IT Architect

Reference architectures can speed your route to cloud

One of the most difficult aspects of choosing a cloud road map is knowing where to start. In some respects, it’s also tough to know where to finish, even if there is already some cloud adoption in the organization. It’s a journey that thousands of organizations have already traveled. If only there was a way […]

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Bluemix Local System can help banks ease operational pressures and boost innovation

The banking sector is facing some tough challenges. New entrants into the sector are quickly gaining customers through innovative services and because of increasingly stringent regulations. The urge for greater operational agility in response to new business models and rapidly evolving customer preferences is made even stronger by the market’s disruptor/disrupted scenario. Many banks’ lack […]

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The tide rises at the Barcelona OpenStack Summit

The day before the opening of the OpenStack Summit in Barcelona, I already knew that one of the hot topics would be containers. Lots of people are excited these days about containers and microservices, seeing them as the magic wand that will help IT keep up with the pace of our rapidly evolving world. If […]

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The difference between open source and open governance

When Sun and then Oracle bought MySQL AB, the company behind the original development, MySQL open source database development governance gradually closed. Now, only Oracle writes updates. Updates from other sources — individuals or other companies — are ignored. MySQL is still open source, but it has a closed governance. MySQL is one of the […]

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3 challenges businesses must overcome to reap the benefits of a hybrid cloud environment

The question “Why should businesses migrate to the cloud?” has long been answered. The tangible benefits are well documented. Organizations are now forced to assess what type of cloud deployment best suits their needs. Be it the agility and affordability of a public cloud or the control and security of a private environment, there’s no […]

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Why Celanese moved to a cloud managed services solution

Celanese Corporation reduced operational costs by more than 50 percent while improving response to workload demands and delivering superior service levels for its managed infrastructure by switching to a cloud managed services solution. Now the chemical company can reallocate these cost savings to drive innovation, strategy and an increased emphasis on security. Based in Dallas, […]

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Not born on the cloud yesterday: Easing into continuous deployments with blueprints

As traditional IT enterprises embrace the cloud to handle continuous delivery, they face challenges posed by their existing legacy systems handling complex applications and environments. For example, mainframe-based systems (typically located within the firewall) often have tighter restrictions on security and data management, which can lead to slower iteration cycles. According to a recent ADT […]

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All about OpenStack and why it matters

I recently attended a week of presentations about OpenStack, looking to get a deeper understanding of what it is all about and why it’s important. Here’s what I learned. An OpenStack cloud is driven by a collection of open source software that allows organizations to build and manage cloud environments via the OpenStack API. The […]

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Why businesses shouldn’t settle on a simple storage solution

To date, the business community, including startups and entrepreneurs, have had only simple storage solutions to choose from on the cloud. Or they’ve had outdated, pricey software, hardware and appliance solutions from legacy storage providers. In today’s business world, this no longer works. Not with IDC’s predicted data growth of 44 zettabytes by 2020, fueled […]

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The need for speed in IaaS platforms

When you look at the rapidly evolving infrastructure as a service (IaaS) market, you might get the impression that it’s a race to the bottom with commodity hardware, inexpensive storage options, ongoing price cuts and the like. If a cloud service provider can’t differentiate itself, things can get very ugly. That’s why one of the […]

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Hybrid cloud is about choice

Demands on IT architects are high. Among their myriad responsibilities, they’re called upon to align IT strategy with changing operational and regulatory requirements, respond to changes in a timely manner and secure and consolidate traditional IT systems with new applications to reduce costs. They’re also faced with the task of creating architectural solutions that drive […]

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