IBM SmartCloud Enterprise Unleashed VI

This edition focuses on IBM’s open cloud strategy and dives a bit deeper into the IBM SmartCloud Application Services services for DevOps and pattern based deployments.

IBM SmartCloud Enterprise Unleashed V

This edition focuses on what’s new in IBM SmartCloud Enterprise release 2.2 and IBM SmartCloud Application Services 1.0. You will find the link to an e-book “Cloud Services for Dummies” which is available at no charge and also discover how to do encryption in your images and find out what the differences are between IBM…

IBM SmartCloud Enterprise Unleased III – The Security Issue

Featured on Thoughts On Cloud on January 9, 2013. There is a lot to do about security in relation to cloud computing, especially for public cloud environments. This blog post will go into detail on how security is arranged within and around IBM SmartCloud Enterprise. This is the third part of the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise…

Democratization of IT (macro trend 3 of 3)

Back in September 2009, the Burton Group (acquired by Gartner in January 2010) posted three predictions for the year to come. Three macro trends were determined and detailed: externalization of IT, consumerization of IT, and democratization of IT. This blog post discusses democratization of IT; the two previous postings covered externalization of IT and consumerization…

Design patterns for the Cloud

Featured on Thoughts on Cloud on November 26, 2012. Wouldn’t it be great to harness the power of patterns in combination with cloud computing? I’ve blogged about service oriented modeling (SOM) before, because I truly believe in the power and business benefit of orchestrating commoditized IT services. Let’s see how the concept of patterns is…

Enterprise versus Enterprise+

Featured on Thoughts on Cloud on January 7, 2013. Cloud computing changes the way we think about technology. Cloud is a computing model providing web-based software, middleware and computing resources on demand. By deploying technology as a service, you give users access only to the resources they need for a particular task. This prevents you…

Rapid elasticity and the cloud

Originally written for and posted on ThoughtsOnCloud.com. More cloud provider nowadays are advertising their capabilities on elastic scaling, but what is this exactly and how do we benefit from this? One of the five characteristics of cloud computing In 2011 the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defined cloud computing in their publication, “The…

IBM SmartCloud Enterprise unleashed II

Originally written for and posted on ThoughtsOnCloud.com. This blog posting will elaborate some of the capabilities of SmartCloud Enterprise and detail some usage scenarios. The usage scenarios show you what different types of functionality can be offered by combining SmartCloud Enterprise capabilities with and without third-party capabilities to get ready business functionality.

DevOps and the Cloud

Originally written for and posted on ThoughtsOnCloud.com. One of the hot topics around these days in IT is DevOps. But what is it exactly, why would I want it, and if so, how do I get it? This blog post discusses these three questions; it’s up to you to decide when you start using it.

IBM SmartCloud Enterprise unleashed

Named no. 7 most popular post in 2012 on ThoughtsOnCloud.com by @IBMCloud. A lot of information is available about IBM SmartCloud Enterprise capabilities, but it’s not always easy to find. This blog post contains an overview of the capabilities of, and how to use and configure IBM SmartCloud Enterprise to fit your business needs and…

Consumerization of IT (macro trend 2 of 3)

Back in September 2009, the Burton Group (acquired by Gartner in January 2010) posted three predictions for the year to come. Three macro trends were determined and detailed: externalization of IT, consumerization of IT, and democratization of IT. This blog post discusses consumerization of IT; the previous posting was about externalization; a follow up post…