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Dinosaurs and the cloud: The mainframe’s role

Dinosaurs are not usually something you equate with cloud computing, but bear with me while using this analogy. Around 20 years ago I had my summer internship in the internal IT department at IBM in Norway, and I can still remember a poster that hung on the one of the office doors. It said “The […]

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A brief history of cloud computing

One of the first questions asked with the introduction of a new technology is: “When was it invented?” Other questions like “When was it first mentioned?” and “What are the prospects for its future?” are also common. When we think of cloud computing, we think of situations, products and ideas that started in the 21st […]

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Is cloud computing secure?

Cloud is everywhere, and it is penetrating our lives and the industry more and more, even if it is not physically visible to us. This fact may contribute to one of the major concerns about cloud: IT security and privacy. News about breaches into server systems, leaks in social media networks, industrial espionage in well-established […]

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Cloud’s impact on programming models: Delivery and languages

Rene takes a closer look at the application development platform, approaches to development and programming languages.

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What is infrastructure as a service (IaaS)?

Our blogger taps his colleagues for a definitive explanation that will do justice to IaaS.

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A guide to patch management on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+

A well-defined and standardized process is the key success factor for patching management.

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IBM releases SmartCloud Data Virtualization

IBM is using new technology delivered in a storage appliance, specifically to cure out-of-control storage.

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Delivering on cloud: Do you need a car or a race car?

Car manufacturers make cars. Simple enough, right? Not quite.

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SoftLayer Santa: A cloud offering for multiple architectures

My six-year-old son asked me once, “Where does Santa live?” My answer was, “Somewhere behind the clouds.” A few months later, he overheard one of my cloud computing calls and immediately reacted by asking what I was saying about the cloud. “This is Santa’s place,” he said. “How is it related to your office work?” Needless to say, I had no answer.

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Journey to the cloud: Drinking our own champagne

This is the story of my team's journey to the cloud by leveraging IBM products to deploy, monitor and manage the infrastructure. Our team provides internal services to test, develop and support engineers within IBM Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure (C&SI; formerly Tivoli software), a division within IBM Software Group. I'm happy to report that this move resulted in significant capital and expense savings while improving user efficiency.

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A guide to IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ 1.3

On November 19, 2013, IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ (SCE+) version 1.3 was released. While every new SCE+ release has brought some interesting improvements, I'm particularly excited about 1.3. Tons of new features and improvements were implemented, making it worth having a closer look at the highlights of this version.

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How IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ can help independent software vendors

Lately, many independent software vendors (ISVs) have started moving to a software as a service (SaaS) model, supported by an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) model on cloud. However, even on cloud, in most cases they still have to worry about the IT infrastructure to support their software business.

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