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IBM Joins Forces with Over 45 Organizations to Launch Cloud Standards Customer Council for Open Cloud Computing New user-led group to focus on addressing the challenges and requirements of using an Open Cloud
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FleetCor Selects Brocade to Provide Cloud-Optimized Network Services for 500,000 Commercial Accounts
Leading Fuel Card Provider Values Brocade Market Leadership, Reliability and Network Security
SAN JOSE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 07/19/11 -- Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) today announced that FleetCor, a leading independent global provider of specialized payment products and services to businesses, commercial fleets, major oil companies, petroleum marketers and government fleets, has selected Brocade as the vendor to build its cloud-optimized network. This new network enhances FleetCor's ability to securely process millions of transactions monthly and ultimately better serve its commercial accounts in 18 countries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.
Millions of commercial payment cards are in the hands of FleetCor cardholders worldwide, and they are used to purchase billions of gallons of fuel per year. Given this volume of network-based transactions, network reliability, scalability and security were critical factors for FleetCor to consider in its selection process to maintain superior customer satisfaction.
In addition, FleetCor selected Brocade as its networking expert to help evolve its data center and IT operations into a more agile private cloud infrastructure. Brocade® cloud-optimized networks are designed to reduce network complexity while increasing performance and reliability. Brocade solutions for private cloud networking are purpose-built to support highly virtualized data centers.
"When we evaluated networking vendors to build our private cloud, we looked at market leadership and non-stop access to critical data," said Waddaah Keirbeck, senior vice president global IT, FleetCor. "Brocade cloud-optimized networking solutions are perfect for our data centers because they allow us to optimize applications faster, virtually eliminate downtime and help us meet service level agreements for our customers. Moving to a cloud-based model also provides us the flexibility to make adjustments on the fly and access secure information virtually anywhere and anytime."
FleetCor installed a Brocade MLXe router for each of its three data centers, citing scalability as a major driver for the purchase. This approach enables FleetCor to virtualize its geographically distributed data centers and leverage the equipment it already has, at the highest level, to achieve maximum return on investment. The Brocade MLXe provides additional benefits for FleetCor by using less power and has a smaller footprint than competitive routers; critical in power-and space-constrained locations in order to allow for growth. The Brocade MLXe also enables continuous business operation for FleetCor based on Multi-Chassis Trunking, massive scalability supporting highest 100 GbE density in the industry with no performance degradation for advanced features like IPv6 and flexible chassis options to meet network and business requirements.
The Brocade ServerIron ADX Series of high-performance application delivery switches provides FleetCor with a broad range of application optimization functions to help ensure the reliable delivery of critical applications. Purpose-built for large-scale, low-latency environments, these switches accelerate application performance, load-balance high volumes of data and improve application availability while making the most efficient use of the company's existing infrastructure. It also delivers dynamic application provisioning and de-provisioning for FleetCor's highly virtualized data center, enables seamless migration and translation to IPv6 with unmatched performance.
As an added benefit for its bottom line, through the use of Brocade ADX Series switches and Brocade MLX™ Series routers FleetCor has eliminated thousands of costly networking cables, saving it hundreds of thousands of dollars and allowing the company to segment, streamline and secure its network. FleetCor has also been able to easily integrate Brocade network technology with third-party offerings already installed in the network, for complete investment protection. FleetCor anticipates moving to 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) solutions for its backbone switch in the near future.
"We wanted a dependable, secure, redundant, 24 by 7 backbone switch in each of our data centers to help us leverage the benefits of cloud computing and the Brocade MLXe delivered on all fronts," said Keirbeck. "By virtualizing our data center, Brocade allows for non-stop access to the mission-critical data that FleetCor and its customers rely on every day. We chose the Brocade MLXe because of the tremendous results we already saw from our existing Brocade solutions and the exceptional support and service."
According to a report from analyst firm Gartner, "Although 'economic affordability' is an immediate, attractive benefit, the biggest advantages (of cloud services) result from characteristics such as built-in elasticity and scalability, reduced barriers to entry, flexibility in service provisioning and agility in contracting."(1)
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(1)Gartner " Cloud-Computing Service Trends: Business Value Opportunities and Management Challenges, Part 1" February 23, 2010
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JeffHebert 060001UEQ2 Tags:  disk dedupe ibm paas nas virtualize cloud iaas storage san saas 2,272 Visits
IBM offers three types of cloud solutions, for storage and other services: Smart Business on the IBM Cloud, Smart Business Cloud services, and Smart Business Systems.
− Smart Business on the IBM Cloud are standardized services provided by IBM on a pay-per-use basis.
