You may recall that the beta is a true cloud system that allows you to provision a server or two loaded with IBM Software, or grab a base OS image and load your own software on it.
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You may recall that the beta is a true cloud system that allows you to provision a server or two loaded with IBM Software, or grab a base OS image and load your own software on it.
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As organizations examine the business value of cloud computing, it is important to understand how cloud can lower IT expenses. Understanding how long it takes until your business can recoup the investment it has made or is considering making in cloud computing is what is known as the "payback" period.
To give you the lowdown on the key areas of cost savings that are associated with every cloud infrastructure implementation, IBM has created a guide based on hundreds of client implementations that lists the underlying projects that comprise each cost saving area. These projects are the "action steps" that can be undertaken to obtain the savings for your organization. Download the new IBM Cloud Computing Payback Guide to read about the areas of cost savings.
If you want to know more about maximizing cloud ROI and have an opportunity to ask questions about the information in the guide, register for a webcast on December 15th with Rick Mayo, Senior Marketing Manager, IBM Cloud Computing. Rick will be discussing the fiscal argument for cloud computing.
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Interested in learning how a dynamic infrastructure can integrate your business and IT and make you - and the planet - smarter? Well you're in luck because IBM has a virtual forum available for your access on demand. Arm yourself with the information you need to enable a dynamic infrastructure. Learn how to respond quickly to changing business requirements and effectively manage your IT assets to more efficiently deliver quality services to your customers. See examples of how peers in your industry have attained a dynamic infrastructure partnering with IBM.
This online event features webcasts highlighting trends that are shaping how customers are managing their infrastructures efficiently. Plus you'll gain access to white papers, demos, videos, podcasts and more.
Topics include security, asset management, storage, service management, cloud computing and more.
Access information you need on your path to a dynamic infrastructure.
Register now for Pulse Comes To You Live!
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The delivery and consumption of education is evolving quickly. The good news is cloud computing is here to help enable education providers to more efficiently offer advanced IT services that were previously unattainable. Cloud computing promises to be a transformative model for education providers. To progress the research to deliver the innovation required for a smarter future - IBM created an ecosystem of thought leaders who will set an agenda for how cloud computing can transform education. The IBM Cloud Academy, announced at the Educause annual conference earlier this month, includes a global roster of leaders from educational institutions as initial participants.
The charter of the IBM Cloud Academy will be to define a vision for cloud computing, share ideas and technology and drive innovation in cloud computing to benefit how education is delivered and consumed around the world. It's very cool that the forum the group will use to collaborate is an IBM cloud offering. IBM's LotusLive service provides the basis for the new offering and participants will immediately be able to do some very basic tactical functions on the new system:
An excellent example of how cloud computing is of value in education is illustrated in Pike County Schools System in Eastern Kentucky. They have 10,000 students in 27 schools and 3,000 employees. Like many organizations today, their budget is decreasing while the need for increased access to technology is rising.
"Providing cost-effective technology solutions is an ongoing challenge for today's K-12 schools," said Maritta Horne, Chief Information Officer of Pike County School District in Eastern Kentucky. "With IBM Smart Business Virtual Desktop, more than 10,000 students in Pike County are able to easily and quickly access new courseware through private cloud desktops, and the school system is saving on expenses related to hardware updates, technology support staff and power usage."
As a result, Pike County has achieved a reduction of over 62 percent of end-user support costs while providing equal access to education content across 27 schools and just over 2,000 desktops. The introduction of new courseware – what used to take over a year – can now be implemented instantly across all schools.
As illustrated in Pike County cloud computing has many benefits for academia. These are some of highlights that will be provided through the IBM Cloud Academy program:
Read more about Education for a Smarter Planet and the IBM Cloud Academy.
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IT infrastructure is reaching a breaking point. The facts here startling.
• In distributed computing environments, up to 85% of computing capacity sits idle.
• Consumer product and retail industries lose about $40 billion annually due to supply chain inefficiencies.
• An explosion of information is driving a 54% growth in storage shipments every year to accommodate the data.
• Security breaches are becoming more common.
• Challenges to automation mean highly skilled individuals are supporting basic operational tasks in data centers instead of innovating to serve customers.
