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In these articles, we'll describe real-world cloud case studies and tell you how to turn theory into practice.
Cloud & industry, Part 1: PaaS best practices and patterns (series)
This article is the first part of a series on enabling cloud computing in industry solutions. This introduction covers basic cloud computing philosophy and industry solution knowledge. You will learn about the requirements and functions of three models to deliver industry solutions, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS), and how you can use best practices and patterns with the PaaS framework in particular to deploy and manage cloud computing solutions. The next articles in the series will discuss how cloud computing capabilities can be applied specifically to the chemical and petroleum and telecommunications domains.
Managing cloud operations using sMash-ing Assemble flows
This series of articles has focused on actual examples of where IBM WebSphere sMash was selected and used to perform innovative and valuable tasks to aid in the operations of IBM's Green Innovation Data Center (GIDC) in Southbury, CT, USA. It reveals how you can leverage the WebSphere sMash Assemble flow capabilities to rapidly construct task and activity workflows that can be easily altered through editing and configuration rather than coding changes.
Deliver cloud network control to the user
One concern for adopters of cloud technology is control -- control of data, control of access, even control of networking in the cloud, across multiple clouds, and between the cloud and private infrastructures. The authors describe how using a virtual network -- hybrid devices that act as virtual routers, switches, SSL and IPSec VPN concentrators, and protocol redistributors, all tied up in a configurable mesh -- can give the user control of addressing, topology, protocols, and encrypted communications for the devices the user deploys to the cloud. A real-world example, using existing technology, will be provided.
Weather report: Build a reconstructable application showcase
IBM WebSphere Emerging Technologies Evangelist Dustin Amrhein uses the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance to illuminate the effort that goes into constructing a showcase enterprise application environment that can host various client sessions and can be reconfigured on demand to support many different instances of those client sessions.
Enable application-centric cloud management
Learn about application-centric-style management, the three key steps to achieve it, and how to automate the deployment of a two-tier J2EE application in the IBM Cloud. This article shows you how to create an action, hook actions to events, and event handling.
Assess enterprise applications for cloud migration
It's a simple question, but the answer is anything but simple: How do you know whether an enterprise application is suited for the cloud? Follow along as the author demonstrates a step-by-step application portfolio assessment approach to determining the suitability of your enterprise applications for the cloud based on the Analytic Hierarchy Process (AHP).
Service virtualization and validation practices for the utility industry
The utilities industry must modernize IT resources and existing, antiquated technologies to meet current business and regulatory requirements and gain better visibility and control of power across the grid. A particular challenge is Advanced Metering Systems. In this article the authors demonstrate how service virtualization can help development and QA teams to meet the challenges of today's smart meter and smart grid implementations.
Cloud computing by government agencies
The United States federal government has the largest annual IT budget of any organization, almost $80 billion in 2010 alone. To save money and improve services, the government is beginning to adopt a cloud first approach towards procuring new and replacement systems. The business cases and technical benefits for moving into the cloud are the same for the government as they are for other firms, only the savings and challenges are much bigger. Government agencies have two special challenges: procurement and security. This article briefly describes the procurement challenges and then jumps into advising government cloud service purchasers on the positives and negatives of security in the cloud, and how to manage their potential vendors' security risks. The security threats are covered from the government's point of view, but smart cloud vendors will take it as a preview of what questions the government might ask them and prepare accordingly.
A Cloud Computing Solution in Universities
This article details the concept of cloud computing using a Virtual Computing Lab (VCL). We specifically focus on a cloud computing implementation methods through the VCL, how it helps within a research-oriented educational institution of higher learning, and finally, we discuss some of the important factors that demonstrate how a VCL provides a scalable, sustainable, economically valuable and viable contribution to the campus layer IT cyber-infrastructure.
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