− Smart Business Cloud services are private cloud services, behind your firewall, built and/or run by IBM
- Smart Business Systems are purpose-built, integrated Service Delivery Platform solutions
IBM also offers cloud consulting to help plan and convert applications to the cloud model.
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DevOps has become something of a buzzword lately but the idea behind it can be truly powerful. Using a combination of technology and best practices to increase collaboration between development and operations teams can accelerate the application development lifecycle while improving software quality and reducing costs.
ARMONK, N.Y. & BENGALURU, India - 04 Mar 2011: Today IBM (NYSE: IBM) and The Karnataka Vocational Training and Skill Development Corporation (KVTSDC), an organization within the Department of Labour in India's fastest growing state, announced a new partnership to help millions of citizens find work using their mobile devices. Once created, this technology could be applied in emerging economies around the world.
The World Wide Web has provided unfettered access to information, opened new business and employment opportunities, transformed the way we communicate, helped eliminate geographical barriers and paved the way for global collaboration and integration. But in many of the world's most rapidly growing economies, there is a lack of affordable access to personal computers and the Internet – and in rural areas in particular, widespread illiteracy compounds this gap.
Today in India only 7 percent of the population has access to the Web, but at the same time mobile phones and services are becoming increasingly affordable and reliable, creating the emergence of a Mobile Web and opening the door for citizens to access important government services through their phones.Read more>
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Brocade and Avnet Technology Solutions Bring Simplified Server and Desktop Virtualization Solutions to the Channel Through the Brocade CloudPlex Architecture
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* Press room * Press releases IBM Expands the Institute for Electronic Government in Washington to Focus on Advancements in Analytics and Cloud Computing
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IBM Expands the Institute for Electronic Government in Washington to Focus on Advancements in Analytics and Cloud Computing
Virtual Collaboratory to Connect Thousands of Government Leaders Globally
WASHINGTON - 01 Mar 2011: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced a major expansion of its Institute for Electronic Government (IEG) in Washington, D.C., adding cloud computing and analytics capabilities for public sector organizations around the world.
IBM has moved and expanded the facility in order to meet the growing demand from Government, Health Care and Education leaders who recognize the potential of cloud computing environments and business analytics technologies to improve efficiencies, reduce costs and tackle energy and budget challenges.
According to recent IBM surveys of technology leaders globally, 83 percent of respondents identified business analytics -- the ability to see patterns in vast amounts of data and extract actionable insights -- as a top priority and a way in which they plan to enhance their competitiveness. In addition, an overwhelming majority of respondents -- 91 percent -- expect cloud computing to overtake on-premise computing as the primary IT delivery model by 2015.
The institute provides insights and expertise on emerging technology solutions, drawing on IBM researchers, experts in advanced software platforms, and consultants with deep industry knowledge in areas such as government, health care, transportation, social services, public safety, customs and border management, revenue management, defense, logistics, and education. Read More>
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With the barrage of cloud news constantly hitting the market, it can be challenging for organizations to differentiate between all of the solutions and capabilities out there.
But with the latest cloud offering from IBM, the value proposition is quite simple—you get a low-cost, low-risk entry to cloud computing with compelling features. This is especially important for organizations who are still trying to leverage the cost savings of virtualization.
Our customers have told us they’re looking to cloud computing to increase agility—the ability of IT to evolve and meet business needs—and they’re looking for ways to control expenses related to IT investments. They also want to reduce IT complexity while at the same time increase utilization, reliability and scalability of IT resources. And they are looking for the ability to expand capabilities gradually, as their needs change and grow.
In designing a solution to meet all of these needs, we developed IBM SmartCloud Provisioning. Using industry best practices for cloud deployment and management, this new solution allows organizations to quickly deploy cloud resources with automated provisioning, parallel scalability and integrated fault tolerance to increase operational efficiency and respond to user needs.
The name doesn’t tell the whole story though. IBM SmartCloud Provisioning is a full-featured solution wrapped up in an easy-to-implement package. That means you get:
· Rapidly scalable deployment designed to meet business growth
· Reliable, non-stop cloud capable of automatically tolerating and recovering from software and hardware failures
· Reduced complexity through ease of use and improve time to value
· Reduced IT labor resources with self-service requesting and highly automated operations
· Control over image sprawl and reduced business risk through rich analytics, image versioning and federated image library features
Using this technology, we’ve seen customers get a cloud up and running in just hours—realizing immediate time to value. It’s fast—administrators have been able to go from bare metal to ready-for-work in under five minutes, or start a single VM and load OS in under 10 seconds, or scale up to 50,000 VMs in an hour (50 nodes).
