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Cloud accelerates the evolution of mankind

My light-bulb moment, when I realized the difference cloud was going to make, came when I met with a group of start-up companies.

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User scenarios for desktop cloud computing

Recently I decided to write about desktop cloud computing because I feel this area is still in the shadow of mighty "server cloud" topics shaping the modern IT industry and exciting the IT audience.

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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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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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Three reasons why an ATM is like a cloud

Wouldn’t it be great if your cloud was able to print or at least dispense cold-hard cash? In many ways it can, if implemented properly. I don’t have all the answers for you right now, but what I can say is that an ATM is similar to a cloud in many ways.

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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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Is everything cloud?

As you can see in this illustration, there are many terms associated with cloud, covering so many different areas that you could be forgiven for thinking that cloud is just a marketing term that can be added to everything and can therefore be ignored. In this article, I explain that cloud is actually something quite specific, and quite important, and that these are all words that can be associated with cloud, but don't necessarily define it.

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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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Interview with Portal Cloud Lead Developer Paul Kelsey (Part 3 of 3)

Final installment of a Q&A with IBM portal cloud lead developer Paul Kelsey.

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Cloud: An enabler for a smarter home

Today’s Internet of people is evolving into an “Internet of things,” because soon there will be more than one trillion connected devices. By 2013, 1.2 billion connected consumer electronics devices are expected in the more than 800 million homes with broadband connections.

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Desktop cloud: Take it easy with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning and non-persistent VMs

A usual adoption pattern for cloud computing is desktops. It's really straightforward because, in general, each company has standardized desktops: only some specific version of the operating system is supported; only specific desktop flavors (styles) are available; only some applications are allowed; and typically everything is managed by the IT team.

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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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