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Why I’m thankful for PaaS

Application developers really care and value something that lets them deploy their apps and be able to test them efficiently and quickly.

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Is cloud computing right for you?

Moving to the cloud has its myriad benefits, but it's not for everyone—yet.

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How your data leaks from a virtual machine

Protecting your data depends on your ability to understand how it can leak from a virtual machine.

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Virtual memory – the Pandora’s box?

How to manage security in virtual memory? Virtual memory is the essential component in a virtual machine.

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SLA options for your VM in IBM SmartCloud Enterprise+ (Part 1)

High availability configuration for VMs in SCE+ is directly proportional to the SLA a customer has selected for his virtual machine while provisioning.

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The uncertainty factor of running jobs in a cloud

No matter what you call it, how you paint it, or what you think causes it; the issue remains: it is difficult to predict when your job will complete in a public cloud environment.

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User Experience: How easy is it to deploy hundreds of VMs in a minute?

A couple of months ago, I heard about IBM SmartCloud Provisioning under the code name HSLT: High Scale, Low Touch provisioning engine. This product is all about bringing a true “as a service” approach into the infrastructure world. That’s what the brochure says anyway.

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Special clouds for special needs: High Performance Computing Clouds

Today, we are used to speaking about desktop or test clouds, or maybe moving our email or CRM to cloud-based solutions. What do all these workloads have in common? They have some of the main characteristics to be a good candidate for cloud computing, but beyond that, they all are related to enterprise workloads with low or non-predictable demand for computing resources, do not generate a significant amount of data during application run, and are loosely coupled to the infrastructure.

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Where are your images and what do they contain?

In the “Rapid deployments with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning” blog entry, we have shown that virtual machines or appliances can be started and configured in a matter of seconds. It has never been so easy to create a virtual machine (VM), install software, and configure middleware. However, with great power comes great responsibility…it is now possible to create a VM, but what is its lifecycle? Will it be destroyed after being used, is the starting image deprecated, or is there a better starting image given the needed configuration and software install requirements?

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Securing virtual machines in the cloud

In today's dynamic environment, new thinking is required when it comes to security, especially because the infrastructure is more abstract and less defined, everything needs a web interface, agents and heavy clients are not acceptable, and traditional defences no longer apply.

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SmartCloud Provisioning

When optimizing traditional IT with private cloud technology, one of the operational benefits IT organizations look for is the ability to provision key business services in hours instead of weeks or months.

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Introduction: IBM Workload Deployer

You may already be aware of the concept of a virtual machine (VM) – a place on the cloud where you can install software and run applications, and VMs can be configured to do many things, but let's take that idea one step further.

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