But ultimately, these IT benefits have translated to business benefits—customers have been able to see how cloud computing can impact their business, and how they can accelerate the delivery of new services to drive revenue.
Cloud Computing is a term that is often bandied about the web these days and often attributed to different things that -- on the surface -- don't seem to have that much in common. So just what is Cloud Computing? I've heard it called a service, a platform, and even an operating system. Some even link it to such concepts as grid computing -- which is a way of taking many different computers and linking them together to form one very big computer.
A basic definition of cloud computing is the use of the Internet for the tasks you perform on your computer. The "cloud" represents the Internet.
Cloud Computing is a Service
The simplest thing that a computer does is allow us to store and retrieve information. We can store our family photographs, our favorite songs, or even save movies on it. This is also the most basic service offered by cloud computing.
Flickr is a great example of cloud computing as a service. While Flickr started with an emphasis on sharing photos and images, it has emerged as a great place to store those images. In many ways, it is superior to storing the images on your computer.
First, Flickr allows you to easily access your images no matter where you are or what type of device you are using. While you might upload the photos of your vacation to Greece from your home computer, you can easily access them from your laptop while on the road or even from youriPhone while sitting in your local coffee house.
Second, Flickr lets you share the images. There's no need to burn them to a compact disc or save them on a flash drive. You can just send someone your Flickr address.
Third, Flickr provides data security. If you keep your photos on your local computer, what happens if your hard drive crashes? You'd better hope you backed them up to a CD or a flash drive! By uploading the images to Flickr, you are providing yourself with data security by creating a backup on the web. And while it is always best to keep a local copy -- either on your computer, a compact disc or a flash drive -- the truth is that you are far more likely to lose the images you store locally than Flickr is of losing your images.
This is also where grid computing comes into play. Beyond just being used as a place to store and share information, cloud computing can be used to manipulate information. For example, instead of using a local database, businesses could rent CPU time on a web-based database.
The downside? It is not all clear skies and violin music. The major drawback to using cloud computing as a service is that it requires an Internet connection. So, while there are many benefits, you'll lose them off if you are cut off from the Web.
Cloud Computing is a Platform
The web is the operating system of the future. While not exactly true -- we'll always need a local operating system -- this popular saying really means that the web is the next great platform.
What's a platform? It is the basic structure on which applications stand. In other words, it is what runs our apps. Windows is a platform. The Mac OS is a platform. But a platform doesn't have to be an operating system. Java is a platform even though it is not an operating system.
Through cloud computing, the web is becoming a platform. With trends such as Office 2.0, we are seeing more and more applications that were once the province of desktop computers being converted into web applications. Word processors like Buzzword and office suites likeGoogle Docs are slowly becoming as functional as their desktop counterparts and could easily replace software such as Microsoft Office in many homes or small offices.
But cloud computing transcends Office 2.0 to deliver applications of all shapes and sizes fromweb mashups to Facebook applications to web-based massively multiplayer online role-playing games. With new technologies that help web applications store some information locally -- which allows an online word processor to be used offline as well -- and a new browser called Chrome to push the envelope, Google is a major player in turning cloud computing into a platform.
Cloud Computing and Interoperability
A major barrier to cloud computing is the interoperability of applications. While it is possible to insert an Adobe Acrobat file into a Microsoft Word document, things get a little bit stickier when we talk about web-based applications.
This is where some of the most attractive elements to cloud computing -- storing the information on the web and allowing the web to do most of the 'computing' -- becomes a barrier to getting things done. While we might one day be able to insert our Google Docs word processor document into our Google Docs spreadsheet, things are a little stickier when it comes to inserting a Buzzword document into our Google Docs spreadsheet.
Ignoring for a moment that Google probably doesn't want you to have the ability to insert a competitor's document into their spreadsheet, this creates a ton of data security issues. So not only would we need a standard for web 'documents' to become web 'objects' capable of being generically inserted into any other web document, we'll also need a system to maintain a certain level of security when it comes to this type of data sharing.
Possible? Certainly, but it isn't anything that will happen overnight.
What is Cloud Computing?
This brings us back to the initial question. What is cloud computing? It is the process of taking the services and tasks performed by our computers and bringing them to the web.
What does this mean to us?
With the "cloud" doing most of the work, this frees us up to access the "cloud" however we choose. It could be a super-charged desktop PC designed for high-end gaming, or a "thin client" laptop running the Linux operating system with an 8 gig flash drive instead of a conventional hard drive, or even an iPhone or a Blackberry.
We can also get at the same information and perform the same tasks whether we are at work, at home, or even a friend's house. Not that you would want to take a break between rounds of Texas Hold'em to do some work for the office -- but the prospect of being able to do it is pretty cool.
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