Welcome! My name is John Pritchard and I'm with IBM's Worldwide Cloud team. I've started this blog as a repository for information on IBM's Private Cloud capabilities. My specific focus is on designing compute solutions for complex Aerospace and Defense systems. Each week I'll take a look at issues surrounding cloud computing in the Federal space and review challenges and lessons learned from some of my experiences in the field. "Why Back of the Napkin?"
In my many years working as an Enterprise Architect I have seen the gamut of approaches to describing and communicating technology. I have sat through strategy sessions and design reviews filled with PowerPoint slides splattered with complex UML diagrams and endless bullet lists - none effective communication tools.
What I have found to be very effective is the whiteboard which tends be an interactive experience with the audience. I use this technique so often that I often joke about my job as "
I just draw pictures."
I am a huge fan of the writings and work of Dan Roam
who has popularized visual thinking in his "
Back of the Napkin"
Unfolding the Napkin"
books. Thus as a trbute to Dan's influence on my work and my goal to simply complex technical topics around Cloud Computing, I've named the blog "
The Back of the Napkin Cloud"
Over time I hope take the Presentation material we currently have on Cloud (found in the Links section) and transition to a set of recorded whiteboards (found on the slideshare widget to the left).IBM and Public Clouds
While I will focus on Private Cloud experiences and technologies, IBM also remains heavily invested in Public Cloud offerings.
As a leader in cloud computing, IBM has shaped what cloud computing is, partnered with our customers to maximize their voice, and put forth a variety of offerings to help customers understand the value of cloud and its adoption. While IBM has been offering application hosting in public clouds for some time now, IBM has recently announced
an IBM owned and operated cloud, accessible to enterprise clients with a business relationship with IBM.
This is a first for cloud.. a "enterprise cloud"... and it is targeted directly at developerWorks core audience: Developers and Testers! The IBM Smart Business Development and Test Cloud not only offers an integrated stack of runtime software, it is supplemented with a rich set of Rational Development & Testing tools! For those applications that you are developing and testing deemed to sensitive for deployment into a public cloud, IBM is also offering a in-house version.
Certainly any cloud can be used for test and development purposes... the new and very cool news here is this purpose built stable of pre-built application elements, including the Rational Development & Testing tools. For developers and testers who want to use IBM software and in particular Rational, this is a super new addition to the ever growing portfolio of Cloud offerings. One other "smart" feature: It feeds the IBM learning engine which will be able to refine this offering based on your feedback!
Complementing the Smart Business Development and Test offerings, developerWorks today announced it is launching a new Cloud zone, focused on providing technical articles, community resources, and support for the enterprise cloud space. This new Cloud zone is a one stop resource for new or experienced Cloud developers, and includes discussion forums, blogs, groups, and most importantly, the ability to connect and network with other developers to accelerate adoption and quickly maximize value of these new IBM Cloud offerings.