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SAP in the cloud: Moving up from IaaS to PaaS

David Weck has recently posted a very interesting blog article “What’s your favorite flavor? Using IaaS to host SAP in the cloud,” where he compares hosting SAP on cloud to buying ice cream. He discusses the deployment option of SAP on infrastructure as a service (IaaS), which is your basic plain ice cream. But once […]

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Understanding IBM SoftLayer service level agreements (SLAs)

What do service level agreements have to do with it? As we all know, the key point of strategic outsourcing offerings are the service level agreements (SLAs).  Understanding SLAs is key to understanding at what IBM sells. Let’s see how this has changed with IBM SoftLayer. In strategic outsourcing contracts, infrastructure SLAs generally include clauses […]

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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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Hail the new business architecture-led organization of the cloud era

By Steve Wallace and Serkan Sahin The growth of cloud computing in recent years has raised a number of interesting questions about how businesses will have to reinvent and reorganize themselves to gain the greatest possible competitive advantage. In particular, the future role of the chief information officer (CIO) has been scrutinized and questioned. In […]

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5 questions you should ask your cloud provider

After my last blog post, many of you asked if I could provide a cheat sheet on how to select a cloud provider. Inherently, a one-size-fits-all solution does not exist in cloud due to its dynamic nature and the continuous evolution in strategic alignment that most businesses experience in this new digital world. Fortunately, I believe the […]

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What’s new in IBM Cloud Managed Services Version 1.4?

IBM Cloud Managed Services Version 1.4 (formerly IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+) has just been announced. I’m glad to be able to share with you the main updates that this version contains, because it brings many new features! Cloud Managed Services Version 1.4 (V1.4) is divided into two rollout plans. The first wave is planned to happen […]

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How I explained dynamic cloud to my kids

“Daddy, what do you do?” Ugh, there’s that dreaded question again. Honestly, there are days I wish I’d gone into medicine, teaching or even astrophysics, if only so I could more easily explain what I do. My saving grace is that kids today understand more about computers than I do; my seven and eight year […]

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Five steps to cloud nirvana with IBM CCRA

A common question raised by a number of my clients is about how to transform their existing IT delivery to a private cloud. The easiest approach here would probably be to use something like the IBM Private Modular Cloud and build a private cloud from scratch. Many, though, would like to reuse existing infrastructure as […]

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7 benefits of cloud from an enterprise architect point of view

I was recently asked to provide an overview of the benefits of cloud. In all fairness, it would be difficult for anyone to answer this question and provide a thorough overview as cloud benefits continuously evolve with the addition of new services, uncompromising research and innovations that relentlessly push the boundaries of the underlying technology […]

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DevOps and Software Defined Environments: Cloud twins

Cloud computing gave rise to a variety of new technologies that are needed for efficient cloud deployments. DevOps and Software Defined Environments (SDE) are among those. These two technologies are designed to support similar IT infrastructures. Let’s explore how DevOps and SDE are designed to complement each other. What is DevOps? DevOps is a software […]

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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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Five benefits of deploying IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator 2.3

Here are some of the enhancements you can look forward to with IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator 2.3 (SCO 2.3).

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