Pulse 2014 – The Premier Cloud Conference
By Paul Quigley
Pulse is an annual event, with worldwide attendance from many customers, IBM Business Partners and IBM employees. ,This years’ conference promises to be better than previous years.
This year, Pulse runs from Sunday, Feb. 23 rd through Wednesday, Feb. 26 th . Attendees can choose between technical overviews, case studies, panel and group discussions, meet the experts, birds of a feather, general sessions, even a few receptions, and more.
Let's talk about cloud...
Determining Resource Usage
And Managing Costs
By Paul Quigley
IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator (SCO) provides an open and extensible cloud management platform for managing heterogeneous hybrid environments. IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator provides the following features and benefits:
Standardization and automation of cloud services through a flexible orchestration engine and a self-service portal.
Reusable workload... [More]
TPM toolkit for SmartCloud Orchestrator, part 1
by C. J. Meidlinger
While teaching a SmartCloud Orchestrator (SCO) workshop recently, a student asked about calling Tivoli Provisioning Manager (TPM) from SCO. Although SCO certainly provides tools for building such integrations, it is easier and faster to use integrations built by others. If SCO does not provide a ready-to-use integration for TPM out of the box, the first place one should look is the ISM Cloud Marketplace . A quick check there showed us the IBM SmartCloud Orchestrator... [More]
Impacts of Cloud on daily life
Are very evident to travelers
by David Ross
Note: Any vendor-specific references in this article should be considered examples only, and not endorsements by the author or by IBM Corp .
There is a lot of information out there today about “Cloud Computing”. It is revolutionary and game-changing, in case you did not know. If you don't know what cloud is all about, you need to at least get some basic education. It is changing how we consider many aspects... [More]
What happens when a rental car
Crashes into the cloud?
by Erik Anderson
I’ve shared several times before that I love analogies. I think they are very effective way to help people understand something that they aren’t familiar with. In my first attempt to explain cloud computing to my wife, I used rental car companies to describe how clouds are available when you need them, chargeable on a per use basis, able to be booked by yourself, and scalable – just like cloud... [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]
The Training Bus
A dead end in the evolution
of service delivery
toward cloud computing?
by: C.J. Meidlinger
While on a recent long drive, I remembered an idea for a training delivery solution that some colleagues and I brainstormed back around the turn of the century. The idea was to put a classroom on wheels and bring the training to students. In the form of a trailer or bus, this classroom would have server grade computer hardware, projector and screen, dry erase boards, and... [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]
IBM leverages OpenStack features;
SmartCloud Orchestrator benefits
by John Crawford
For the last few months, the recently renamed Cloud & Smarter Infrastructure Cloud Enablement team (formerly Tivoli Cloud Enablement) has been creating the training material for SmartCloud Orchestrator (SCO). As a part of the SCO team, I have attended meetings, created slides, written speaker notes, reviewed other people’s slides, commented on them and eventually as a team, conducted a T3 or “Train the Trainer”... [More]
What happens when you break the cardinal rule of international travel?
by Erik Anderson
You might be saying to yourself, “Which rule is that?” Before I discuss the rule, let me give you a little background on my situation. This was certainly not my first time abroad, but it was my first time to Israel. I have a bit more international travel coming up, including at least one other trip to the Middle East –where having a passport stamp from one country may cause passport control... [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]
Details Matter, episode #349523
by David Ross
In a series of posts from
last year, I described the process of getting master laptops ready for an event
such as Pulse. 400 laptops with approximately 30 different image sets
configured to host about 180 different hands-on lab experiences. That was a lot
of work. Yet, as I discovered during final setup, there was much more work to
be done. The Wednesday before the opening of Pulse on Sunday, the process of
cloning out the master images to the image sets began. I arrived... [More]
users with virtual desktops addresses some issues
there are some “gotchas” that you need to consider
By Budi Darmawan
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure is an attempt to
provide enterprise wide employees a unified, managed environment for their
workspace. The virtual desktop allows each employee to have his or her desktop
system within the datacenter (i.e.: in the cloud), while they connect to it
using a secure connection from their pervasive devices such as smart phone,... [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]
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]