IaaS

What’s your favorite flavor? Using IaaS to host SAP in the cloud

When it comes to hosting SAP in the cloud, depending on specific customer needs, it may be better to use infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and bring your own SAP environment to it. Hosting your SAP application on cloud infrastructure as a service While you can set up your own data center and infrastructure, many are […]

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How to explain cloud computing to a lawyer

In April 2014, IBM was entering a new era of information technology (IT). It was time to embrace the cloud, and I realized that we were going to be deeply transformed by it. I needed to change the way I was doing my job, so I was pretty busy attending many training sessions and calls […]

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5 tips to prevent your cloud from causing a thunderstorm

Clouds play an important part in our life. Without clouds and the rain falling from them, life would not be possible on earth. And almost everybody likes the nice white cumulus clouds on a blue sky that look like a herd of sheep. This is probably one reason why clouds are widely accepted in information […]

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Should you choose IBM Cloud Managed Services or IBM SoftLayer?

Designing a cloud solution for strategic outsourcing (SO) can be complicated when you address the decision about what offering to choose for your clients: IBM Cloud Managed Services or IBM SoftLayer. This article should provide some hints to help you make the right choice. Cloud Managed Services is a platform as a service (PaaS) offering, […]

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Why you should try ‘cloudstorming’ for your next cloud project

Today, the cloud is affecting how we have discussions in information technology (IT) and business sectors. In fact, “cloudstorming” is a term that has been used to describe brainstorming around cloud-related projects. But to fully understand this idea, we need to start at the beginning of cloud. The concept of the cloud was taken from […]

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The XaaS family: Understanding Iaas, PaaS and SaaS

The models of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS) have been around for some time now. As time goes by, more and more “as a service” models are being introduced. Since there are so many of them, we can be said to be heading into […]

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What is software-defined networking?

Many people have heard the term “software-defined networking,” or SDN. Fewer people understand, in practical terms, what SDN can do for them. In this post, I provide a brief introduction to SDN and describe what it can do for you in the cloud. Perhaps the key advantage of the cloud is that is allows you […]

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How to secure your cloud database in an insecure world

There is a division of responsibility when you put your database to work in the cloud. An infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider, such as IBM SoftLayer, secures the physical components while responsibility to secure information rests with the application developer. Of course, the software as a service (SaaS) vendor must provide the developers and […]

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A guide to the OpenStack Juno release

Enterprise readiness and user experience improvements are just a few of the highlights of the latest release of OpenStack, codenamed Juno. As the OpenStack ecosystem celebrates yet another successful milestone, I wanted to honor all of OpenStack’s developers by highlighting some of the best new features that users can expect in this latest release, as […]

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IBM SoftLayer comes ashore in Australia

The first of two new IBM SoftLayer sites (commonly known as points of deployment) in Australia is now available for use in Melbourne. The formal announcement can be found here. This is exciting news, especially for many businesses that have onshore Australian data residency requirements and now finally have a local site. The second site […]

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IBM SoftLayer storage options: Which choice is best for you?

By Phillip Trent, Jr., Stephen Holt, and Santhosh Reddy Storage is an essential element of nearly every cloud hosted application. Collected data is a valuable resource that needs to be stored in a safe and secure manner. As application usage scales, data storage capacity must be able to grow as well. IBM SoftLayer provides industry-leading […]

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Top 5 reasons to get psyched for the OpenStack Summit

The next OpenStack Summit will be held in Paris (France, not Texas), Nov. 3-7. You can register here before Oct. 1 for a reduced rate. IBM is one of the founding members of the OpenStack Foundation and continues to support the project. While there are tons of reasons to attend this event, I’ve highlighted the top five below: […]

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