In 2014, all of our blogs published on the software defined site were unique in their own respective ways. The year saw some great announcements and showcased perhaps the most exciting events around IT Infrastructure. The importance of cloud computing and why companies are moving towards cloud computing was clearly evident as it became the buzzword for 2014. No discussion, no talks and no event were complete without cloud computing being a part of it. We thank all our SMEs, contributors and our readers for giving us a tremendous response in 2014.
In this post, we take a recap at some of our top blogs which were well received by the audience and had huge readership throughout the year. Let’s take a look:
10) What if you could attend IBM Pulse 2014 for free?
The blog presented an exciting opportunity for the audience to attend Pulse 2014 which was held from February 23-26 at MGM Grand, Las Vegas for free. All that was needed from the readers was to register with code PULSE14PEEK* for a Pulse Peek Pass to experience the premier cloud conference’ general sessions and expo hall with hundreds of solutions. The Pulse Peek pass included the expo and three days of general sessions spotlighting industry thought leaders and customer speakers.
9) IBM Pulse 2014: A successful cloud experience all around
IBM Pulse 2014, the Premier Cloud Conference, which was held at MGM Grand Las Vegas from February 23rd-26th, delivered an incredible experience. There were more than 11,000 attendees from across the globe, which included over 400 IBM Systems and Storage clients and partners. The audience discovered how to use cloud as a growth engine for business. With a robust curriculum spanning 6 streams, 23 tracks, over 350 speakers and 60+ Systems and Storage oriented breakout sessions and panels, the conference served as an excellent showcase for exciting new Systems-related Cloud solution announcements.
8) Which cloud is right for your business - private, public or hybrid?
A question which is on the mind of all the executives today. Deciding on which cloud platform is the best suited for you can indeed be a challenging task. Jeff Borek, Worldwide Program Director for Cloud talked about how cloud computing affect the business today and which cloud model- private, public or hybrid is effective to implement in the business. Is it best to adopt a public cloud approach, or opt for a private cloud solution? This blog might have the answers for your questions around which cloud platform to choose.
7) Untangling YARN: Building Multitenant Hadoop Environments Part-I
YARN is well named, while an important technology, the world is not suffering from a shortage of resource managers. Some Hadoop providers (including IBM) are supporting YARN. YARN an acronym for “yet another resource negotiator” is an important development for organizations deploying Hadoop environments. What YARN does is essentially de-couple Hadoop workload management from resource management. Our expert Gord J. Sissons spoke about IBM’s point of view which in this case is fairly simple. If an open standard solves the business problem, it is likely the best solution.
6) Cloud twins: DevOps and Software Defined Environments
DevOps and Software Defined Environments (SDE) are new technologies that are needed for efficient cloud deployments. These two technologies are designed to support similar IT infrastructures. The blog explored how DevOps and SDE are designed to complement each other. It addresses the basic questions like What is DevOps?, What is a Software Defined Environment? And how DevOps and SDE work together.
5) The Future of Cloud is Software Defined Environments
Software defined environment, a term which made waves throughout 2014. But what is the need for a Software Defined Environment and how does it is drive efficiency. Today, organizations likely face the same challenges as many of our large complex accounts. Specifically, they would like to be in a position to anticipate market changes and shifts in customer sentiments or preferences while continuing to not only outpace the competition, but also disruptions in their space. Software Defined Environments employ software patterns that better match the power of contemporary workloads with advanced optimized IT resources.
4) IBM SoftLayer is on Cloud Nine
Within a year of its acquisition, SoftLayer became the galvanizing force behind IBM's rapid acceleration to cloud leadership. In July 2013, IBM bought SoftLayer for $2 billion and SoftLayer gained 6,000 + new customers in a year alone. Since the $2 billion acquisition of SoftLayer a last year, IBM has continued to invest in building SoftLayer the foundation of its cloud portfolio.
3) Introducing a New Composable Environment for the Cloud – Codename: Bluemix
Bluemix (Open Standards based Platform as a Service) was Introduced at Pulse2014, Bluemix an IBM PaaS offering based on Cloud Foundry, is an open-standards, cloud-based platform for building, managing and running apps of all types (web, mobile, big data, new smart devices). IBM Bluemix leverages Cloud Foundry to enable developers to rapidly build, deploy, and manage their cloud applications, while tapping a growing ecosystem of available services and runtime frameworks. Designed by developers for developers, IBM Bluemix accelerates application development and rapidly 'assemble' applications via composable services on an ease of use platform.
2) Good Days in PaaS Have Arrived: IBM Bluemix Enters General Availability
With the Bluemix platform being officially available as a commercial offering, it indeed was a start of good days in PaaS. PaaS is a service model where providers deliver infrastructure as well as middleware (databases, messaging engines, etc.) and solution stacks for application build, development and deploy. Bluemix a PaaS offering from IBM based on Cloud Foundry and IBM’s Open Cloud Architecture to build, deploy, manage and run multi-channel applications like web, mobile, big data and other smart services. Bluemix offers DevOps in the cloud. After selecting a range of open source technologies and back-ends, Bluemix provisions the entire environment in the cloud.
1)IBM Edge2014 Content Overview: “Now You Can!!” and “Infrastructure Matters for CAMSS” POVs resonate with Clients,
Partners and Analysts at IBM Edge2014
The premier event for infrastructure innovation was a success! More than 4,200 business and IT professionals from around the world gathered in, Las Vegas for this important IBM event. From the packed General Sessions to EdgeTalks...from WinningEdge and the Managed Service Providers (MSP) Forum...to more than 550 Technical Edge sessions… the conference served as an outstanding showcase for exciting new IT infrastructure breakthroughs and technology announcements related to Storage, x86 Systems and PureSystems. Here’s a recap and some of the noteworthy content memorable moments and takeaways from Edge2014
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Kunal S Sodhi
IBM Systems & Technology Group