Serverless – getting the most value out of public cloud

What is the cloud? The joke I always used to hear is that it’s “just someone else’s computer”. Well, if a public cloud is just treated like any other data center, with VMs and servers running statically 24x7x365, I could see how someone would be inclined to say that. But the value in using aContinue reading “Serverless – getting the most value out of public cloud”

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IBM Cloud Satellite – bringing managed cloud services anywhere

For many organizations, public cloud is the main place applications are deployed to today and for good reason. Utilizing public cloud managed services properly brings flexibility and ease of use that allows companies to focus on what’s important to them. But a public cloud isn’t the hammer for every nail. Established organizations may have applicationsContinue reading “IBM Cloud Satellite – bringing managed cloud services anywhere”

Connecting to IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers through Direct Link

Over the past few months, I’ve had a similar recurring question come up from customers, “How do I access my IBM PowerVS LPARs through my IBM Cloud Direct Link”.  While there is documentation available that shows how to conceptually do it, a practical end-to-end guide does not exist. Let’s first start by reviewing the targetContinue reading “Connecting to IBM Power Systems Virtual Servers through Direct Link”

Security and Compliance in the IBM Cloud – Posture Management

Moving workloads to a cloud provider presents a fundamental shift in the way security is handled for most organizations. The transition from being responsible for security for the entire stack in an on-premise DC to the shared responsibility model in a cloud environment is an area where security and operations teams need to pay closeContinue reading “Security and Compliance in the IBM Cloud – Posture Management”

Deploying highly available web servers in a VPC on IBM Cloud

I frequently get a lot of questions on how to go about setting up a VPC in IBM Cloud so I decided to make a video out of it. In the video below I step through how to create a VPC, how to deploy 3 Virtual Server Instances across multiple Availability Zones to run ApacheContinue reading “Deploying highly available web servers in a VPC on IBM Cloud”

Setting up a Squid Proxy on Centos 8 in IBM Cloud

Squid is an open-source proxy server that can support a wide variety of protocols such as HTTP and HTTPS. One of its uses is as a cache in front of large websites to accelerate the delivery of content. In my use case I used it as a forward proxy for outgoing HTTP requests to theContinue reading “Setting up a Squid Proxy on Centos 8 in IBM Cloud”

Does vSphere have a place in your public cloud strategy?

Now I know what some of you may be thinking, if you are going to move workloads to a public cloud, why would you need vSphere anymore? Today I will give you a few reasons to consider VMware vSphere as part of your cloud strategy. Server virtualization, may not be the hot technology that everyoneContinue reading “Does vSphere have a place in your public cloud strategy?”