The result: new services to customers that are vital to the organizations bottom line are delayed. Even worse are problems that arise from human error associated with mundane, repetitive tasks that severely impact customer satisfaction. The answer? It’s time to start thinking differently about IT infrastructure.
Over time business operations have industrialized to become smarter. Breakthroughs like these required the use of technology-based systems. What if you could industrialize the delivery of your services and reduce the headaches of integrating and maintaining servers, storage & software with a service management system that can provide dramatic improvements in time to market, delivery of services to clients in minutes – rather than weeks -- through self-service, and hands free operational support that eliminates mundane tasks from skilled personnel, all with the lowest cost per unit?
Introducing IBM CloudBurst V1.2, designed from IBM client cloud implementation experiences quickly enables a private cloud in your IT environment. The new release, available now, is optimized to support production workloads with specific needs related to elasticity, security, availability, green monitoring, usage and account management. Join Kristin Lovejoy, Director of IBM CloudBurst Project Office for a webcast now available for replay where she discusses the exciting and expanded service management features. Click on play in the window below to start the webcast or go here.
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After the new offerings around the Dynamic Infrastructure announcement this week (see my earlier blog on this topic), several folks have asked specifically about the Cloud-related Storage solutions IBM offers.
In case you missed it, IBM made a major announcement around Cloud and Storage earlier this month. The focus was on new IBM "Smart Business Systems" that can be used on-premises for private-cloud configurations or by Cloud Computing companies who want to offer IT as a service. IBM Information Archive was the first solution to be announced in this area. IBM Storage expert Tony Pearson provided a couple blogs on this topic:
A "private cloud" implementation for PACS medical images is IBM Grid Medical Archive Solution (GMAS). Doctors, Radiologists, and other medical professionals can access these images over the intranet between multiple locations, such as hospitals and clinics. Spectrum Health, the largest healthcare system in Western Michigan, discusses their experience with this solution.
Video: Spectrum Health improves productivity with GMAS
Also, see the IBM Storage and Cloud Website for more Cloud-related storage offerings.
For staying updated on key IBM storage news, I recommend following IBM Storage on Twitter (@ibmStorage).
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Yesterday, IBM announced new offerings for helping clients build dynamic infrastructures to "address today's challenges to improve service, reduce cost and manage risk, while also laying the foundation to take advantage of future business and IT opportunities."
The announcements focused on three key areas:
A replay of the Webcast covering these announcements is available in case you missed it.
If you're not sure why building a dynamic infrastructure is important, take a look at the Gartner analysis outlining the need for a dynamic infrastructure, a strategy for developing one, and some best practices and options to consider when getting started.
Video: Responding to Today's Demands with a Dynamic Infrastructure
Cloud technologies and solutions were a key part of the Dynamic Infrastructure announcements that covered such things as integrated systems design with private cloud deployments, virtual system pools and management, and next-generation virtualized storage and security technologies.
Here are just a few of the Cloud-related offerings:
My favorite part the day's activities, of course, was that IBM used Twitter for a question and answer session immediately following the Webcast by using the #dyninfra hashtag. Lots of great interaction and participation by the public and IBM experts and Business Partners.
You can continue online conversation and sharing around Dynamic Infrastructure and Cloud via any of these venues:
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In preparation for Pulse 2010
Lizz was generous enough to share some advice to help you increase your chance of having your topic selected for the Pulse conference. Here's how it went down.
LR: Overall, enterprises are very curious about the promise of cloud computing and are looking for ways to get either started with or broaden their adoption of cloud. However, in addition to being interested in potential cost and time savings associated with cloud implementation, enterprises are also maintaining their focus on the same set of IT priorities that existed in “Traditional,” computing -- primarily security and compliance, assurance levels for resource availability, and resource performance.
RH: Which cloud topics would you really like to see presented at Pulse next year and what would separate the compelling ones from the pack?
LR: I’m looking for client presentations that will allow us to show the entire spectrum of what enterprises are doing today in the cloud -- starting with those organization that are just in the early stages and beginning to make use of public clouds to manage spikes -- all the way to the other end of the spectrum with organizations that are already looking to convert major pieces of their existing IT infrastructure to a cloud model. Everyone’s story and sharing of those experiences has the potential to be compelling for our Pulse attendees.
