Thoughts on Cloud Blog - Cloud Computing conversations led by IBMers

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

  • July #cloudchat: How can cloud drive sustainability?

    Montag, 9. Juli 2012

    It’s a well known fact that cloud computing drives efficient IT operations and business innovation. But the benefits don’t stop there, as efficient operations lead to more sustainable practices throughout the organization. This month’s #cloudchat, taking place Thursday, July 12, from 4-5 p.m.

  • Drift detection of virtual instances using IBM SmartCloud Provisioning

    Montag, 9. Juli 2012

    In this blog post, I describe a root-cause detection scenario using IBM SmartCloud Provisioning.

    Given the ever increasing number of virtual machine (VM) instances and VM images in a cloud ecosystem, it is becoming more and more important to track content and configuration of each of virtual image, mainly for standardization and consolidation purposes.

  • Microsoft vs. OpenOffice: Not the battle of the future!

    Freitag, 6. Juli 2012

    Anyone remember Super Audio CD (SACD)? Or Audio DVD (ADVD)? Those formats once had a battle about which would succeed the Audio CD as the primary media for audio content. However, after the invention of MP3 and its wide distribution, disc formats became obsolete.

  • Maximizing the value of cloud for small and medium enterprises (SMEs)

    Donnerstag, 5. Juli 2012

    I was recently on a business trip in Raleigh, US, attending the IBM Redbooks cloud residency that I had been looking forward to for several months.  Just before I was starting my trip from India for the residency, I was checking with my kids about what gifts they want from the U

  • Tired of waiting for my servers

    Dienstag, 3. Juli 2012

    My client recently bought another company with 800 new users to join the clients existing enterprise landscape. Besides the other activities, I have to provide 800 new IBM Lotus Notes Accounts.

    Of course the first request is to get them connected to the collaboration tools, especially email.  Sounds simple, but seeing the capacity of the existing servers, I had to order new hardware first.

    It drives me crazy to see that I need to deliver in time and budget, but lose all my power in requesting hardware.

  • Cloud: The new staple for businesses to safeguard from natural disasters

    Montag, 2. Juli 2012

    The increasingly connected world has magnified the impact on every aspect of life, including its disruptions.  Uncontrollable events and often unexpected natural disasters such as tropical storms, fires, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, even volcanoes have taken their toll on businesses.

  • IBM PureApplication System: Cloud capabilities on a rack

    Montag, 2. Juli 2012

    Earlier this year, IBM released its IBM PureSystems family of products.  There are two products in this family: IBM PureFlex System and IBM PureApplication System. In very simple terms, the PureSystems family can be thought of as cloud capabilities on a rack. Generally, cloud solutions include computing power, storage, and networking capabilities. PureFlex System provides all these capabilities on a freestanding rack.

  • What Wimbledon can tell us about business and the cloud, mobile and analytics

    Freitag, 29. Juni 2012

    Today’s businesses should keep an eye on Wimbledon this week to see how sports can apply to their competitive challenges. While the competitive nature of Wimbledon appeals to our drive for excellence, the analogy goes much deeper.

  • To cloud or not to cloud

    Freitag, 29. Juni 2012

    Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a Cloud Computing Redbooks Residency at IBM in Raleigh, North Carolina, in the office with the longest corridors I have ever seen. IBMers in Raleigh must be the fittest on the planet because it is a mile walk for a coffee.

  • Privacy in a public cloud: Keeping data safe

    Donnerstag, 28. Juni 2012

    Remember the skepticism around online shopping and e-commerce sites back in the day when the web was young? Everyone was afraid of giving out their credit card information over the Internet, for fear it would be intercepted. We eventually got over that fear, thanks to encryption technologies such as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), which make e-commerce much safer today. That same technology also plays a role in cloud security, and that is one thing to consider, along with other security issues when moving your application to the cloud.