Ria Hyman 06000032P4 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  as ibmontwitter isv saas clouds cloud-computing #ibmcloud ibmcloud cloud specialty a program service computing software 1 Comment 3,582 Visits
Cloud computing is a often referenced as a game changer. And today clients are increasing their adoption of Software as a Service (SaaS), driven by ease of deployment, flexibility, scalability and predictable pricing models. To remain competitive, independent software vendors (ISVs) must define and execute their SaaS strategy, either exclusively or as an alternative to on-premise deployment. Most ISVs recognize this and are currently evaluating how to integrate cloud into their businesses. There's no question that cloud computing can help facilitate the development process, streamline delivery and closely align investment with revenue. However this does not eliminate the challenge of successfully integrating cloud.
A new white paper from Stratecast, a division of Frost & Sullivan, examines the evolving cloud-based SaaS market looking at the benefits and also what ISVs need to be mindful of on their path to cloud computing. You'll also get a view of the IBM SaaS Specialty Program as a useful option for ISVs who are looking for assistance to build and execute a SaaS strategy. Read about one business partner's success with SaaS.
IBM offers support every step of the way. To learn more, visit ibm.com/partnerworld/saas or email us at email@example.com.
Ria Hyman 06000032P4 firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  computing svcmgmt management service payback cloud ibmontwitter guide cloudburst cloud-computing ibmcloud 3 Comments 2,963 Visits
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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Tiffany Winman 12000065XB email@example.com Tags:  computing gmas cloud dynamic pearson smart-business archive cloud-computing saas tivoli information dynamic-infrastructure dyninfra storage archiving infrastructure systems 1 Comment 2,875 Visits
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).
Tiffany Winman 12000065XB firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  smart-business cloud systems pool fastprotect storage dynamic-infrastructure cloudburst pools cloud-computing computing virtualization dynamic infrastructure dyninfra virtual 1 Comment 4,430 Visits
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:
Ria Hyman 06000032P4 email@example.com Tags:  ibmtivoli ibmcloud cloud-computing pulse tivoli ibm computing ibmpulse pulse2010 cloud service-management 5 Comments 5,055 Visits
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
want feedback on have an idea, just leave a blog comment here.
Clint Sherwood 270002F7UT firstname.lastname@example.org Tags:  websphere tivoli cloud ibmontwitter cloudcomputing computing cloud-computing cloudburst ibmcloud 3,445 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
Tiffany Winman 12000065XB email@example.com Tags:  video computing smarter-planet cloud-computing tivoli cloud smarter-cloud 1 Comment 2,038 Visits
In case you haven't seen it yet, here's the new IBM Cloud Computing ad on TV.
Everyone's searching for the gem of definition that most succinctly defines Cloud. I have to admit I was rickrolled by John Willis (@botchgalupe) on Twitter when he tweeted a link to Harry Potter's definition of Cloud. Good one! I enjoyed the humor of the day.
In the IBM video, I like how the definition of Cloud instead evolves to what Cloud does for you, what it helps you solve (It's email, lowers energy bill, shares pictures, predicts traffic patterns, helps me collaborate and develop software, understands risks" ). This focus demonstrates the Smarter Cloud perspective in line with the larger Smarter Planet theme.
But one of the most interesting concepts in the video was the "My Cloud" thing, indicating that we personalize and customize our experiences, almost like a Build-a-Bear Workshop. "My Cloud says, 'I'm glad you're my friend. What shall we do today?'" The scary, convoluted IT definition all of a sudden becomes a warm and fuzzy teddy bear. :)
While the semantic discussions of Cloud will no doubt continue to thrive, the move to focus on the whys and whats of Cloud opens the door to a wider audience (like the little girl whose Cloud shares pictures) and wider threads of interesting conversations.
In the spirit of the popular "What's Yours Like?" game, I'm interested in hearing what "Your Cloud" view is. How would you complete this phrase?: "My Cloud is..."