In addition, I’d of course like for us to showcase the IBM solutions for cloud computing that offers answers to the three major enterprise adoption topics I mentioned earlier:
RH: Okay so now that we know the hot topics and what you would like to see as far as topics in the Cloud track, what are the benefits of submitting a proposal for Pulse?
LR: Submitting your proposal is an excellent way to gain visibility for your work. Customers with a selected proposal will receive a complimentary pass to attend Pulse at no charge ($1,995 value) and admission to the on-site VIP client lounge. Attending Pulse will not only be a great way to share your company’s success implementing cloud computing, but it is also a great education and networking opportunity.
RH: Now that we know the benefits of submitting a proposal, who are good candidates for submitting abstracts?
LR: I strongly encourage submissions that mirror our audience for Pulse as much as possible, and as such I think that we’d be looking for topics by and for IT Director/Managers, Service Architects, Systems Administrators, Security Analysts, Storage Managers, Data Center Managers, and Business Transformation Managers.
The watchword should be experience – we want to showcase our clients experience as much as possible. So I will be looking primarily for people in the roles above from our client pool. I am also considering forming a few panels including clients speaking along with IBM executives so I encourage clients who would like to speak on a topic they feel passionate about that fit the criteria I mentioned to submit their proposal and let me know if they have an IBM speaker they would like to partner with in the proposal. I will certainly take all submissions under consideration.
Also if we have Architects / Administrators from either IBM Business Partners or from Global Technology Services, I think that would be a great combination.
RH: What about the Expo at the event, this year clients had a great opportunity to see our solutions in action. Will they have the same opportunity at next year's event?
LR: Yes; for sure. And I will be looking for subject matter experts to work with us to demonstrate and showcase our products – both during the cloud track and then during demo time afterwards at the Expo. That said, I encourage the participation of developers or service delivery people who would like to do a “best practices” or “secrets to success” presentations showcasing and using IBM products.
RH: I am sure our clients will find these tips really useful Lizz. What are you looking for in a good proposal as far as CONTENT - we all know content is king?
LR: Content-wise, three things: client value, client value, client value. We need to make sure we have meaningful technical content, but the key is going to be showing conference attendees how the products and solutions we’ll be discussing can help them become leaner, more efficient organizations on the path to a dynamic infrastructure.
Good proposals will need to have the “how” the customer can do this. But great proposals will actually include “how” with proven time and cost savings numbers.
RH: I’m sure people will want to know what you are NOT looking for in the proposals too. Any advice?
LR: What we’re not going to be looking for is for speakers who “define” the cloud. We’ll be doing that in our track kick-off and potentially in a couple sessions in the cloud track, but we’re looking to take things to the next level by focusing on cloud implementations in the 2010 conference.
RH: Lizz, I am sure anyone considering submitting a proposal for Pulse 2010 will find your advice and tips valuable. Any last comments?
LR: Proposals should describe the initial pain points or problems that existed, how our solutions helped, and the lessons learned that could be applied to other customer situations. This type of proposal and session at Pulse will benefit everyone.
I want to ensure attendees are eager to spend their time listening to the speakers. Proposals should be a preview of the best five minutes of the presentation material -- much like a movie trailer will often reflect the best five minutes of a 90 minute film. Abstracts in particular will be re-purposed in the Pulse program to draw attendees to the sessions, so write your proposal with the intent of attracting the most enthusiastic audience possible.
RH: Finally, what is the deadline for submitting call for speaker proposals and abstracts?
LR: The deadline is November 2nd - which means you have a little over 3 weeks to get your submission entered. I evaluate proposals as they come in so get yours in asap.
With such great guidance from Lizz, I am confident you will write a compelling proposal however time is of the essence. Don’t delay, submit your proposal today.
If you need some help convincing your boss on the value of attending
Pulse be sure
to check out this justification
letter. Need more on why stepping up to the microphone at Pulse 2010 makes sense, take a look at this article. I hope to see you in Las Vegas in February!
If you have any questions on submitting abstracts for Pulse or
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Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud (also known as simply Developer Cloud) is now available as a public beta.
Some of you may recall that it was announced earlier in the year as a US-only, invitation-based Technology Preview. The system has matured substantially since then, and as a beta, is now publicly available on the first-come, first-served basis.Â It also runs the same code as the IBM Internal Cloud environment.
