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Cloud: A catalyst for commoditization of business analytics

Note: Through the end of the year, we’ll be posting one blog per day from our top 10 “greatest hits” from Thoughts on Cloud since we launched in September. This post is #9 and was originally published on Oct. 20.

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Successful cloud service provider: Requirements (Part 1 of 2)

What are the requirements for a cloud provider to become successful, to manage effectively client expectation, ensure the required service level agreement, and at the same time manage a cloud environment?

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Scale workforce on cloud through crowd

Cloud can really be a disruptive model for the workforce. Other than the common benefits (and pitfalls) generally being discussed – such as cost savings, time-to-value, security, quality of service, and so on – one of the biggest shakeups because of the cloud will be with the workforce.

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Real-World VDI (Part 1): Multi-vendor stacks with Citrix, VMware, Microsoft, and others

In this series of blogs, I’ll share my experience as IBM practitioner – simply based on recent client engagements where desktop virtualization, private desktop cloud, and desktop as a service (DaaS) were target environments (I will collectively refer to it as virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI”). It is therefore a reflection of what customers actually implement, mixed with my comments and evaluations.

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Real-World VDI (Part 5): End-user computing, the vision – Horizon, AppBlast, Octopus, and Should I skip the VDI bubble?

As I said, the announcements at VMworld caused me to adjust my view of VMware’s end-user capabilities, but more important on VDI as a whole. I’ll try to cover this in more detail in future posts but let me outline it on a high level.

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Real-World VDI (Part 4): Rethinking my view of VMware’s user capabilities – the impact of VMware’s recent announcements

The announcements at VMworld caused me to adjust my view of VMware’s user capabilities and vision. So what did VMware announce and why will it impact the current pattern and future directions?

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Real-World VDI (Part 3): Cost case challenge: Help, I’m losing money with my virtual desktop offering

Why do we increasingly see cost concerns in VDI environments? As I mentioned, many of my recent customers already have an existing POC, pilot or (smaller) production environment in place and are considering moving to their phase 2. Some of those also use it as external or internal desktop clouds and desktop as a service (DaaS) offerings. And yes, having proven that the concept technically works means that they are exploring to include more complex user categories. But more importantly, moving forward many realize that optimization is needed to make viable the cost cases for desktop virtualization.

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Real-World VDI (Part 2): Advanced graphics requirement: DirectX and OpenGL with HDX, RemoteFX, and PCoIP

Although most clients initially enthusiastically agree to address first the “low hanging fruits” of VDI, almost without exception I had the “dreaded question” come up consistently in the first meeting: “I have this user group with high-end graphics, video conferencing, 3D graphics, engineering application (replace this with your graphics intense application) requirements ... can we deliver this with our approach?

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Cloud trends and happenings

I attended two cloud conferences in the Bay Area last week. Cloud Leadership Forum in Santa Clara and Structure in San Francisco. It was evident that cloud computing has taken center stage in the world of IT and come a long ways from being pie-in-the-sky. The who’s who in information technology was there, socializing their […]

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IBM at Cloud Leadership Forum

Want to understand the impact of Cloud on business continuity and resiliency, know more about what IBM is seeing in Cloud or have a general or specific Cloud question? Join IBM at Cloud Leadership Forum 2011. IBM speakers and presenters will be covering the below topics and more in workshop sessions plus demonstrations. Using the […]

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