Five ways real people use the cloud to solve business problems

Hear five, real-world examples of businesses harnessing cloud technology to deal with big data, analytics, testing, and mobile security. In just over 5 minutes, learn how cloud computing might stand in as a test bed, a development environment, a storage repository, or even a quick study in predictive analytics.

Scott Laningham (, developerWorks Podcast Editor, IBM developerWorks

Scott LaninghamScott Laningham, host of developerWorks podcasts, was previously editor of developerWorks newsletters. Prior to IBM, he was an award-winning reporter and director for news programming featured on Public Radio International, a freelance writer for the American Communications Foundation and CBS Radio, and a songwriter/musician.

Kane Scarlett, developerWorks Editor

Kane Scarlett is a technology journalist/analyst with 20 years in the business, working for such publishers as National Geographic, Population Reference Bureau, Miller Freeman, and IDG, and managing, editing, and writing for such august journals as JavaWorld, LinuxWorld, and of course, developerWorks.

Robin Langford, developerWorks Managing Editor, IBM

Photo of Robin LangfordRobin Langford, developerWorks managing editor, divides her time between rich media production and IBM product trials. Before developerWorks, she wrote for, edited, and managed information for IBM software and hardware in development. Her degrees are in English from Auburn University in Auburn, AL, and Technical writing from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

11 June 2012

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These five companies are using cloud computing in production settings to achieve five common cloud-oriented goals:

Some basics on how the cloud works

These basic resources will introduce you to cloud computing.

Load balancing and performance testing

Cloud computing is designed to provide on demand resources or services over the Internet, usually at the scale and with the reliability level of a data center; to achieve this reliability, you need to keep the performance level of your cloud at its best. Load balancing — spreading the workload around in a timely fashion — and performance testing — being able to determine your cloud's performance level for all components both before and during transactions — are critical to performing this task.

Load balancing and performance testing: SOASTA

Load balancing and performance testing: developerWorks

Mobile and cloud adoption strategies

Cloud computing and mobile device access go hand in hand; you'll rarely find a cloud environment that doesn't make use of mobile applications. In business's rush to the cloud, there are many questions to answer in order to determine whether the cloud is right for you, what model your business should be following (and to what extent), and just how mobile your cloud needs to be to satisfy the requirements of your customers.

Mobile and cloud adoption strategies: Sogeti

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  • Top 5 mobile apps revealed
  • Best practices for IT departments on mobile app development and integration

Mobile and cloud adoption strategies: developerWorks

Data and predictive analytics

It is now, officially, the era of Big Data. Thanks to faster processing, better bandwidth, and cloud-oriented infrastructure strategies, businesses can capture more and more of the transactional data that occurs between and among users and systems. But capturing and storing that data would just be a waste of effort; so would culling through it by "hand" to try to gain some insights. Thanks to smarter software, you're not limited to those options. Now it is possible to span the enormous volumes of captured data and allow "containerized" best practice and expert knowledge to automatically analyze what the information means; you can even perform these actions on data in transition. Plus, you're no longer limited to looking backwards at what the data means — you can also use this data to predict what will happen next.

Data and predictive analytics: Flagship Solutions Group

Data and predictive analytics: developerWorks

Cloud storage and security

Two things that you always have to have with a technology system are a way to secure your data and a way to store your data. With cloud computing, you start with the traditional IT systems forms of security and storage, then expand those envelopes to include features, methods, and technique that are unique to the structure of a cloud — ensuring transaction speed, reliability, protection and effective access control, and recoverability.

Cloud storage and security: Compsat Technology

Cloud storage and security: developerWorks

On-boarding development tools to the cloud

If you're going to move some or all operations to a cloud environment, you need to be able to take your application development and deployment tools and infrastructure management tools with you. Always be aware of the tools that travel well and those that don't.

On-boarding development tools to the cloud: CloudOne

On-boarding development tools to the cloud: developerWorks

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