SaaS

More myths about software as a service debunked

Earlier this year, there was an excellent post on Thoughts on Cloud that debunked three common myths associated with software as a service (SaaS). After reading the post, I thought it would be useful to address three additional myths that I’ve had to deal with in my work with the different SaaS products and teams in […]

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What is software-defined networking?

Many people have heard the term “software-defined networking,” or SDN. Fewer people understand, in practical terms, what SDN can do for them. In this post, I provide a brief introduction to SDN and describe what it can do for you in the cloud. Perhaps the key advantage of the cloud is that is allows you […]

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How to secure your cloud database in an insecure world

There is a division of responsibility when you put your database to work in the cloud. An infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider, such as IBM SoftLayer, secures the physical components while responsibility to secure information rests with the application developer. Of course, the software as a service (SaaS) vendor must provide the developers and […]

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Top 5 reasons to get psyched for the OpenStack Summit

The next OpenStack Summit will be held in Paris (France, not Texas), Nov. 3-7. You can register here before Oct. 1 for a reduced rate. IBM is one of the founding members of the OpenStack Foundation and continues to support the project. While there are tons of reasons to attend this event, I’ve highlighted the top five below: […]

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Five things you should know about IBM Cloud marketplace

Imagine the ability to explore hundreds of IBM and Business Partner services in one place. Sounds intriguing, right? This is the promise of IBM Cloud marketplace. In this post, I will talk about the top five things you should know when heading off to the market. You can find the right solutions without being overwhelmed […]

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Analytics on cloud: Better insights at the speed of SaaS

In a 2014 Association for Finance Professionals (AFP) Risk Survey 45 percent of finance executives reported that corporate earnings were exposed to more uncertainty today compared to three years ago. From uncertain customer demand for products and services to volatile commodities prices and exchange rates, every aspect of business in every geography and industry is […]

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The challenges of migrating application and management stacks

This is the third in my series of posts on cloud brokerage. In my last post, I talked about application and management stacks. Here I’ll be discussing management stacks and the challenges associated with creating a management stack due to the various service options available today. Challenges for a cloud consumer deciding where to place […]

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Is it time to move your analytics to the cloud?

Nothing stays the same for long today—particularly in technology. If even six years ago I had predicted that you’d have a device in your hand that could look up basically any fact in the world instantly, host­­­ video conversations and help boost your work productivity—and that you’d be able to do all this from the bus on the way to work—you wouldn’t have believed me.

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Is it time to move your analytics to the cloud?

By Andrew Popp, IBM Software Group, Business Analytics , BUE, SaaS Market Development Nothing stays the same for long today—particularly in technology. If even six years ago I had predicted that you’d have a device in your hand that could look up basically any fact in the world instantly, host­­­ video conversations and help boost […]

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Cloud brokerage: Requirements to support service contestability

During a recent client engagement, a banking client put forth a requirement that, as they reorganize their IT environment by setting up a hybrid cloud, the new model should allow for contestability of public cloud services. They desired the ability to switch to those services which are superior (or “best of breed”) from a functional […]

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Watson Analytics on IBM Cloud: An interview with Marcus Hearne

In your business, what questions need answers? It’s these very questions—whatever they may be—that drive Watson Analytics, IBM’s latest offering that taps into the service’s formidable cognitive computing power. According to the New York Times, Watson Analytics “is a software service, delivered over the cloud. As its name suggests, Watson Analytics is a result of a collaboration between teams […]

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Keeping an eye on operating system patches in an IaaS cloud

Understanding a cloud provider’s patching process is one key to deciding which workloads to move to the cloud. Managed cloud providers and some unmanaged cloud providers will either automatically, or with some manual control, provide installation and maintenance of operating system patches for your workloads that are hosted in the cloud. While operating system patching […]

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