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IBM® SmartCloud® Essentials

Edwin Schouten

This book provides an overview of what modern cloud computing involves, and then focuses specifically on the most important features of the IBM SmartCloud portfolio. A crash course in implementing cloud computing for your organization.
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Book Details

ISBN 139781782170648
Paperback112 pages

About This Book

  • Understand the basic concepts of cloud computing and learn about common cloud standards
  • Learn about the IBM SmartCloud portfolio with its many facets
  • Full of clearly explained concepts, step-by-step instructions and hands-on exercises

Who This Book Is For

This book is great for anyone who wants to get a grasp of what cloud computing is and what IBM SmartCloud has to offer. If you are an IT specialist, IT architect, system administrator, or a developer who wants to thoroughly understand the cloud computing resource model, this book is ideal for you. No prior knowledge of cloud computing is expected.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: IBM SmartCloud
A brief history of IBM
Beware of fake clouds!
The value of cloud services
The IBM SmartCloud portfolio
Chapter 2: IBM SmartCloud Enterprise
Basic services
Premium services
Estimating your cost
Preparing to get started
Navigating to the SCE management console
Chapter 3: Getting Started
Popular uses
Provisioning our first virtual machine instance
Connecting to the instance
Many more functions!
Chapter 4: Advanced Use-cases
Using REST (and other) APIs
Image management
Securing your resources
Monitoring instances
High availability
Chapter 5: There's an Ecosystem for That
IBM product images
IBM Business Partner solutions
Cloud ecosystem partner images
Ready for IBM SmartCloud Services solutions
Chapter 6: Further Developments
IBM SmartCloud Application Services
Valuable sources of information
A glimpse into our crystal ball

What You Will Learn

  • Navigate the IBM SmartCloud portfolio, which contains a wide variety of cloud computing services
  • Explore the advantages of cloud computing, and the most important cloud standardization bodies
  • Create virtual servers and virtual storage
  • Create images, and perform basic functions using the self-service management console
  • Set up virtually any application topology.
  • Perform a cost estimate for your cloud system within minutes
  • Establish object storage to store terabytes of files and other important data in a highly secure way

In Detail

IBM, the oldest technology company in the world, has a wide variety of powerful cloud services to offer from its IBM SmartCloud portfolio. Being able to differentiate them, and knowing how to use them efficiently gives you a competitive advantage over others.

Starting with the basics of cloud computing, this guide covers the wide range of cloud components, services, and solutions in the IBM SmartCloud portfolio. Following on from this, you’ll be introduced to the public , Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud service - IBM SmartCloud Enterprise; before peeking into the future of IBM cloud services. Using this book, you will discover the advantage of both traditional enterprise computing and public cloud computing.

You will explore IBM’s portfolio of cloud computing solutions ranging from infrastructure services (IaaS), to business services (BPaaS), and private to public cloud. You will be taken through a number of in-depth use-cases, examples, and hand-on exercises that will help you to take advantage of infrastructure as a service solution IBM SmartCloud Enterprise quickly and easily.

You will learn everything you need to know about the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise, including how to take advantage of cloud computing within your organization.


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