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)
It seems like just about every cloud computing discussion with a development
audience results in the same question being asked: “Why does this matter to
me?” As cloud computing first appears to be primarily an
operational-centric paradigm, it is easy to understand the reason this is
asked. This question can be answered in a variety of ways. Some may say that
cloud computing doesn’t affect the developer in any way, while others will
say developers need to totally revamp their skill set to cope with the new
landscape proffered by cloud computing. The truth, as always, is somewhere ... (more)
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The new IBM WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance is a one-stop shop for creating,
deploying, and managing WebSphere virtual systems in a private cloud. It has
quite a lot of very cool features that make this a possibility, and I could
go on and on about those features. That’s not where I’m heading today
though. Recently, I’ve spent a bit of time experimenting with the
appliance, and there’s a theme throughout the entire offering that has me
truly excited to see this in the hands of users: Consumability.
It’s nice to have cool features and function, ... (more)
The WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance can bring speed and agility to test
organizations by drastically increasing the pace and ease with which users
interact with WebSphere Application Server environments. I recently got a
chance to catch up with IBM's Robbie Minshall. Robbie is a WebSphere Test
Architect, and he is responsible for a team of testers that harness a lab of
over 2,000 physical machines to put our WebSphere Application Server product
through some pretty rigorous testing.
Toward the beginning of 2009 Robbie’s team started to leverage the
WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance in... (more)