The beta features IBM Software Delivery Services (SDS). SDS is designed to accelerate development and test cycles, and allow users to enjoy the benefits of the cloud directly from their application development and test environments. Images of key pre-configured IBM Software products (such as DB2, WebSphere, Informix, and Rational) are included in SDS, allowing users to experience these products with one mouse click, eliminating the need to download, install, configure and manage them. Â
To tell you more about the beta, our plans, as well as to hear your feedback, you're invited to an open webinar, which will take place on Friday, October 30th, at 12 noon Eastern Time / 9am Pacific.
Here's the registration link.
A few related links:
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Part of the eSymposium: The Cloud and Service Management: How do they connect?
Success in IT has often been characterized by “creative destruction,” as one computing model gives way—often not without some controversy—to another. In many data centers, the mainframe was displaced by distributed computing, and recently both of these have been overshadowed by the incredible advances in leveraging the Internet for IT services.
Today it seems the buzz in IT is all about "cloud computing." But what is cloud computing? Is it yet another paradigm shift in IT, or mere marketing hype? What role does service management and service delivery play in cloud computing? What, if anything, will need to be done differently for this compute model to succeed?
Bruce Otte, senior marketing manager with IBM's cloud computing initiative, will be presenting at this public session. Bruce will focus on the importance of a service delivery and service management focus for effectively leveraging cloud computing.
You will also learn why businesses are keenly interested in this new, game-changing IT model, and the ways you can become a knowledgeable advocate and important resource for your organization in understanding and exploiting the benefits of cloud computing.Sign up today!
There's a lot going on today in the world of cloud computing. If you're going to keep up, you're going to need to keep up daily.
We'll post a new podcast weekly, and include the transcript for your convenience. For now the podcasts will live on their own blog, but we'll notify you here when a new one is posted. Podcasts will also be archived in external sources such as iTunes.
We'll also highlight the podcasts in our monthly newsletter.
Check out the first podcast here.
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What keeps clients, business partners and ISVs from investing in new applications and bringing new solutions to market? Our research revealed the top reasons:
With cloud computing these barriers disappear and software developers gain virtually instantaneous, low-cost access to a broad range of middleware and development platforms.
But how do you get from here to there? How do developers go from earlier ways of building solutions to new, cost-effective cloud-centric models?
On October 1, IBM software experts are teaming up with the technical evangelists at Amazon Web Services (AWS) to host a Cloud Computing for Developers virtual workshop. Topics include:
Check it out, and learn how you can use cloud to create the same apps you’re creating today, at a lower cost. Not only that, but you’ll see how you can begin designing a whole range of new applications with IBM software on the cloud.
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Submitted by Ria Hyman (email@example.com), SWG Marketing Manager for Cloud ComputingWe're frequently asked about the similarities and differences between the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance and IBM CloudBurst (TM) solutions. These products are complementary, and together they accelerate payback in a private cloud environment. The WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance helps bring together deep expertise in building and managing application environments, while IBM CloudBurst creates broad cloud management capabilities, along with the necessary hardware.
WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance is a new hardware appliance that provides access to software virtual images and patterns that can be used as-is, or easily customized, securely deployed, managed, and maintained in a private cloud.
The first hardware appliance of its kind, the WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance stores and secures WebSphere Application Server Hypervisor Edition images and patterns to be dispensed into a cloud. It helps customers easily and quickly develop, test and deploy business applications, ending the use of manual, complex or time-intensive processes associated with creating application environments.
IBM CloudBurst is a complete IBM Service Management package of hardware, software and services, which simplifies your cloud computing acquisition and deployment. Built on the IBM BladeCenter® platform, IBM CloudBurst provides pre-installed, fully integrated service management capabilities across hardware, middleware and applications.
WebSphere CloudBurst Appliance helps developers and operations personnel establish and deploy software images and patterns into a cloud environment. IBM CloudBurst offers a ready-made cloud environment into which these images and patterns can be deployed, and is designed to be used by an organization that doesn’t want to create a cloud environment using existing assets.
Think of WebSphere Cloudburst as the “dispenser” of software environments into a private cloud, and IBM CloudBurst as the “recipient” private cloud environment.
Hand-in-glove, a match made in heaven, call it what you will, these two critical offerings complement each other to help our clients more easily, quickly and cost-effectively leverage IT function.
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