A recent announcement from IBM signaled the availability of a new offering
in the smarter planet initiative: IBM Smart Business Development & Test on
the IBM Cloud. One of the newest offerings in the suite of cloud products
from IBM, the IBM Cloud provides a public cloud where users can launch and
run selected IBM software. As its name implies, the IBM Cloud is especially
focused on development and test scenarios.
The idea is to let developers and testers quickly spin up both development
and application runtime tools, use them, and just as quickly tear them down.
Since all of the software runs on the IBM Cloud infrastructure users don't
need to acquire hardware or software, nor do they deal with lengthy install
processes. All they do is select the necessary software components and launch
them into the cloud.
IBM was one of the sponsors of the 4th International Cloud... (more)
The recently announced IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance is poised to make a
big splash in the cloud computing market. Its ability to create, deploy, and
administer private WebSphere cloud environments gives customers the ability
to create and manage a services oriented cloud. To provide a more in-depth
look at what the appliance delivers, I’d like to take a short look at the
creation, deployment, and administration capabilities to understand what each
one means to the user.
To get started, in order to leverage WebSphere environments in a private
cloud, you need to construct Web... (more)
Early Bird Savings at Cloud Expo
As hard as I tried I couldn't resist the lure of doing some type of
year-end/new year type cloud blog. However, I decided to forgo the route of
giving you a recap of what happened this year in cloud computing or
attempting to guess where the rapidly expanding and changing cloud market is
going via a list of 2010 cloud predictions. Instead, I've decided to give you
my very own 2010 cloud computing wish list.
Mind you, the things on this list aren't predictions for what's going to
happen, nor is it made up of items that have a direct tie to any part... (more)
IBM Journal on Ulitzer
I've written numerous technical entries both here and elsewhere about the
WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance. The appliance is a cloud management device
that is geared towards those enterprises that for a variety of reasons
(security, privacy, performance, customization capability, existing
investment, etc.) are looking to benefit from on-premise or private clouds.
The initial version of WebSphere CloudBurst, released in June of 2009,
introduced the capability for you to create, deploy, and manage WebSphere
application environments in a cloud that they retain con... (more)
IBM Session at Cloud Expo
From a constrained viewpoint, the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance serves as a
virtualization management solution for WebSphere application environments. In
that light, I cannot tell you how many times customers ask me to delineate
WebSphere CloudBurst from the other virtualization management solutions that
are either out on the market or currently used in their business. I love to
hear this request for two reasons:
1) It signals that many enterprises already practice or are
thinking about virtualization in the application environment space.
2) ... (more)