Public Cloud

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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Data storage for IBM SmartCloud Enterprise

When a virtual machine (or instance) is run in the cloud, it can have two distinct types of storage available: Ephemeral storage is directly associated with each particular instance; it is created when the in-stance is first started, and goes away when the instance is deleted. It can be thought of as similar to the […]

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Demo: IBM SmartCloud Enterprise

I recently had the opportunity to try out the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise (formerly known as Smart Business Development & Test on the IBM Cloud), which is IBM’s public cloud offering. I was so impressed at the ease and speed of setting up a new virtual machine (VM) instance that I thought I’d share my experience. […]

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Cloud trends and happenings

I attended two cloud conferences in the Bay Area last week. Cloud Leadership Forum in Santa Clara and Structure in San Francisco. It was evident that cloud computing has taken center stage in the world of IT and come a long ways from being pie-in-the-sky. The who’s who in information technology was there, socializing their […]

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Considerations of designing public cloud solutions

When looking at the different public cloud offerings currently available in the marketplace it is easy to see why public cloud offerings are very attractive to business, but are slow to adopt since many of them require unique challenges to the traditional IT Services models. Like with any system, designing a system that ultimately meets […]

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