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Top five differences between SmartCloud Enterprise and SmartCloud Enterprise+

There are many differences between the offerings, but here are the top five differences that most affect me.

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August #cloudchat Recap: What level of resiliency is right for your cloud?

Recap of the August #cloudchat Twitter chat, held Aug. 9 and moderated by eWeek's Chris Preimesberger.

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Cloud: The new staple for businesses to safeguard from natural disasters

While the typical emergency supplies for an individual consists of water, batteries and food, businesses need to seriously evaluate their readiness plan. And one secret weapon that can help businesses weather the storm -- the cloud.

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Privacy in a public cloud: Keeping data safe

You basically have the same security issues and considerations for deploying applications on the cloud as you do for running them on premises. The difference is that on cloud, some of those issues are handled by your cloud service provider.

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Bare necessities: Services needed or required by SMBs

When we’re discussing the cloud, usually we’re discussing the cost reduction, lowering capital investment, or both. These discussions are mostly relevant for large enterprises because they can gain significant benefits from the cloud environment, by having a well designed and implemented cloud. But, what’s there for small and medium businesses (SMBs) regarding cloud computing?

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FAQs: Introduction to WebSphere Cast Iron

If you have several on-premises applications that need to be integrated, an on-premises integration platform might suit your needs; but if your focus (today and in future) is on cloud applications, a logical conclusion is to do your integration in the cloud too.

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Attack on the cloud: Concerns of storing business-critical data at 10,000 feet

When forward-thinking business leaders view the cloud as opportunities, hackers also shift their attention to the cloud service provider websites. The reason is obvious. They can potentially gain access to data of multiple companies if they break into major cloud vendor sites, because of the multi-tenant nature of such websites.

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May #cloudchat Recap: Questions you should ask your cloud provider

Our chat this month focused on things you should ask your cloud provider when negotiating a service agreement. Our panel of experts, Steve Woodward, Ryan Berg, Gurpreet Singh, and John Meegan; provided insight on things commonly overlooked.

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May #cloudchat: What questions should you ask your cloud provider?

During this month’s #cloudchat, we want to examine the role of the organization versus the role of the cloud service provider across the entire cloud lifecycle. Particularly, we will discuss what questions should you ask your cloud provider when it comes to service level agreements (SLAs) and roles and responsibilities with regard to your data.

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Do you have a self-healing cloud?

Recently, a business analyst shared her organization’s experience replacing its Human Resources (HR) application. She went on to tell me that the “Cloud HR application was self-healing.” I was amused with her statement and asked her to explain it.

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Cloud physical security considerations

Physical security is basic in many areas, and it’s no different in the IT security area. The physical locations where IBM cloud offerings reside must be compliant to IBM physical security policies. Cloud offerings distributed and mirrored over many physical sites can offer a higher degree of IT security to some of our commercial customers, for example in the banking and finance sector, without the need for huge financial investments.

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Desktop as a Service: Go virtual or not?

Cloud terminology is already complex enough with its IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, BPaaS; so now we have one more term contributing to the overall confusion with cloud-related services. It is desktop as a service (DaaS).

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