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Private cloud: The great transformer

Enterprises are driving a golden age of business transformation, with cloud the connective tissue and AI the nerve center of this fundamental economic shift. In this transformation, many firms are taking a “hybrid” approach, using multiple providers and developing cognitive capabilities to create competitive advantage. Their goals? Rapid deployment, scalability, ease of use and elasticity. […]

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In the news: IBM Cloud Private

This month, IBM launched IBM Cloud Private, a scalable cloud platform built on open source frameworks and that runs on users’ own infrastructure. IBM Fellow Bala Rajaraman described it as a way to “use your heritage to your advantage.” But he’s not the only one talking about what IBM Cloud Private can do. Numerous print […]

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5 ways cloud can help you innovate

Despite the prevailing wisdom that cloud is disrupting established business — and it is — many business leaders are uncertain  about how to take advantage of cloud computing’s benefits. An analysis of more than 100 cloud projects of varying sizes shows that successful projects use one or more of the following five actions: 1. Offer […]

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Cloud Foundry, open source major factors in American Airlines moving public apps to IBM Cloud

American Airlines has announced a multi-year deal to move its website, mobile app and airport kiosks to IBM Cloud. A big part of why American chose IBM for its consumer-facing applications—the two companies solidified a cloud agreement last year—was how friendly IBM Cloud is to open source technologies and the ability to build on Cloud […]

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Momentum mounts for Kubernetes, cloud native

For any new technology, there are few attributes more valuable then momentum. In the open tech space, few projects have as much momentum as Kubernetes and cloud native application development. The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) kicked off the European leg of its biannual CloudNativeCon/KubeCon event in Berlin by welcoming five new member organizations and […]

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Open Technology Summit focuses on contributors

The Open Technology Summit, now in its fifth year, has become an annual state of the union for the established and budding open source projects that IBM supports. The conclusion drawn at Sunday’s OTS during IBM InterConnect in Las Vegas is that the state of open tech is strong and getting stronger. The event brought […]

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The “open” part of open source doesn’t mean “free”

It’s a common misconception that opening the source code for a product is a fast, easy path to success. After all, how much easier can it get than to have other developers fix your bugs, add new features and answer support questions? That panacea is what draws so many misguided tech companies to releasing open […]

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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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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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5 bold cloud predictions from IBM Distinguished Engineers

When we talk about the future of cloud computing a year from now—or even five, ten years from now—what will we say? Will the cloud become so ubiquitous it virtually disappears? Will it evolve into something we simply can’t foresee? There’s certainly no shortage of hype around the cloud, but there are also trends that […]

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OpenStack: The myth of the middle

The middle is where self-declared reasonable minds gather to split the difference between seemingly irresolvable extremes. And so it is with OpenStack. Back in the wild-West days of Diablo and Essex, agile app dev ardents attracted by the open alternative of OpenStack had two choices: build it yourself (DIY), or sign up with Rackspace. Polar […]

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Adrian Cockroft on security, open source, and what excites cloud VCs

Adrian Cockroft was a cloud architect before there were cloud architects. As Chief Architect and Director of Web Engineering at Netflix, the poster child for scaling huge computing enterprises into the cloud, he led development of the influential architecture that lets Netflix run its applications in the cloud. Having served as a distinguished engineer at […]

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