virtual machines

IBM SoftLayer: Data center as a service (DCaaS)

IBM SoftLayer has been recommended by various stakeholders as an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider. It can certainly be viewed as such. It provides a lot of automation tools out of the box, as well as the ability for customers to bring their own automation tools to integrate with the SoftLayer application programming interface […]

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You’ve deployed your application in IBM Bluemix—now what?

IBM Bluemix is an environment for you to develop and deploy your own applications. But what happens when you deploy applications on Bluemix? How does Bluemix manage the deployment of applications? In this blog post, I will help you unveil the mystery. Bluemix is designed to build on Cloud Foundry open source technology. Bluemix is […]

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A guide to virtual server recovery

The term virtualized server recovery (VSR) has been floating around for awhile now, but it might not be clear to some techies exactly what it means. So in this blog post I will explain some of the concepts VSR is based on and give a few examples of use cases. Virtualized server recovery means that […]

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Resize, migrate, replicate and evacuate in the context of cloud

With shared hosting and overcommitment, larger virtual machine (VM) density can cause noisy neighbor problems, where a small number of applications can monopolize all resources such as network bandwidth, CPU, RAM and disk input/output (I/O). Disk capacity increases but the speed of reading and writing does not. This causes performance to be spread over more […]

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Envisioning the Docker technology

Docker’s new containerization technology is gaining momentum—mainly for bringing in more decisive automation, remarkable efficiencies, higher optimization, and precision toward highly capitalized and capable IT environments. Typically, containers are lightweight virtual machines (VMs) that are highly portable, application-aware, and self-sufficient. Therefore, creating and cloning application-loaded containers and deploying them instantly and immaculately in any server (local […]

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OpenStack in a day for under $20

One of the hardest things with OpenStack can be just getting started, especially in the enterprise. Acquiring hardware and getting the right networking in place can require a monumental effort. And, while you can use DevStack and virtual machines (VMs), the result isn’t really useful for a proof of concept or demo environment. SoftLayer, an […]

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Bare metal vs. virtual machine cloud: Which option is right for me?

There is no doubt that cloud brings us an entire new set of value propositions for enterprise computing environments, offering a huge set of benefits like application scalability, operational flexibility, improved economies of scale, reduced costs, resource efficiencies, agility improvement and more. It is harder to find all these benefits when considering just the traditional […]

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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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Four traps to avoid when migrating mature applications to the cloud

Some organizations still run some very old applications. In fact, I’ve come across some applications recently whose origins date back to the mid-1990s! Applications of this age can introduce some unique challenges that may not be obvious at first glance. But as with people, they still have value even when they get to an advanced […]

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Back to the future: Why z/OS mainframe is the ideal cloud platform

By Pat Toole and Frank DeGilio Fifty years ago, IBM CEO Thomas Watson Jr. unveiled the System/360—the first general purpose computing system specifically designed for business—calling it “the beginning of a new generation, not only of computers, but of their applications in business, science and government.” It was this vision for computing that made possible […]

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Top 5 benefits of IBM Bluemix

As part of the roll out of Bluemix, IBM is hosting many educational events about this new cloud platform. One of these events is the Bluemix workshop that I recently had the opportunity to attend. The workshop is very hands-on and takes you through how to create and manage a Bluemix application. This workshop provided […]

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Using IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator for lab virtualization

Like most other companies, IBM has faced a lab (asset) transformation initiative to replace physical servers with virtual resources over the past few years.  This initiative has affected every development, test and support engineer, and this blog post outlines how one L2 support member leveraged the IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator (SCO) environment. If you were anything […]

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