cloud computing defined: Characteristics & service levels

An excerpt from Edwin Schouten's new book, IBM SmartCloud Essentials.

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Cloud computing in the real world

What is the cloud, really? Or more properly, what is running in the cloud? One thing is certain—cloud will likely have a different meaning and value to everyone.

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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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Cloud 101: the definitions, the benefits, the ubiquitous

All these terms and more detailed definitions can be found on the National Institute of Standards and Technology website: http://www.nist.gov/index.html. The old concept (IBM® Mainframe) is back with a new name, new vision, and new infrastructure: cloud. Well, not new, still in its infancy, but exponentially growing. So, what is this cloud and how are […]

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Cloud 101: How thorny of an issue is cloud security?

Security in the cloud is no doubt one of the thorniest and biggest hindrances to cloud adoption. The question is how big of a thorn is it? Could the lack of knowledge or clarity about the architecture feed to more doubt than reason? While sailing in the same boat of ignorance, I did a little […]

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