IaaS

Marrying cloud and IT infrastructure for superior business value

Cloud computing is at the forefront of every business today. A recent IDC study revealed that 85 percent of new software being built today is for the cloud. There is no doubt that cloud-based technologies have begun to move from pilot deployments to mainstream technology choices. In my discussions with clients, it’s clear that they fundamentally understand cloud […]

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Keeping an eye on operating system patches in an IaaS cloud

Understanding a cloud provider’s patching process is one key to deciding which workloads to move to the cloud. Managed cloud providers and some unmanaged cloud providers will either automatically, or with some manual control, provide installation and maintenance of operating system patches for your workloads that are hosted in the cloud. While operating system patching […]

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Systems of discovery: Where cloud, big data and IoT intersect

Up to this point, it seems each major movement in digital technology is seen as its own separate era. You may have heard people make big proclamations over the last few years like, “This is the cloud era,” or “This is the era of the smart phone,” and “We’re entering an era of big data […]

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Systems of discovery: Where cloud, big data and IoT intersect

Up to this point, it seems each major movement in digital technology is seen as its own separate era. You may have heard people make big proclamations over the last few years like, “This is the cloud era,” or “This is the era of the smart phone,” and “We’re entering an era of big data […]

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Your new favorite local market: IBM, as a service

I find the experience tantalizing. Vibrant colors and smells with so many delicious options to choose from. Like you, my favorite local market is the place I want to return to week after week. It is familiar and always offers something new and fresh to try, with great service and helpful advice at every corner. […]

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Docker: Managing the excitement

If you’re playing around in the cloud space, it would be hard to escape the buzz around a relatively new piece of technology called Docker. For those who somehow don’t know about it, think of Docker as providing mini virtual machines (VMs). They allow you to take an existing machine (virtual or real) and group […]

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Cloud computing, data center automation and services on demand: What’s the difference?

Being a software engineer, I often end up talking about cloud computing. I think there is still a lot of confusion about what cloud computing actually means. For a lot of people, it is nothing more than embracing virtualization. For others, it is just data center automation. Where’s the truth? I’ll take the chance in […]

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How public clouds are empowering data analytics on a large scale

I believe the complexity of the business world demands more clues from data that go beyond mere reporting. While most enterprise software gathers valuable customer data, it often does very little in mining that data for insights. In an increasingly complex world, those insights could be essential for a good decision-making process. Unfortunately, many business […]

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What are community clouds?

The nature of any public cloud is to meet the requirements that a majority of its users need. There are always trade-offs in functionality, standardization and costs. So, in the end, the implemented requirements are some kind of least common denominator. While this might be good (enough) for most industries, it often is not enough […]

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What is the SoftLayer API, and how can you take advantage of it?

Before we cover the IBM SoftLayer API, it is important to understand the basic concept of an application programming interface (API). You can use an API to interact with a system without needing to understand how the system works or what technology was developed. In general, with an API you can create a collection of […]

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Why CMDBs are still relevant in a cloud world

A properly designed and utilized configuration management database (CMDB) provides a foundation for good IT service management. I’ve spoken to several clients who have asked (rightly so) about whether or not to use a CMDB with their cloud provider. They have even asked questions such as “Whose CMDB should my servers and services be described […]

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Choosing between managed and unmanaged IaaS

Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) typically comes in one of two forms: managed or unmanaged. Of course, some providers also offer something in between. Typically, a provider will tend to specialize in one, although some providers can offer both. For example, the IBM Cloud Managed Services IaaS offering specializes in managed servers, but can also […]

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