IBM gets patent to battle cloud ‘noisy neighbor’ problem with SDN

  photo: Shutterstock / macka SUMMARY:IBM has been awarded a patent for moving virtual machines across physical servers in a cloud in order to ensure applications are receiving the bandwidth they need. It’s an interesting solution to a problem that has plagued some cloud users. Even ardent cloud computing users get frustrated at times, and one ...

IBM says it’s tapping SoftLayer for more of its cloud biz

SUMMARY:Big Blue is moving more of its SaaS applications and SmartCloud workloads over to Softlayer, the cloud player it bought for $2 billion. But skeptics still aren’t sure that IBM “gets” cloud. IBM is starting to consolidate more of its diverse cloud offerings, including itsbusiness role-specific SaaS products, around SoftLayer, the company it bought this summer ...

For SoftLayer customers, IBM buy could bring benefits — or migration to other clouds

  SUMMARY:IBM has big plans following its acquisition of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider SoftLayer, and while the roadmap isn’t clear, the deal could yield benefits for current SoftLayer customers. Customers of cloud provider SoftLayer have mixed impressions of what could lie ahead following IBM’s acquisition of the company. Some of SoftLayer’s 21,000 customers only see good things resulting ...

Why IBM desperately needed to buy SoftLayer

  SUMMARY:Can IBM use SoftLayer as a way to fend off Amazon Web Service incursions? Or is it already too late? IBM’s acquisition of SoftLayer is a bid to make the IT giant relevant in a world where Amazon Web Services has come in from left field to snarf up workloads that IBM would very much ...

It’s official: IBM to buy SoftLayer

SUMMARY:SoftLayer and IBM’s legacy SmartCloud will form the basis of a new Global Cloud Services division. In one of the industry’s worst-kept secrets, IBM is buying SoftLayer, a respected cloud services provider. This news, evidence that IBM CEO Ginny Rometty is continuing IBM’s M&A legacy, has been some time in coming. In March, Reuters reported ...

SAP to world: We’re a cloud company, no really!

  photo: Shutterstock user Rechitan Sorin SUMMARY:To the surprise of very few, SAP plans to put make its HANA analytical database available as a cloud service. SAP, the enterprise software giant, has been beating the cloud drum for years. Last year it put its All-in-One ERP application on Amazon Web Services.  Five months later it did the same ...

IBM has a new protocol (and a box) for the internet of things

  SUMMARY:IBM has a new box for the internet of things, but it’s the MQTT protocol inside that box that’s worth a long look. The protocol could become the messaging layer for the internet of things. IBM may be in talks to sell off its server division, but it’s not abandoning hardware just yet. Instead, Big ...

IBM buys UrbanCode for its devops chops

This was posted originally on Gigaom. SUMMARY:Big Blue says UrbanCode’s software works well with its own Worklight mobile application development platfrom to speed up the creation and deployment of mobile (and cloud) apps. If there was any doubt that devops — the practice of getting development and operations teams to work together to design and ...

Why IBM might ditch servers and become Intelligent Business Middleware

This was posted originally on Gigaom. SUMMARY:IBM is reportedly in talks to sell it’s server business to Lenovo. As it ditches commodity hardware again, where is IBM’s fortune going to be made? Mobility and data. tweet this The tides of enterprise IT have shifted. While there’s still money to be made in selling servers, the ...