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Benchmarking the cloud? New metrics required

Nowadays the various cloud models, sourcing types and multiple offerings require a different benchmark approach to be fully relevant to cloud environments.

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Experience world-class IaaS and PaaS on IBM SmartCloud Enterprise for free

In depth description of the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise promotion, which launches today.

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Leveraging Tivoli Service Automation Manager to create IBM Workload Deployer patterns

IBM Workload Deployer is an appliance that is packaged with software to manage resources in a cloud computing environment to deploy WebSphere patterns.

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IBM SmartCloud Enterprise unleashed

This blog post contains an overview of the capabilities of, and how to use and configure IBM SmartCloud Enterprise to fit your business needs and add the most value.

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Drift detection of virtual instances using IBM SmartCloud Provisioning

In this blog post, I describe a root-cause detection scenario using IBM SmartCloud Provisioning.

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Tired of waiting for my servers

My client recently bought another company with 800 new users to join the clients existing enterprise landscape. Besides the other activities, I have to provide 800 new IBM Lotus Notes Accounts. Of course the first request is to get them connected to the collaboration tools, especially email. Sounds simple, but seeing the capacity of the existing servers, I had to order new hardware first.

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Lessons learned: IBM SmartCloud Provisioning

The main advantage I have seen with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning is the speed at which it can deploy and destroy machines. In this example, I deploy a base image, customize it for a test, capture that image for later use, and then create a test set with the new modified image.

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IBM and Citrix – SmartCloud Desktop Infrastructure

Together, IBM Global Services and Citrix have completed 15 XenDesktop rollouts in the last year that were over 1,000 seats. Several exceeded 20,000 seats with customers spread across the world. As desktop virtualization adoption expands across the enterprise, we are working together with customers to deliver virtual desktops to the entire user base of many of these organizations. IBM helps Citrix customers before and after their desktop virtualization rollout through their service offerings featuring Citrix technology.

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Selling in the cloud

Looking toward the future, you start planning for your peak demand season. This could be numerous products: if you sell flowers, graduation, Mother's Day, and Valentine's Day will be big for you; if you sell general retail items, from Black Friday until Christmas Eve will be huge for you. What does this planning look like?

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Bare necessities: Services needed or required by SMBs

When we’re discussing the cloud, usually we’re discussing the cost reduction, lowering capital investment, or both. These discussions are mostly relevant for large enterprises because they can gain significant benefits from the cloud environment, by having a well designed and implemented cloud. But, what’s there for small and medium businesses (SMBs) regarding cloud computing?

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Cloud versus globalization

Why compare cloud and globalization? Cloud is certainly a form of globalization, very often based on specialization and cost reduction.

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IBM Cloud Ecosystem: Spotlight on Sonian

Over the last few months, Sonian has shown its value as a truly unique cloud vendor as it begins to expand the IBM cloud's capabilities, so I thought it was due time to work with Sonian on relaying the company’s words to the global cloud community.

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