Dmitry Rekesh 01000002BB email@example.com Tags:  cloud cloud_computing cloudcomputing cloud-computing delivery_models 2 Comments 2,010 Visits
In the early days of IT, "delivery" meant something very different than it does today. Back then, in response to a purchase order, delivery meant that a lot of computers and related hardware would show up one day on the loading dock of the customer. After that it was often anyone's guess what would happen next.
Ideally, of course, all those computers would eventually be connected, and would provide IT services to the customer.
Today, IT customers expect something very different when we talk about delivery. In the age of cloud computing, customers have the option of jumping right to IT service delivery, and no longer worry about all the intermediate steps required in an earlier time.
Cloud computing offers three distinct delivery models to reach this goal, depending on the needs of the customer: private cloud, public cloud or hybrid cloud. As the name suggests, a private cloud is contained within the firewalled customer IT environment. Here the customer has all the capabilities of cloud computing-rapid service provisioning, elasticity of compute resources, unsurpassed network latency, and higher asset utilization. The customer can also implement any security and compliance policies that may be required for their confidential or sensitive applications or data. Human resources and financial data analysis typically have good synergy with this cloud model.
The public cloud provides elastic IT resources as a service on the internet in the pay-by-the-drink "op-ex" model, which essentially eliminates capital expenditure ("cap-ex"), as well as the need to plan ahead. In the public cloud model, massive array of resources could be deployed in minutes and vacated just as quickly. Unlike the private cloud, however, there is less customization possible and the menu of services offered is often limited. Public clouds are frequently used for one-time processing of non-critical data and content hosting with unpredictable traffic demands.
Finally, hybrid clouds are environments that live outside the corporate firewall, yet offer an added degree of security that isolates customer networks from one another. While inherently less flexible than the private cloud, a hybrid cloud offers the compelling cost model that nears that of a public cloud, and can be used for time-sensitive spill-over loads that a private cloud cannot accommodate. The IBM Smart Business Development and Test on the IBM Cloud beta is a public cloud today but will soon offer hybrid cloud features.
Public, private or hybrid. Whether using one or several of these cloud models in the enterprise, customers can realize significant cost and time savings over earlier IT delivery models, including the painful “drop ship” delivery method of an earlier time.
For more information, visit www.ibm.com/cloud
Ria Hyman 06000032P4 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  cloudburst smart ibmcloud ibm business tivoli servive-management cloud systems ibmontwitter service cloudcomputing infrastructure smarter-cloud cloud-computing dynamic management 1 Comment 1,042 Visits
Ria Hyman 06000032P4 email@example.com Tags:  educause cloudcomputing smarter academia ibmontwitter ibmcloud education cloud lotuslive cloud-computing 1 Comment 1,276 Visits
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.
Ria Hyman 06000032P4 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  business service systems ibmcloud cloud smarter-cloud cloudcomputing servive-management ibmontwitter tivoli ibm cloudburst dynamic infrastructure management cloud-computing smart 6 Comments 6,608 Visits
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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Clint Sherwood 270002F7UT email@example.com Tags:  cloud tivoli ibmcloud cloud-computing service-management management cloudcomputing service 2 Comments 1,300 Visits
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!
Clint Sherwood 270002F7UT firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  websphere tivoli cloud ibmontwitter cloudcomputing computing cloud-computing cloudburst ibmcloud 2,495 Visits
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.
For more information, contact Ria at firstname.lastname@example.org