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

  • Advancements in SmartCloud Services – Proving Out Our Commitment to Add Value Through Innovation

    Donnerstag, 31. Mai 2012

    IBM SmartCloud Enterprise and IBM SmartCloud Services continue to see strong market momentum, driven by innovation! On May 17th we made some important announcements focusing on advancements and client momentum related to our SmartCloud services and solutions capabilities. These announcements help strengthen the broad-based unique value that we deliver to companies like yours and thousands of others the world over.

  • Creating Java code using the handy command-line and Java libraries

    Donnerstag, 31. Mai 2012

    The IBM SmartCloud Enterprise provides a number of APIs, and I describe them in multiple articles on this web site (read: my blog posts).

  • Selling in the cloud

    Mittwoch, 30. Mai 2012

    Why should you be in the cloud? The question is why aren’t you there yet? Let’s take a look at traditional IT with a business-to-consumer retail sales business. Let’s say your store is running on several horizontal nodes for the application server. You also need a load balancer, and caching proxy. Additionally you have several HTTP servers serving static data. Finally, you have a database for all of these application servers to talk. On top of this you need a disaster recovery infrastructure.

  • Extending the cloud ecosystem: Data center to IBM SmartCloud Enterprise migration

    Dienstag, 29. Mai 2012

    Cloud providers often struggle to meet up with customer demand. Demand is generated by immediate needs and immediate needs are influenced by wants of others. The one thing cloud providers do understand is that with an ever growing market and a breadth of technology gaps, cloud ecosystem partners can fill the opportunity gaps with key unique features that will help the masses.

  • Patching AIX virtual machines in a private cloud

    Montag, 28. Mai 2012

    One of the biggest challenges in a cloud environment is the process of maintaining the virtual images with the proper maintenance after they have been provisioned.  Many times customers who have established AIX patching best practices want to leverage their existing process and bring it to the cloud.  Tivoli Endpoint Manager (TEM) provides an efficient way to manage the patch process across several platforms including AIX.  The TEM patch process uses the TEM standard infrastructure, and one of the challenges with this process for some AIX customers is that it downloads the patches to the...

  • Become an IBM Certified Solution Advisor – Cloud Computing Architecture

    Freitag, 25. Mai 2012

    Here’s your chance to get certified in the latest cloud certification program from IBM.

  • IBM in the Open Virtualization Alliance: Leveraging IBM & KVM

    Donnerstag, 24. Mai 2012

    Every decision of investment into building a private cloud — whether it’s a private cloud for in-house use or a full-fledged cloud service provider platform (CSP) offering public cloud services — follows, in principle, a simple equation:

    Investment and maintenance of the cloud < the return of investment over some time

  • The IBM cloud offering decoder

    Mittwoch, 23. Mai 2012

    The first time I heard about cloud computing was a few years ago on the micro-blogging platform, Twitter. It was causing quite a buzz there and I wondered, what is this “cloud” thing that people are talking about?

  • Invitation: May 30th and 31st IBM SmartCloud Enterprise Developers Group Virtual Meeting

    Mittwoch, 23. Mai 2012

    UPDATE: The meeting on May 30 has been postponed. Both meetings will now be held at the same time/place on the 31st.


    • Alex Amies: Storage Management in SCE

    Meeting information:

    May 30, 2012, 10-11 a.m. Eastern US

  • Cloud service level agreements (SLAs): What you don’t know can hurt you

    Dienstag, 22. Mai 2012

    Everyone is talking about moving some of their services to the cloud. However, who is responsible for the management of the services that will operate in a cloud environment?  Who is responsible for identifying the elements of the agreement? What type of agreement should be in place? These are all questions that should be asked and understood before moving a service to the cloud.