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Thoughts on Cloud is a collection of cloud computing conversations led by IBMers and sponsored by IBM. The goal of this site is to provide readers with a forum to discuss and debate various cloud computing topics. Our intention is to cultivate a dialogue, so we hope you’ll join the conversation and share some of the content you find here with your colleagues and friends. We don’t expect to answer all of the questions raised, but we look forward to thoughtful and lively discussions with the greater cloud computing community. All postings represent the opinions of the individual contributors, and do not necessarily represent IBM’s positions, strategies, or opinions.


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Letzte Blogeinträge

  • Can cloud improve our children’s education?

    Dienstag, 28. August 2012

    As a school governor responsible for the education of four to seven year olds in information technology I’ve been thinking recently about how cloud affects both what we need our children to learn and also how they learn it.

  • What about storage?

    Montag, 27. August 2012

    Cloud computing virtues have been discussed at great length. From resource pooling to the elasticity of a server environment, there are great advantages that keep costs down and provide an environment that can grow (or shrink) as required.

    It’s not only about the servers. Storage is an important part of the equation as well and on its own can be accountable for a large part of the cost savings associated with cloud environments.

    Many IT projects can generate and use large amounts of data, and in many cases the data is required for a short period of time.

  • An effective integration between IBM SmartCloud Provisioning and IBM Tivoli Monitoring

    Freitag, 24. August 2012

    I really liked the post “Rapid deployments with IBM SmartCloud Provisioning” that explains how simple and fast it is to deploy instances using IBM SmartCloud Provisioning.

    But after the instances are deployed the next question is:

    How can I “easily” monitor the performance and availability of the OS and applications of launched instances?

  • Challenges for hybrid clouds

    Donnerstag, 23. August 2012

    Hybrid clouds are starting to become more and more attractive for larger enterprises. The claim is that hybrid clouds combine the benefits of both private and public clouds, but omit their drawbacks. Although this sounds great, let’s look at the challenges we face when we start to design and build a hybrid cloud:

  • Tip: Enable IBM SmartCloud Entry for email notifications

    Mittwoch, 22. August 2012

    Why would I want to do this?

    This 3-step quick tip is provided because we’ve received a few questions about enabling email notification for IBM SmartCloud Entry (from IBM Starter Kit for Cloud).

    Possible symptom

    IBM SmartCloudEntry fails to send email notifications to Gmail (or other mail systems requiring SSL based authentication).

  • Alleviating IT headaches for small and midsize businesses

    Dienstag, 21. August 2012

    New technology can make the lives of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) more complicated.

    In a survey conducted by Techaisle, an SMB market research organization, 54 percent of SMBs claimed that their IT difficulties actually increased over the past 3 years. Another 39 percent said these IT struggles outweighed their business challenges.

    As they constantly find themselves dealing with IT issues rather than reaping the benefits of these solutions, precious time and resources are being diverted from identifying new market opportunities to grow their business.

  • Getting social in the cloud

    Montag, 20. August 2012

    There’s no denying the impact of cloud computing. It has quickly matured to a point where it’s considered a mainstream technology service and the benefits can seem endless. My customers have experienced reduced IT costs and they appreciate how easy it is to set up, how it scales to their business’ storage needs seamlessly, provides their partners and employees with remote access from anywhere at anytime, and its security benefits, a fairly attractive characteristic for most organizations.

  • Invitation: August 22nd/23rd IBM SmartCloud Enterprise Developers Group Virtual Meeting

    Montag, 20. August 2012

    A meeting for SCE customers and users of the REST APIs and related tools to develop solutions on the cloud. Previously known as the API Users Group.

  • Drivers and inhibitors in the journey to the cloud

    Freitag, 17. August 2012

    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 the cloud-facing organizations today:

  • IT Outsourcing 3.0?

    Donnerstag, 16. August 2012

    I probably first heard the term Web 2.0 around 2005, and having come from a technical background where version/release/modification (VRM) was typically only used in the context of software version control, seeing it applied to something that was conceptual or at best used to describe common attributes of a set of “things” was new to me.

    Equally there is a re-emerging trend now in the consumer markets to adopt this too – Windows 8, iPhone 5, iPad 3 …no sorry, the new iPad….ah , we seem to have stopped again now!