This article originally appeared in IBM's "Thoughts on Cloud" blog which can be found here: http://thoughtsoncloud.com/ September 27,
5 considerations when moving to the cloud
While there is great appeal for moving to the cloud, you might want to be on
the lookout for some of the following considerations. While these are the top
ones, they do not constitute an exhaustive list.
1. Monitoring: can I see what I have and monitor it?
This is an essential part of assessing how your... [More]
by C.J. Meidlinger On or about the beginning of March 2013, the IBMers known as 'lab proctors' will set out from their homes all over the globe, converge on Las Vegas, and test their lab environments one last time before opening them up to the thousands of Pulse 2013 ( http://www-01.ibm.com/software/tivoli/pulse ) participants. A typical day for a lab proctor is pretty long. The lab room is often open for business before the first lecture session of the day and there are always a few hangers-on at the end of the day trying... [More]
A look behind the scenes at InterConnect:
Developing more than 220 hands-on labs
by David Ross
IBM will host one of its premier conferences at the end of February in Las Vegas. Many software brands, business partners and customers will come together at InterConnect 2015 to see the latest... [More]
A manager’s thoughts on Thoughts On Cloud
By Jim Palistrant
I tell everyone I have a great team and I mean it. They work well together and help each other as needed to get the job done. Our solution portfolio includes Cloud offerings such as SmartCloud Orchestrator , performance management offerings in the Application Performance Management area and SmartCloud Control Desk , a unified asset and service management software . We typically but not always focus on building and delivering... [More]
Matter, episode #349523, Part Deux
By David Ross
In the previous entry, I began detailing the odyssey
of getting a wireless network up and running for our hands-on lab systems. We
made it to Saturday, and our connections were still not stable.
When I arrived in the lab room Saturday morning, I
found that a rogue SSID had introduced itself in some way. It very well could
have been there on Friday, but maybe I had not refreshed my network view to see
it. The networking team was fighting a fire of their own... [More]
Service Health for IBM SmartCloud Provisioning
Streamlines Installation Allowing Shorter Time to
by Charles Carter
IBM is making it easier to deploy IBM SmartCloud Monitoring,
a product which integrates IBM Tivoli Monitoring and IBM SmartCloud Provisioning
in an Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) offering. IBM Service Health for
SmartCloud Monitoring 2.1 offers pre-built integration between the two products
reducing the time to value.
SmartCloud Monitoring is one component of IBM SmartCloud
Foundation which... [More]
IBM Business Process Manager
enhances SmartCloud experience
by Matthias Haeussler
SmartCloud Orchestrator (SCO), the open-source-based software offering from IBM, provides cloud management services that enable customers to accelerate delivery of cloud-based solutions. Included within SCO is IBM Business Process Manager (BPM). A feature-rich offering, BPM is both powerful and complex. While BPM can present a challenging learning curve, the things it enables you to do are well worth the journey.... [More]
Chef uses cooking analogies
To build environments rapidly
by Budi Darmawan
This time, I’ll talk like a foodie… about chef, cookbooks and recipes. Well, this is not exactly about food though. The chef here would ‘cook’ the recipe to build a distributed server environment. This blog post describes my journey in understanding chef and its implication for a distributed system implementation.
Chef is owned by Opscode, Inc., ( www.opscode.com... [More]
can streamline provisioning;
virtual machines and bare-metal servers using the same infrastructure
by Paul Quigley
Many customers have a need to provision bare metal servers
as well as virtual servers in the cloud. The customers want to use the same
self-service user interface for both types of resources.
Bare metal provisioning is different than virtualization.
The term virtualization refers to the creation of a virtual (rather... [More]
in the cloud
use of cloud technologies
questions and concerns for the average consumer
and working with cloud technologies, I see presentations from
executives, sales professionals, service folks, and my immediate
colleagues. I look at implementation plans and understand the
benefits to moving infrastructure, services, processes and storage to
cloud environments. I also see the challenges that cloud can
present. In working with... [More]
in the Cloud, part 2
C omputer-on-a-board provides a home network solution
automated, secure data backup at a low cost
mentioned in the previous posting, I wanted to take advantage of
cloud technology benefits, but was leery of having extremely private
information compromised. To get the best of both worlds, I elected
to go with an in-home cloud, and I got to play with some pretty slick
stuff along the way.
had an in-home backup... [More]
This article originally appeared in the IBM "ThoughtsOnCloud" blog earlier this fall. You can visit www.thoughtsoncloud.com for other interesting and pertinent articles Drivers and inhibitors in the journey to the cloud
While many companies are considering moving their applications to the cloud,
there is still reluctance to do so in light of some considerations and the
potential pitfalls that might be encountered.
So let’s have a look at some of the inhibiting and driving factors to move to... [More]
Following standards matters—
whether in motors or the cloud
by David Ross
This past weekend I spent parts of three days working on my son's car, and gained another insight and appreciation for standards in general. This activity also got me to musing on the recent IBM push for building our products based on Open Standards.
You don't have to dig far to see why having a standard interface and platform can be beneficial. At the risk of sounding like a commercial, I have to give high praise to the... [More]
an interesting IT exercise:
explaining Cloud Computing to your significant other by Erik Anderson
I set off on a mission a few weeks ago to explain what I
work on at IBM to my spouse. In doing so, I realized that the first thing I
needed to do to actually succeed at that was to relate cloud computing to something that she could understand.
In the end, I decided on using rental cars as an analogy.
As it turned out, this example resonated very well with
many different people, and I received several comments and... [More]
IBM Addresses Virtual Image Lifecycle Management;
Adds Integration with Virtual Center Server
by Paul Quigley
IBM has enhanced the company’s Virtual Image Library (VIL)
technology and included it as a component of IBM SmartCloud Provisioning (SCP)
version 2.1 announced
on August 10, 2012. Virtual Image Library is a software component designed to
warehouse virtual images and ease image lifecycle management of those images.
According to sources within IBM Software Group, changes in
the latest release of SCP include... [More]