Virtualization

Virtualization is changing how we need to do service assurance

Recently Jim Carey blogged about the ever-increasing pace of change that affects operations teams worldwide. This is particularly true of communication service providers (CSPs), who in this dynamic world face new challenges as they look to generate more revenue and improve operational efficiency. Disruptive over-the-top service providers are now threatening traditional CSP revenue streams and […]

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Busting 3 VMware security myths about migration to the cloud

When discussing IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions with partners and customers, I repeatedly encounter three common misconceptions about the security of their workloads in the IBM Bluemix dedicated private cloud infrastructure. I’d like to take a moment to clear up the myths surrounding VMware security in the cloud. Myth #1: “My workload could be compromised by […]

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Choose the right workloads for early success in the cloud

You’ve heard this before, especially if you’re a chief information officer: deploying workloads and applications in a cloud infrastructure can help reduce costs, free up resources to drive innovation and streamline critical processes. But if you need to demonstrate value sooner rather than later, cloud deployment might not always be the best choice for every […]

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Why VMware on IBM Cloud matters

Enterprises large and small have made significant investments in VMware-based technology, deriving substantial business value over a number of years. Today, there are some 40 to 50 million virtual servers running workloads in client data centers around the world. Along with VMware virtualization technology, enterprises are using critically important VMware-based management tools and have steadily […]

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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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4 key design considerations for a multi-tenant cloud

Cloud uses multi-tenancy to share IT resources, software and services in a cost efficient and secure way. Ever wondered what it takes to achieve multi-tenancy in a hybrid cloud? This intrigued me until I was involved in designing multi-tenant cloud solutions. Multi-tenancy is not new. We have been using it in various forms, one common […]

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Consider the full spectrum of cloud computing models

The cloud computing environment has come a long way in the past few years. Today’s cloud computing models provide choices that vary in control, flexibility and ease, ranging from bare metal with maximum control and responsiveness to event-driven apps with maximum ease in development and deployment. Until recently, virtual machines (VM) were the primary cloud […]

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Cloud computing – much more than virtualization

Cloud computing is evolving — what it is and how to best use it is open to interpretation. One area of potentially confusing interpretations is virtualization. Virtualization has been used for about ten years now to better utilize physical assets (hardware) and reduce capital IT expenditures. But virtualization in and of itself is not the […]

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SoftLayer delivers a competitive edge in the fast-paced film industry

Established in 1977, IBM Business Partner Chouinard & Myhre, Inc. (CMI) is an IT solutions provider that has earned industry accolades for strategy, architecture, cloud computing, virtualization and storage management expertise. They are now leading technology innovation through the Adaptable Data Center framework. According to Jeff Guenthner, Senior Director of Solutions Architecture at CMI, “We […]

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Cloud storage: Even a five year old can use it

By Fabio Furlani and Shivaramakrishnan Gopalakrishna Recently, my friend Fabio and I were talking about our children. We both have boys: mine is five years old, while Fabio’s son is 21. Both watch a lot of videos and download a lot of pictures and music from the internet. As technologically savvy fathers, we try to […]

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Docker offers big opportunity for software-defined networking

Recently, technologies like Docker have popularized software containers as basic computational units for application deployment. In addition to easing the process of application development, testing, deployment and maintenance, these technologies also promise to be lighter-weight alternatives to full-fledged virtualization.

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5 technologies every cloud-ready systems administrator should know

In the last week of June 2014, I had the chance to share a project with worldwide information technology (IT) experts—all of them with a wide breadth of experience in the IT industry. We discussed several topics during those days—of course each expert has a very particular and personal point of view about the market […]

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