Public Cloud

A guide to Federated Identity, Icehouse and beyond

When I was told to kick off a new developer-focused series of entries for Thoughts on Cloud, I was stunned. First, by the honor that it would be, and then by the realization that I would have to actually write something down. I’m not a writer, not a blogger, the whole thing suddenly seemed kind […]

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Do we still need system administrators in the cloud?

In almost 20 years in IT, I don’t recall ever seeing a time when virtually all major IT vendors have aligned. But cloud computing seems to be different, as every major IT vendor is promoting cloud computing, and the future looks certain to be in the cloud.  As more and more infrastructure, applications and services […]

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How to avoid the Vasa syndrome on your next cloud journey – Part 2

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” – Charles Darwin Photo courtesy of Peter Isotalo and is reproduced with permission under the GFDL. Known challenge: When excessive technology leads to opportunities for innovation Vasa: In the 1500s and early 1600s, the cannons […]

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10 tips for adopting cloud computing

Cloud computing is here to stay and change the way we consume IT services. However, chief information officers (CIOs) and chief technology officers (CTOs) often feel overwhelmed by the amount of information available on the possibilities for cloud. There’s also the rushing from the financial people to deal with—all because they heard that cloud is […]

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10 tips for adopting cloud computing

Cloud computing is here to stay and change the way we consume IT services. However, chief information officers (CIOs) and chief technology officers (CTOs) often feel overwhelmed by the amount of information available on the possibilities for cloud. There’s also the rushing from the financial people to deal with—all because they heard that cloud is […]

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How to explain private, public and hybrid cloud to your spouse

It’s a great thing that my wife is a good sport. This series started about two years ago when I set out to explain cloud computing to my wife (Part 1 and Part 2). Now that her knowledge of the basics has grown, I wanted to branch out and try to continue to describe some […]

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How to explain private, public and hybrid cloud to your spouse

It’s a great thing that my wife is a good sport. This series started about two years ago when I set out to explain cloud computing to my wife (Part 1 and Part 2). Now that her knowledge of the basics has grown, I wanted to branch out and try to continue to describe some […]

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What is cloud computing?

So you’ve seen the commercials and heard the buzz and finally decided to search “What is cloud computing?” Well, welcome—you’ve come to the right place! Stick around for three short minutes and you will have a much better idea of what cloud computing really is, and more importantly, how your business might be able to […]

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What is cloud computing?

So you’ve seen the commercials and heard the buzz and finally decided to search “What is cloud computing?” Well, welcome—you’ve come to the right place! Stick around for three short minutes and you will have a much better idea of what cloud computing really is, and more importantly, how your business might be able to […]

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IBM Pulse 2014: Protecting your cloud infrastructure

Eric Saint-Marc previews his session at IBM Pulse 2014.

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IBM SoftLayer: Your cloud home away from home

You should as secure in your cloud service as you do in your own home—our blogger explains how SoftLayer provides that.

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What is infrastructure as a service (IaaS)?

What is IaaS? It seems like a simple, innocuous question. However, as with most technical topics, things are never as they appear. IaaS is no different. To illustrate this, I reached out to four IBM cloud leaders and posed that simple question. What I got back were answers heavily influenced by their world view—where they came […]

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