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IBM SmartCloud Enterprise API user group monthly virtual meeting

Goal: The IBM SmartCloud Enterprise API User Group is a technical community composed of individuals interested in the application programming interfaces (APIs) of the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise offering. The group includes customers, business partners, independent software vendors, and IBM employees that share a common interest in understanding the APIs of the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise offering […]

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Executive Corner: Three Years of Transforming Businesses with Cloud

This post was originally shared on the Wired.com Cloudline blog. In working with thousands of clients, IBM has established that businesses and the world at large have become more interconnected and certainly more intelligent. Just to toss out a few factoids – data is growing at 6 trillion bytes per second, IP traffic will accelerate […]

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Executive Corner: Interview with Ric Telford, Vice President, IBM Cloud Services (Part 2 of 2)

Below is part 2 of my interview with Ric Telford, Vice President, IBM Cloud Services. Catch up on part 1 here. Vasfi Gucer: Do you have any suggestions for how a company should get started with cloud computing? Ric Telford: Yes let’s take that in the same vein, by company size. Small and medium business […]

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Executive Corner: Interview with Ric Telford, Vice President, IBM Cloud Services (Part 1 of 2)

Vasfi Gucer interviewed Ric Telford, Vice President, IBM Cloud Services. Below is a transcript of their conversation. Be sure to look out for more Executive Corner posts from Ric here in the future. Vasfi Gucer: To set the stage, can you talk about IBM’s journey into the cloud so far, and how does IBM see […]

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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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Electrical power outage impact on cloud solutions

Locally here in Southern California there have been several power outages that have impacted the region. The most recent was last Thursday which impacted Southern California, Arizona and Northern Mexico. In a lot of ways I felt our business solutions residing Southern California dodged a bullet since our site was not impacted, but it definitely […]

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It’s all about the business: Winning in the cloud with IBM Cloud Service Provider platform

In a previous blog post, “The new “C” in CSP: from communications to cloud service provider”, I discussed the analysts’ estimates on public cloud market opportunity and expected growth. I explained why communications service providers (CSPs) are uniquely positioned to take advantage of this opportunity. I also summarized the actions that CSPs must take to […]

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Image template considerations for cloud service catalog

When building a cloud environment, one of the most important things to consider is what images will be in the service catalog. Many times, business requirements drive more variations of software configurations and operating system versions, which quickly can cause several derivatives of a base image, and ultimately virtual image sprawl. In turn, this can […]

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The new “C” in CSP: from communications to cloud service provider

I’m sure you’ve seen the estimates from analysts on public cloud market opportunity and expected growth. They vary depending on the study, but conservative numbers have the opportunity at $89 Billion in 2015. This prediction represents a 25% compound growth rate (CGR) for all public services. Analysis shows that the software-as-a-service (SaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) […]

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Turning products into cloud solutions

One challenge that many IT organizations undertake when looking at vendor-provided cloud products is determining which products best meets their business needs. After products have been chosen, it is another effort to turn the vendor-provided products into cloud solutions that meet the business needs of the organization. Going through this process for a number of […]

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Show me the numbers! Show me the value!

There is no question that besides security, cost is a key factor in major decisions in environments; and why would that be any different for the cloud? If at all, it would be the deciding factor for most cases, especially in this day and age. So, with that in mind, what are the factors to […]

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Linux security enhancements on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise

Takeaway: Operating system images available in IBM SmartCloud Enterprise are more tightly secured than “out-of-the-box” installations. When you install Red Hat or SUSE Linux from scratch, you get an operational Linux server that is reasonably secure. However, widely accepted best practice suggests that you should take time to further lock down the security of that […]

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