Choosing a Cloud Provider with Confidence

Many cloud service providers can deliver the security that enterprises need and SSL (secure sockets layer) certificates are part of the solution. The goal of this white paper is to help enterprises make pragmatic decisions about where and when to use cloud solutions by outlining specific issues that enterprises should raise with hosting providers before selecting a vendor, and by highlighting the ways in which SSL from a trusted certificate authority can help enterprises conduct business in the cloud with confidence.
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Create Operational Flexibility with Cost-Effective Cloud Computing

This white paper provides a view of cloud computing for the chemicals and petroleum industry and describes the technologies and functions that can help them improve efficiency, reduce costs and enable new capabilities. It also gives an overview of the numerous IBM cloud offerings for the chemicals and petroleum industry: IBM Smart Business Storage Cloud, IBM LotusLive, IBM CloudBurst and IBM Cloud Consulting Services.
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Deploy a dynamic, services-oriented cloud for your business

There is no "silver bullet" in the cloud. No single product or packaged bundle can deliver all the virtualization you need to make the cloud real or all the control you need to make it effective. Heterogeneous, evolving and typically complex, the cloud requires a measured approach to its implementation and an integrated approach to its many components. A technology such as the hypervisor that creates compute virtualization is, in fact, only one of a cloud's many building blocks. When designing a cloud, organizations should consider the needs of the applications and workloads beyond compute virtualization such as networking and storage-and then evaluate the integration and control requirements across cloud and non-cloud business services.
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5 Ways a Smart Cloud Strategy Boosts the Bottom Line

Cloud computing continues to gain momentum in organizations of all sizes, and with good cause. With a myriad of solutions from bare metal to sophisticated software, IT and business units alike are finding new ways to achieve business goals by provisioning new solutions "as a service" using public, private or hybrid cloud offerings. Other than moving from capital to operating expenses, how can a smart cloud strategy bring real bottom-line benefits and help fuel business growth?

This ITMJ shows five ways organizations can support overall business goals while improving IT performance across a wide swath of business use cases. New business functions can be spun up in weeks instead of months, speeding time to value while freeing up IT resources to focus on business issues instead of patching servers.

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How to build a scalable, security-rich private cloud – in weeks, not months

If your organization is looking to work faster - and with greater agility - you probably know that a private cloud could be a good solution. But you should also know that traditional methods for implementing an automated private cloud using PaaS can take up to six months. With IBM Private Modular cloud, however yours can be deployed in weeks. Learn how IBM Private Modular Cloud can help you build and deploy a security-rich private PaaS cloud environment that leverages customizable modules which can scale to meet your specific business and IT needs.
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What If IT Dev and Ops Teams Worked Together in the Cloud?

Join Dell and Gigaom Research for an analyst roundtable webinar focusing on bringing together IT and developers to better realize the full potential of cloud computing. James Urquhart, Director of Product, Cloud Management Systems, will be part of a panel, along with Ben Kepes from Diversity Analysis and Robert Benefield from Evolve Beyond, moderated by analyst Paul Miller.
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Control Your Clouds with Dell Cloud Manager

Learn how Dell Cloud Manager enables IT to take control of cloud operations, maintain governance policies and increase business agility. This tool allows you to control your cloud infrastructure and the applications you deploy into your private, public or hybrid clouds. You can secure your clouds, deploy applications with a click of a button and monitor usage to ensure compliance needs are met. The webinar includes a product demo featuring self-service provisioning of resources, quick application deployment, application automation in one or multiple clouds, configuration management, role-based access controls and financial controls/tracking.
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Cloud DevOps: Achieving Agility Through the App Lifecycle

The shift to automated processes operating on a cloud infrastructure requires changes to how applications are provisioned and operated throughout their lifecycle. Developing an integrated strategy to achieve lifecycle agility has given rise to a new operating paradigm commonly referred to as DevOps. Read about the shift to DevOps, and why and how integrated cloud management as part of an overall DevOps strategy enables true application lifecycle agility.
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IDC: IBM PureFlex System Ready for Cloud

Cloud computing represents an opportunity for enterprise and service provider datacenters to become more agile and flexible by using self-service infrastructure provisioning; automated, dynamic resource pooling and scaling; and consumption-based metering to improve accelerate cloud infrastructure configuration, provisioning, and life-cycle management. Integrated systems, such as the IBM PureFlex System, pre-integrate and optimize software stacks with compute, storage, network, and management software resources to enable optimal performance of mission-critical applications and workloads. Many IT organizations are using integrated systems as core platforms to enable private clouds and public cloud service delivery environments. IDC interviews show that organizations using IBM PureFlex System as the infrastructure platform for cloud realized over $640,000 in benefits related to improved infrastructure deployment, performance, and operational economics.
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IBM PureFlex System: Simplified cloud services that accelerate cloud deployments and improve IT efficiency

To keep up with the demands of mobile usage and social business you have to manage huge amounts of data. This means you need your IT to support rapid development of new applications, particularly mobile and social apps, to keep pace with the competition. You need to be able to analyze big data to uncover new insights, business models and revenue opportunities. You have to be able to act quickly so you can respond while findings are still relevant. Cloud computing is the delivery model that can support these imperatives. Over 10,000 clients rely on IBM technology to optimize their social, mobile, and big data workloads on cloud infrastructure. PureSystems solutions build on this cloud experience, integrating it into the system to improve efficiency and simplify deployment.
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Four Myths of Cloud Backup

Many popular myths surround cloud backup and recovery including these four:

1. It’s impossible to maintain data privacy in the cloud.
2. It’s impossible to control access to data in the cloud.
3. The cloud and compliance don’t mix.
4. Cloud backup doesn’t provide fast data recovery.

Learn the truth and find out why the cloud remains not only a viable option for backup but also the best one.

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Stepping Into the Cloud: A Practical Guide to Creating and Implementing a Successful Cloud Strategy

The cloud decision may be the easy part. For most businesses, the benefits promised by cloud computing - including agility, process optimization, speed to market, and cost reduction - warrant a closer look, if not a test drive. At least at the decision-table, curiosity and hope in the potential for transformation are winning out over caution. This practical guide offers steps for moving your company into the cloud, at whatever pace you prefer, with a focus on the SmartCloud Services portfolio offered by IBM and its partners.
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